The accused, according to the indictment brought forward by the Special Counsel's Office, used the cryptocurrency to hide their alleged involvement in interfering with the 2016 US presidential elections.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who announced the indictments, disappointed the Clinton camp by once again emphatically stating, "There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime".
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Lawmakers have urged President Donald Trump to cancel his summit with President Vladimir Putin of Russia following Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials accused of hacking DNC servers in 2016.
Two days after that message another followed that stated: "please tell me if I can help u anyhow...it would be a great pleasure to me".
After the indictments were announced, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called on Trump to cancel his meeting with Putin until Russian Federation takes steps to prove it won't interfere in future elections.
"I think it is unlikely to be me because I never have any communication with anyone in the Trump camp regarding my one-time communication with somebody claiming to be Guccifer 2.0", said Stone. "It's very important that they meet".
The indictment's section on how the Russian hackers interacted with Americans names several people who received the stolen documents.
The charges said that no Americans were knowingly in communication with any of the Russian intelligence officers.
Grant Smith, an attorney for Stone, said in a statement that the indictment makes clear that Stone "was not in any way involved with any of the alleged hacking of the 2016 election". But he denied he was the person named in Friday's indictment "because I wasn't in regular contact with members of the Trump campaign", The Hill reported.
Charges levied against the defendants include interfering with the U.S. state boards of election and obtaining unauthorized access to private information belonging to the secretaries of state by "conspir [ing] to hack into [their] computers".
It's unlikely the Russians will be taken to court, but naming them shows the investigation is aware of them and their actions.
In a response to the indictment, the Russian foreign ministry said there was no evidence the 12 individuals were connected to the GRU or other parts of the military intelligence.
U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in January 2017 that Russian Federation, in action ordered by Putin, used propaganda and hacking to meddle in the election to harm Clinton and eventually help Trump. The "missing emails" became a frequent point of attack for Trump and Republicans in the runup to the 2016 election. A person familiar with the investigation also confirmed that the Trump campaign associate referred to in the indictment is Stone.
That group appears to match WikiLeaks, which released large numbers of hacked Democratic Party emails during the 2016 campaign. Private speeches she gave to financial industry firms were particularly damaging within the left wing of the Democratic party and among independents frustrated with the influence of Wall Street in politics.
Nunberg noted that it was more likely Stone believed the emails were actually stolen from Seth Rich, a 27-year-old DNC staffer who was fatally shot on a Washington, D.C. street in the early morning hours of July 10, 2016.
John Dean, the former President Richard Nixon White House counsel, said the timing would force President Trump to comfort Putin's about his military officials meddling into the 2016 presidential elections.
■ They released the materials by creating fictitious online personas, including "DCLeaks" and "Guccifer 2.0". "(P) retty standard", the person responded.
But peaking on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time", Stone changed his tune, suggesting he was the US person named in the Russian Federation indictment.
"This exchange is now entirely public and provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of the DNC emails", said lawyer Grant Smith.
The charges come as Mueller continues to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the election.