Not a rumor: According to today’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for political hackings during the 2016 electon, Hillary Clinton’s personal emails became a Russian target “on or about July 27, 2016” — the exact same day presidential candidate Donald Trump called on Russia to find her missing emails. Trump later said that he wasn’t entirely serious about asking for Russian assistance, that he was just fooling around.
Rosenstein: “The defendants falsely claimed that D.C. Leaks was a group of American hackers and that Guccifer 2.0 was a lone Romanian hacker. In fact both were created and controlled by the Russian GRU” or main intelligence directorate.
The indictment identified the Russian hackers as two specific units of the GRU, called “Unit 26165″ and “Unit 74455.” An apparent cover term for these units is “Fancy Bear.”
The indictment declares that “on or about 8.15.16, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, received a request for stolen documents from a candidate for the U.S. Congress. The Conspirators responded using the Guccifer 2.0 persona and sent the candidate stolen documents related to the candidate’s opponent.” So who was that candidate?
Furthermore, the indictment said the Russians had communicated with a mystery person who was in regular contact with unnamed Trump campaign officials.
Wired‘s Garrett Graff: “News that paid employees of the Russian government — military intelligence officers, no less — interfered and sought to influence the 2016 presidential election, coming just days before the victor of that election will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, amounts to nothing less than an international, geopolitical bombshell.”