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 USA presidential elections.
The indictment represents special counsel Robert Mueller's first charges against Russian government officials for interfering in American politics, an effort US intelligence agencies say was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
The 29-page document, drafted by a team overseen by special counsel Robert Mueller, says that in the months leading up to the November 2016 election, the Russians used fairly simple methods to steal documents from the Democratic Party and the Clinton Campaign.
The Justice Department's indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence agents on Friday was jaw-dropping in its scope and level of details into attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Whether it is the countless cyberattacks, interference with our elections, infringing on its neighboring borders or propping up corrupt regimes, Russian Federation has proven itself to be a hostile nation toward America and our Western allies.
Rosenstein said he briefed Trump about the indictment before Friday's announcement and that the timing was determined by "the facts, the evidence, and the law".
"In a news conference Friday, Rosenstein said the indictment does not name an American citizen as a knowing participant".
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's wide-net Russian Federation investigation has officially resulted in 191 criminal charges against 35 defendants, and that count may only rise.
The Trump-Putin meeting is scheduled for Monday in Finland.
"One unit engaged by stealing information, a different unit by disseminating the information", Rosenstein said.
Some researchers said the indictment might have depended on USA signals intelligence, the fruits of which are rarely revealed because it quotes electronic messages sent to an unidentified organization presumed to be London-based WikiLeaks.
The White House so far has seized on Rosenstein's statement that no Americans are accused of wrongdoing in the indictment, and that the indictment does not claim Russians altered the vote count.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has urged the president to cancel that meeting, in light of the indictment.
President Donald Trump on Saturday scolded the Obama administration for not responding aggressively enough to Russian hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 USA election - cyberattacks underpinning the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers.
McCarthy says Trump's argument that no campaign official has been charged when anything related to a Russian conspiracy clearly holds true. Trump, hours before the indictment was made public, complained about the Russian Federation investigation hours, saying the "stupidity" was making it "very hard to do something with Russian Federation". The indictment does not identify the candidate.
By June 2016, the defendants began planning the release of tens of thousands of stolen emails and documents, the indictment alleges.
"I think I probably am the person referred to", Stone said Friday evening.
The indictment describes WikiLeaks communicating with Guccifer 2.0 to obtain material. "Pretty standard", the person responded.
A former federal prosecutor, Renato Mariotti, raised the question of the next steps in the probe. No Americans are involved.
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