Mueller Indicts 13 Russians For Interfering In US Election

Shortly after noon on Friday, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced an indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities, accusing them of interfering in the 2016 presidential election and operating fake social media accounts.

In the indictment announced on Friday - the first criminal case to accuse Russians of seeking to influence the outcome of the U.S. election and support Donald Trump - Mueller describes a sweeping, years-long, multimillion-dollar conspiracy by hundreds of Russians aimed at criticizing Hillary Clinton and supporting Senator Bernie Sanders and Trump. He charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities and accused them of defrauding the U.S. government by interfering with the political process.

Mueller charges "defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown to  the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016."

The indictment adds that the Russians "were instructed to post content that focused on 'politics in the USA' and to 'use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump—we support them)'."

It gets better: the defendants reportedly worked day and night shifts to pump out messages, controlling pages targeting a range of issues, including immigration, Black Lives Matter, and they amassed hundreds of thousands of followers. They set up and used servers inside the U.S. to mask the Russian origin of the accounts.

Ultimately, and this is the punchline, the goal was to disparage Hillary Clinton and to assist the election of Donald Trump.

In other words, anyone who was disparaging Clinton, may have "unwittingly" been a collaborator of the 13 Russian "specialists" who cost Hillary the election.

The Russian organization named in the indictment - the Internet Research Agency - and the defendants began working in 2014 - so one year before the Trump candidacy was even announced - to interfere in U.S. elections, according to the indictment in Washington. They used false personas and social media while also staging political rallies and communicating with “unwitting individuals” associated with the Trump campaign, it said.

The Russians “had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system,” according to the indictment in Washington.

The Russians also reportedly bought advertisements on U.S. social media, created numerous Twitter accounts designed to appear as if they were U.S. groups or people, according to the indictment. One fake account, @TEN_GOP account, attracted more than 100,000 online followers.

The Russians tracked the metrics of their effort in reports and budgeted for their efforts. Some, as described below, traveled to the U.S. to gather intelligence for the surreptitious campaign. They used stolen U.S. identities, including fake driver’s licenses, and contacted news media outlets to promote their activities.

The full list of named defendants in addition to the Internet Research Agency, as well as Concord Management and Consulting and Concord Catering, include:


Mueller’s office said that none of the defendants was in custody.

So how is Trump involved? Well, he isn't, as it now seems that collusion narrative is dead, and instead Russian involvement was unilateral. Instead, according to the indictment, the Russian operations were unsolicited and pro bono, and included "supporting Trump... and disparaging Hillary Clinton,' staging political rallies, buying political advertising while posing as grassroots U.S. groups. Oh, and communicating "with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities."

Defendant ORGANIZATION had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Defendants posted derogatory information about a number of candidates, and by early to mid-2016, Defendants' operations included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump ("Trump Campaign") and disparaging Hillary Clinton. Defendants made various expenditures to carry out those activities, including buying political advertisements on social media in the names of U.S. persons and entities. Defendants also staged political rallies inside the United States, and while posing as U.S. grassroots entities and U.S. persons, and without revealing their Russian identities and ORGANIZATION affiliation, solicited and compensated real U.S. persons to promote or disparage candidates. Some Defendants, posing as U.S. persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities.

Furthermore, the dastardly Russians created fake accounts to pretend they are Americans:

Defendants, posing as U.S. persons and creating false U.S. personas, operated social media pages and groups designed to attract U.S. audiences. These groups and pages, which addressed divisive U.S. political and social issues, falsely claimed to be controlled by U.S. activists when, in fact, they were controlled by Defendants. Defendants also used the stolen identities of real U.S. persons to post on ORGANIZATION-controlled social media accounts. Over time, these social media accounts became Defendants' means to reach significant numbers of Americans for purposes of interfering with the U.S. political system, including the presidential election of 2016

Mueller also alleges a combination of traditional and modern espionage...

Certain Defendants traveled to the United States under false pretenses for the purpose of collecting intelligence to inform Defendants' operations. Defendants also procured and used computer infrastructure, based partly in the United States, to hide the Russian origin of their activities and to avoid detection by U.S. regulators and law enforcement.

Mueller also charges that two of the defendants received US visas and from approximately June 4, 2014 through June 26, 2014, KRYLOVA and BOGACHEVA "traveled in and around the United States, including stops in Nevada, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, and New York to gather intelligence, After the trip, KRYLOVA and BURCHIK exchanged an intelligence report regarding the trip."

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The indictment points to a broader conspiracy beyond the pages of the indictment, saying the grand jury has heard about other people with whom the Russians allegedly conspired in their efforts.

Stocks are not happy.



Rosenstein is expected to hold a briefing at 1:30pm ET. Watch it live below:

Read the indictment below (link):


Billy the Poet Never One Roach Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:05 Permalink

I wonder if any of these Russians were behind the anti-Trump rallies of November 2016?


Thousands attended protest organized by Russians on Facebook

Thousands of Americans attended a march last November organized by a Russian group that used social media to interfere in the 2016 election.

The demonstration in New York City, which took place a few days after the election, appears to be the largest and most successful known effort to date pulled off by Russian-linked groups intent on using social media platforms to influence American politics.

Sixteen thousand Facebook users said that they planned to attend a Trump protest on Nov. 12, 2016, organized by the Facebook page for BlackMattersUS, a Russian-linked group that sought to capitalize on racial tensions between black and white Americans. The event was shared with 61,000 users.

As many as 5,000 to 10,000 protesters actually convened at Manhattan's Union Square. They then marched to Trump Tower, according to media reports at the time.

The BlackMattersUS-organized rally took advantage of outrage among groups on the left following President Trump’s victory on Nov. 8 to galvanize support for its event. The group’s protest was the fourth consecutive anti-Trump rally in New York following election night, and one of many across the country.   

“Join us in the streets! Stop Trump and his bigoted agenda!” reads the Facebook event page for the rally. “Divided is the reason we just fell. We must unite despite our differences to stop HATE from ruling the land.”…

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SamAdams Belrev Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:08 Permalink

Indict AIPAC.  That is the real foreign interference in ALL US elections.  Such hypocrisy.

At the very least, make them register as a foreign operation!


Information warfare using social media?  What, you mean like the Israeli students who are paid to shape public opinion thru social media?  This is no secret and has been in the news.  I fail to find the difference?  Psychologists call this projection, that is where you accuse others of the crimes you commit

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overbet Shillinlikeavillan Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:34 Permalink

Boy Hillary sure didnt get her money's worth. She shoulda hired these people. 

Is it ok for MSM for to make all of their disparaging commentary, but not ok for people to do the same? Mueller mustve forgot about the craigslist ads hiring protesters to attack Trump rallies. What a fucking clown show.

I guess that's it Mueller gets his indictments to save face and Trump is pleased its over. 

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El Vaquero overbet Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:44 Permalink

This ties directly into the October 31, 2017 testimony from Facebook, Twitter and Google regarding Russian media presence on social media.  Mueller is grasping here, and given that it talks about visas granted for short visits, I'm led to believe that most of these people are actually not on US soil to be arrested.  This means political grandstanding via an indictment that is never going to see a courtroom where the evidence can be examined and witnesses can be cross examined.  It looks like Mueller would have these people for identity theft if he had them in the US, which he probably doesn't.  


I'm going to get called a Russian bot over this elsewhere.  Well, maybe facetiously here.  #WeAreAllRussianBotsNow

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pods Shemp 4 Victory Fri, 02/16/2018 - 14:22 Permalink

Wow, I am going to have to keep the radio off for a couple of days.  They are going to be wall to wall on this. Maybe even bump the stories where fakely sympathetic reporter cunts (FSRC)  ask mother's if they miss their dead kids.

This is a fucking clownshow anymore. Jesus, THIS is what the investigation brought home?  Holy fuckshit, this is a joke.  Some guy had 100k followers?  Really?  Like anyone GAF about that?  We have AIPAC making candidates kneel before them and yet some guys on Tweeter fucked around.  I think that is even bullshit. If Russians really did that, they wouldn't "work in shifts" they would program some fucking bots to do this.

I can just imagine the fake outrage that that worthless kike from NY Chuckie "don't get between me and a camera" Schumer has to say about this.

This is a Matrix alright, and a cheap ass one at that.

Mueller should be taken out and horsewhipped for bringing this shit home.

Hey Mueller, I read a comment on Yahoo news that was in broken English. Go get um!


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DillyDilly stizazz Fri, 02/16/2018 - 16:27 Permalink

I hereby submit... I'm gonna turn myself over to AUTHORITIES & beg that they send me straight to GITMO because I had Russian dressing on my salad last week...


It was an accident! I made the dressing myself at home:


- I substituted 'white pepper' for the paprika

- I used sugar & turnip  juice instead of the beet juice

- & I tried the 'Frank's' WHITE hot sauce instead of the RED hot sauce


Careless errors, which I should have wiped (like with a cloth)...


So now:


- TRUMP needs to be impeached

- Maxine Waters/Pelosi/Schiff/Schumer need cabinet posts

- the 'jew of the week' lawyer needs to take Ginsberg's spot before he croaks

- Hillary needs to be dug up from the crypt, and Kamala Harris needs a 20012 zip code.


That's it people ~ That's AMERICAN POLITICS (& I used to live in Italy and laugh about THEIR politics)

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Tarzan Whoa Dammit Fri, 02/16/2018 - 21:01 Permalink

The hypocrisy is over the top!  Got get something for all that wasted time and money. 

They're feeling the heat, gotta wrap things up, before their whole world gets exposed.

And what great timing, then after another school massacre, by yet another pill popping kid the FBI was informed of! 

I gotta wonder, who was whispering in his ear?

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pparalegal Whoa Dammit Sat, 02/17/2018 - 01:40 Permalink

During the campaign they had full sized billboards along California freeways (I-5 & Hwy 99 in central CA) of a Che Guevara clenched fist and arm overwritten with VOTA! All sponsored by an NGO no one ever heard of in small print at the bottom.

I would guess at least a million or two spent on outdoor advertising for Marxist loving Spanish speakers only. No vote trolling there. No siree.

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RopeADope Give Me Some Truth Fri, 02/16/2018 - 22:15 Permalink

2/8 Russians killed by US in Syria
2/10 Israeli F-16 is shot down and Putin warns Bibi to not escalate.
2/13 Police in Israel recommend Bibi for indictment, Likud tactic of creating dead bodies to get out of situation is stymied by prior Putin warning.
2/16 US comes up with bizarre indictment of troll farm (apparently linked to CIA to hack Russia) to smear Russia.

This next week will be interesting to see if Kushner gets the Dotard in Chief to strike Syria to make Bibi look good. I seem to recall that an Israeli airforce plane had crashed while attacking Syria before Trump's cruise missile strike last year.

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BetterRalph DillyDilly Sat, 02/17/2018 - 02:57 Permalink

I get your implied sarcasm. 

But these COMMIES put a proxy (99% good guy FBI Traitors) in between those they accuse. HOW to fight that.  (what do you even call them 99% good guy treasonous pieces of crap?)   it's straight forced scorched earth, once it kicks off, so it would be wise to lock up the source of this crap before it expands any further. I had a heart attack, I don't have tolerance for this anymore, I have limited YEARS upon this EARTH.

* TRUMP 2020

* Maxine Waters, Pelosi, Schiff, Schumer need the AWAN SPY RING AND RAT LINE REMOVED FROM THEIR DUMB ASSES


* Kamala needs a 66027 zip code  (Ft Leavenworth Kansas)

* DEACTIVATE THE FBI (restore the rule of law)

* DEACTIVATE THE CIA (avoid ww3)

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nmewn Withdrawn Sanction Fri, 02/16/2018 - 18:21 Permalink

Or...its just a giant Deep State smokescreen to cover up a conspiracy to fix the election for Hillary. 

It could have been any state actor, it just happened that Obama had imposed sanctions on Russia and Flynn was unmasked by an "illegal" warrant talking about it to the Russian ambassador.


I'm still of the opinion she had to run for president and most of all >>>WIN<<< in order to be in a position to cover up her past crimes.

Mueller is her/their last "hope" ;-)

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HippieHaulers nmewn Fri, 02/16/2018 - 21:00 Permalink

Are you tired of winning yet, nmewn?

This is a joke, no? All the spicy memes of the Great Meme War were 100% American made and grassroots. I'd like to see some of the influential copy these Russian influence peddlers were generating.

And what happened to Trump-Russia-Possible Collusion? What a mess and waste of time.

I have foreign press, some actually state run, at my fingertips on the WWW anytime I like, thanks to our free and open society. As an informed citizen, I can read outlets like BBC, RT, Press TV, Al Jazeera, Haeretz, etc., and understand the bias implicit. Still good sources for news.

If hacking or other forms of illegal statecraft were involved, that is bad, and should be countered. But c'mon, internet trolls?

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BennyBoy pods Fri, 02/16/2018 - 14:38 Permalink


The Russians duped me.

I was gonna vote for Hillary then I read tweets where she bullied the woman her husband raped to keep quiet. And how her foundation got hundreds of $millions from countries with business before her at the state dept. ALEKSANDRA YURYEVNA KRYLOVA mislead me.

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BennyBoy BennyBoy Fri, 02/16/2018 - 14:42 Permalink


Its probably nothing....


Lee Fang February 15 2018, 10:10 a.m.

WANHUA CHEMICAL, A $10 billion chemical company controlled by the Chinese government, now has an avenue to influence American elections.

On Monday, Wanhua joined the American Chemistry Council, a lobby organization for chemical manufacturers that is unusually aggressive in intervening in U.S. politics.

The ACC is a prominent recipient of so-called dark money — that is, unlimited amounts of cash from corporations or individuals the origins of which are only disclosed to the IRS, not the public. During the 20122014, and 2016 election cycles, the ACC took this dark money and spent over $40 million of it on contributions to super PACs, lobbying, and direct expenditures. (Additional money flowed directly to candidates via the ACC’s political action committee.).....…

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BrownCoat BennyBoy Fri, 02/16/2018 - 17:01 Permalink

"the goal was to disparage Hillary Clinton"

Not very hard to do. Let's see, (1) Russian uranium deal, (2) Clinton Foundation pillage of Haiti aid, and (3) a dead ambassador over a covert arms deal. 

Most people were voting for Clinton because she was a cunt!

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Theosebes Goodfellow pods Fri, 02/16/2018 - 14:42 Permalink

~" In other words, anyone who was disparaging Clinton, may have "unwittingly" been a collaborator of the 13 Russian "specialists" who cost Hillary the election. "~

Wait, does this mean that "disparaging Hillary" was just for the witless? I've been doing that for years, (without any Russian influence at all), and have found it to be rather witty virtually all the time.

Can we NOW get to the point where we appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary?

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