US Charges 12 Russian Intelligence Officers for Hacking DNC, Running DCLeaks

Alan Dershowitz says Russian indictments are proof a special counsel is unnecessary

Dershowitz was responding to a question from Fox News host Martha MacCallum about a tweet by Rudy Giuliani, lawyer for President Donald Trump, who wrote after the indictments were announced, "The Russians are nailed".

The 29-page indictment lists actions such as phishing attacks, money laundering, and attempts to break into state election boards carried out by Russian agents as they looked to sabotage Hilary Clinton's election campaign.

Alan Dershowitz said that the indictments produced in the special counsel investigation into Russian interference were proof that no special counsel was ever necessary.

The document, published by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, says the officers were members of the Russian government's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), which suggests their work was done with the full knowledge of President Putin.

"There's a substantial amount of evidence to the contrary", he said.

Trump said he did not know who was orchestrating the election hacking but suggested it was "probably China", adding that if it was hypothetically Russian Federation intelligence, it would show their lack of reverence for the United States.

"I probably am the person in the indictment", Stone said.

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"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.

"On or about August 15, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, received a request for stolen documents from a candidate for the US Congress". Absent from indictment are any allegations of conspiracy between Russian operatives and Americans, including members of the Trump campaign.

"The indictment does not allege or even allude that I was part of this alleged hacking nor does it allege or allude to me having anything to do with getting the allegedly hacked material to WikiLeaks", Stone adds in the statement.

"As I testified before the House Intelligence Committee under oath, my 24-word exchange with someone on Twitter claiming to be Guccifer 2.0 is benign based on its content, context and timing", Stone said. Those documents were then publicized by two online channels, a site called DCLeaks and a persona known as Guccifer 2.0.

DCLeaks is another pseudonym used by Russian intelligence officers to release damaging information on Clinton's campaign and Democrats in Washington, according to the indictment.

Special counsel Robert Muller's office declined to comment Friday.

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