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Mueller May Indict Russians Who Hacked DNC

Special counsel is compiling a case against the hackers who breached the DNC and John Podesta's email account, NBC News reports.

Another shoe could soon drop: special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly is putting together a criminal case against Russian hackers behind the breach and leak of emails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to an NBC News report.

That means a potential indictment or multiple indictments that could provide some of the first public details of the people and methods used by Russian state actors to hack the DNC email system and Podesta's account, as well as how they then leaked information via WikiLeaks. Last month, Mueller dropped an indictment on 13 people involved with The Internet Research Agency, a Russian organization that "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election," according to that indictment.

A source told NBC News that if Mueller issues this second indictment, it could include information on any Americans who assisted or were duped into assisting the Russian hacking operation. Most likely, the indictment would refer to those Americans as "unnamed" individuals, however.

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