A grand jury indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday details how 13 Russian nationals worked in “varying capacities” with Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm, to interfere with the U.S. electoral and political process, including the 2016 presidential election.
The efforts began around 2014, according to the document, when individuals named in the document began to pose as U.S. citizens and political organizations on social media in order to organize large audiences around divisive political issues. Some of those individuals used the stolen identities of real U.S. citizens to post on those social media accounts, according to the indictment.
The Russian nationals and their supporting organizations also targeted the 2016 presidential candidates. The indictment claims their activity “included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton.”
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a news conference Friday that the indictment does not indicate this meddling altered the results of the 2016 elections.
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