President Trump, Ukraine, Robert Muller discussed on 60 Minutes
Our twenty sixteen election including the president's assertion that Ukraine was involved but the president's own intelligence agencies say it was the Russians who hacked the twenty sixteen elections special counsel Robert Muller spelled it out in his report now the justice department has at least to open cases against Russian citizens for interfering with our presidential and congressional races we decided to take a closer look at one of them the case against twelve Russian military officers accused of breaking into the democratic party's computers stealing compromising information and selectively releasing it to undermine democratic candidates there's no evidence of similar operations against Republicans in twenty sixteen with the twenty twenty election approaching the story of the Russian hack the Russians never left I can guarantee you in twenty sixteen after this all at the news they never left they didn't stop doing what they're doing this wasn't just a one time thing No Way Russia doesn't do it that way Anderson should know he spent twenty one years inside the cloak and dagger world of spies in hackers overseeing the F. B. I.'s counter intelligence and cyber divisions and tracking Moscow spy agency an alphabet of artifice the F. S. B. S. V. R. and especially the G. R. U. G. R. U. is military intelligence so when we look at the attacks that happened during a presidential races in twenty sixteen you had military organizations inside of Russia attacking our infrastructure sure the hackers or are the soldiers so they're both and in most cases in most of these units are not just hackers they're probably some of the best mathematical minds in Russia these are seasoned professionals that have worked their way up the ranks to be in these units to carry out the strategic attacks on behalf of that country these are the hacker soldiers from G. R. U. unit two six one six five who according to the justice department were responsible for breaking and entering into the Democratic Party's computers remotely from Moscow their names ranks and faces are now on the F. B. I.'s most wanted list for stealing among other things the Democrats strategic plans detailed targeting data and internal polling G. R. U. colonel Alexander so joke commanded a separate unit seven four four five five one of his officers was in charge of spreading the stolen material to political operatives bloggers and the media another hacked state election boards it wasn't some four hundred pound guy in his parents basement no this is a well choreographed military operation with units that not only were set up specifically to hack into obtain information but other units that were used for psychological warfare or weaponize being that this is not an operation that was just put together haphazardly so that was the two six one six five minutes the justice department's national security division is overseeing the Russian hacking case once they're doing that keystroke monitoring assistant Attorney General John dimmers runs the division along with the deputies Adam Hickey and Sean knew from the DOJ attorney heather Alpino worked with special counsel molar on the Russian indictments all have access to the underlying intelligence and have no doubt the Russians interfered in the twenty sixteen election this really happened yes that really happened and we believe that if we had to we could prove that in court tomorrow using only admissible non classified evidence to twelve jurors do you ever expect to get the twelve Russian officials the trial I would be surprised but the purpose of the indictment isn't just that although that's certainly one of the purposes the purposes of this kind of indictment is even to educate the public for a legal document the twenty nine page indictment is a page Turner it details how US intelligence agencies tracked each defendant's actions sometimes by the keystroke revealing the fictitious names and phony emails used to infiltrate the Democrats computers and tracing the stolen data on it Sir cute is route from Washington DC to Moscow the information in the indictment is very detail have descriptions of the Russian agents typing into their computers obviously I can't go into too much detail because I I don't want to reveal investigative methods but the inside here is that behind every one of those keyboards is not an IP address is a human being those indicted G. R. U. age the US says one team working out of a building in Moscow called the tower created a website and a provocative character to disseminate the stolen material so for two point oh focus server to point out is a fiction all online persona it's all an effort in the Russian side to hide their involvement in these guys are pretending to be one lone hackers correct and that works when he gives them is plausible deniability right the day they don't need it to work a hundred percent as long as the Russians can say was not posing is good for for two point no the Russians offered up stolen documents to Julian Assange's wikileaks and self proclaimed dirty trickster Roger stone it was all part of a broad campaign to disrupt the presidential election but there was another less well known part of the Russian operation to undermine Democrats running for Congress it started as large document docks where so for two point now was kind of taunting and saying I have more Kelli ward Burton was executive director of the D. triple see the democratic congressional campaign committee when the Russians hacked the committee's computers these bullet points at the top are the summary for how we need to win get a Swype dumped on the internet material she told us cost millions of dollars to produce battle plans for congressional races demographic research on voters and extensive dossiers on the weaknesses of their own candidates so when we deliberate internally about anything you know that's not intended to be made public and that's what makes this so important to understand these as stolen documents it's not different than Watergate it's not different than when you know Republicans came into the DNC and stole documents from the file cabinets it's the cyber version of that they came into our office and they stole our documents documents or never intended to be public and then they use that in the election even Democrat party bosses are questioning is character ward was shocked when Republicans used the stolen internal materials in this negative ad we reach out to them and ask them you know we we said we've been the victim of a cyber attack by a foreign adversary will you make a commitment not to use any of the stolen Terry hills in the in the campaign or in the twenty sixteen election and they wouldn't make a commitment to do so she says in the months leading up to the elections Russian tactics involved the indiscriminate document dump became more frequent and strategic there would be thousands of documents that would show up on one day and then they got smarter and he started to really specific documents related to our specific races or documents that were in us in our two most targeted states in our most targeted areas the Russian agents stole material about candidates running for Congress in Pennsylvania New Hampshire Ohio Illinois Nebraska New Mexico and North Carolina one one swing states seem to be the Kremlin's primary target Florida in twenty sixteen Annette today was running for Congress in the twenty sixth district which stretches from south Miami to the Florida Keys one of the most hotly contested races in this battleground state today had the full backing of the D. triple C. but her campaign was up ended two weeks before the primary I was on my way to TV debate live TV debate and I get a call about the fact that not only were we hacked but our information is now public from our polling to our mail planned in addition to that the entire path to victory game play yes my opponent to Arsia showed up at the debate with a print out of all the documents he'll government data her primary opponent a fellow Democrat use the hack material as a prop to paint her as a conniving politician contact the one fifty okay same day for for two point oh drop this mocking post the congressional primaries are also becoming a farce today lost the primary Garcia went on to lose the election to the Republican candidate he describes south Florida's rough and tumble this seems to be ratcheted up a notch we've seen a lot here but this was this was a foreign government this was so much bigger you know I've been told by a lot of people you should stop talking about this is really not good for you politically to remind people that you lost but I refused to stop talking about it because again if it can happen to me it can happen to anyone and it didn't happen to me it happened to our democracy you lost by how much about seven hundred that's this is State where elections are cited by a percentage point or sell a coin toss and the Russians under that and you're looking at a real problem NG Marc Caputo has covered Florida politics for twenty years the senior writer for politico who was one of the reporters who receive and wrote about the hack documents not a lot of people know that the Russians interfered and five congressional races here in Florida when did you first get wind of it well I've been paying attention like the rest of the press corps that Russia had been hacking and Russia had been trying to interfere in our election system and then out of the blue I got contacted by this blogger hello Florida the blogger turned out to be this man Erin net one of the senior political operators in the sunshine state the Republican strategist wouldn't talk to us on camera but he did talk to special counsel Robert Muller as investigators he admits direct messaging good server two point oh asking for any Florida related documents seeing a willing participant the Russians flooded Nevins with hack materials holy F. man he responded I don't think you realize what you gave me this is probably worth millions of dollars so for two point oh responded okay you owe me a million with a smiley face Nevins posted the stolen documents on his website organized in files and alerted Florida journalists who couldn't resist publishing the Democrats secrets at one point Nevins wrote the Russians I honestly think you helped finca net today in Florida twenty six you played a role in disseminating this stolen information I have a role to play as a reporter covering campaigns and sometimes that that information comes to us from a variety of sources and in this case it came to us from the source right at the edge of being unusable ultimately we decided well this tells a legitimate story about how these campaigns view their own candidates and voters have a right to that information this operation was a huge success former FBI spy Robert Anderson says rushes goals today are the same as in the Soviet era to so discord in the US and doubt about our democracy around the world the thing that you need to worry about with Russia and everyone of their intelligence services is they will learn from these operations the learn how easy it is to gain access to government and private accounts the learn how quickly the information and they put in front of somebody will be disseminated they will analyze everything they did right or.