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has issued a new set of indictments through the Assistant Attorney General, Rod
Rosenstein. This time, a dozen individuals are named, all Russians and all
members of the Russian intelligence agency, GRU.
This is no joke.
This is not grandstanding for honors. This is not indicting 'ham sandwiches' as
a nuisance tactic. This is the Special Counsel, under the auspices of the DOJ,
asserting that the intelligence apparatus of the Russian Federation are
culpable actors in the concerted effort by the Russian gov't to undermine the
US presidential election of 2016 and more generally to sabotage the electoral
process and the democratic system in the west.
In a matter of
days, President Trump will meet with President Putin. Parallels to his specious
meeting with Chairman Kim Il-sung, are easy to draw. There is one aspect of the
Trump/Putin that sets it apart, however. Russia stands accused of attacking the
USA whereas the DPRK only made blustering bellicose threats of attack. That
might seem like splitting hairs, but it is not. It is the difference between
fantasy and reality.
According to all of the US Intel Agencies, Russia has waged sustained
cyber-warfare against the USA. Mueller indicted thirteen Russian nationals in
February of this year. As a result of that issuance, Alex van der Zwaan, a
33-year-old Dutch citizen pleaded guilty, was sentenced and is currently in prison.
Additionally, Richard Pinedo, a California man, pleaded guilty to identity
theft and is cooperating with the Mueller probe. Now, twelve additional Russian
individuals - members of the GRU, no less - are named in Mueller's indictments.
That makes a total twenty-five Russians indicted, so far.
To re-cap, five
people have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with the Mueller investigation;
Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Pinedo and Van der Zwaan. Mr. Van
der Zwaan, a Dutch national, is serving time. Twenty-five Russians in total
have been indicted.
Time for the gloves to come off. Time to squelch
any and all talk of 'fake news'. All the whinging about 'witch-hunts' by the
president and his supporters must be dismissed out of hand.