Published: Fri, February 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Russians leaked Mueller investigation evidence online, prosecutors say

Russians leaked Mueller investigation evidence online, prosecutors say

Wednesday's filing in the US District Court for the District of Columbia is the latest in a dispute between prosecutors and Concord's US lawyers over how the defence team may share highly sensitive evidence with Concord's Russian corporate officers.

At the crux of the freakish story is a Twitter account named @HackingRedstone that published documents with "folder structures that are unique to the files produced by the government in discovery, including tracking numbers assigned by the special counsel's office", Maddow said.

Concord is accused, along with 13 Russian individuals and two other business entities, of being part of a conspiracy to defraud the US government through a scheme to create hundreds of false online personas who masqueraded as Americans while they aggressively sowed social and political discord during the 2016 presidential campaign.

And Reuters reported that a journalist had received a message from a hacker claiming to have hacked a Russian legal firm that had received the evidence from Concord's United States law firm, Reed Smith LLP.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would let the Justice Department decide how to handle the special counsel's report on an investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow.

FBI investigators had found no evidence that government servers holding the data had been hacked, according to Mueller's team, pointing instead to a leak on the Russian side. Lead Concord attorney Eric A. Dubelier, of Reed Smith in Washington, declined to comment on the Mueller filing, as did Mueller spokesman Peter Carr.

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He took over control overseeing the probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the president's request in November. Barr, who served as Attorney General from 1991-1993 under President George H.W.

The leak I mentioned in Mueller's documents file to the court with prosecution of Concord Management and Consulting, a Russian company, which was allegedly funding hackers operation by Russia's notorious Internet Research Agency (IRA).

The Mueller material was mixed in with a trove of "junk" files online to make it look like that was all law enforcement had found in their investigation into the Russians, "an apparent effort to discredit the investigation", the filing says. "I could've just said, 'that's enough.' Many people thought that's what I should do".

The prosecutors said the filesharing site had confirmed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that the account which posted the material was registered from an IP address - an identifier for devices connected to the internet - in Russian Federation. The FBI has found no evidence that US government servers, including ones used by Mueller's office, had been hacked.

The HackingRedstone account since has been suspended.

The filing was part of the Department of Justice's court fight to prevent Concord from sharing discovery information with those in the Russian Federation.

Friedrich, who said a year ago she would reconsider the question of sharing evidence with Prigozhin when the case was further along, scheduled a hearing on that issue for March 7.

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