Special counsel says 'non-sensitive' material from troll case used for disinformation

Special counsel says 'non-sensitive' material from troll case used for disinformation

Special counsel says 'non-sensitive' material from troll case used for disinformation

The claims were made in a filing on Wednesday in his investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.

The data the account published online was "altered and disseminated as part of a disinformation campaign aimed [apparently] at discrediting ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the USA political system", prosecutors said in the filing.

The account has since been deactivated.

On the same day, a journalist contacted Mueller's office to report receiving a Twitter message from someone who said they had hacked a Russian legal firm that had received the evidence from Concord's US-based law firm Reed Smith LLP.

Prosecutors now allege that some of the information turned over to Concord before trial got out in October - after a now-suspended Twitter user touted that it had a "Mueller database" and a computer with a Russian IP address published thousands of documents online.

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).

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More than a thousand of those documents were part of the case's evidence collection, and were listed online under labels and folders known only to those involved in the case, the prosecutors said.

The special counsel's office said that the online account used to publish the discovery materials was registered by a user with an internet address who resides in Russian Federation.

The prosecutors made the allegation in a federal court filing Wednesday as they asked a US judge to reject a request by lawyers from Concord Management and Consulting to share sensitive evidence outside the United States in trial preparation with Concord's owner and indicted co-defendant, Russian businessman Yevgeniy Prigozhin. "Enjoy the reading!" The tweet included a link to a webpage that contained file folder names and folder structure matching the material Mueller produced. Prosecutors added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found no evidence the discovery files were hacked from USA government computer servers.

In late October, @HackingRedstone shared a webpage on Twitter that led to the documents from the criminal case.

"In the filing, Mueller's team said "non-sensitive" evidence that had been shared exclusively with Concord's US law firm, Reed Smith, had wound up being disseminated, purportedly as a result of a hacking operation targeting the law firm", Bloomberg reported. Somewhat confusingly, the filing argued that many other file names used a reference to the Relativity database, which the United States government "has not used" to store materials related to this case.

Lawyers for Concord Management had no immediate comment. Instead, prosecutors say individuals who had access to the evidence in the case may have spread it.

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