Twitter suspends two accounts linked to 12 Russians indicted by M…
By Michelle Cost and David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Social networking site Twitter Inc on Saturday suspended two accounts linked to 12 Russian spies indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
On Friday, a federal grand jury billed the 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic pc networks in 2016 in the most thorough U.S. accusation nonetheless that Moscow meddled in the election to aid Republican Donald Trump.
Twitter said on Saturday it had suspended the accounts @DCLeaks_ and @Guccifer_2 that were being named in the indictment, which alleges a broad-ranging conspiracy involving subtle hacking and staged release of paperwork.
The indictment alleges that from close to June 2016 the conspirators launched tens of 1000’s of stolen e-mails and files “employing fictitious online personas, which includes ‘DCLeaks’ and ‘Guccifer 2..’.”
In a statement on Saturday, a Twitter spokesman claimed: “The accounts have been suspended for becoming linked to a network of accounts previously suspended for working in violation of our guidelines.”
Twitter in current months has purged suspicious person accounts in a bid to reduce the dissemination of pretend information and “persuade healthier dialogue,” the company reported this thirty day period.
Friday’s indictment was the initially by Mueller that straight charges the Russian federal government with meddling in the election. The Kremlin denies it interfered.
Talking at a cybersecurity meeting in Philadelphia on Saturday, U.S. Homeland Stability Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen claimed the indictments proved that the United States “will not tolerate interference with our democratic processes and that there will be implications for overseas meddling.”
(Reporting by Michelle Rate and David Shepardson Enhancing by Daniel Wallis and Leslie Adler)