Purported hackers stole evidence to tarnish Mueller probe

Mueller departs after briefing the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington

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.

The account has since been deactivated.

Prosecutors cite a Twitter account that surfaced previous year purporting to have a stolen copy of evidence provided to the company.

The documents - though they did not contain sensitive information that could harm American national security - should have never reached the public's view, the prosecutors said.

The two other Russian companies that have been charged Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering.

Some file folder names and folder structure on the webpage matched what the Mueller team had produced.

In making the case against further sharing of materials, the government revealed that documents shared by prosecutors and traceable to Mueller's office ended up getting released online - and altered.

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Should the judge be satisfied, then the person will be committed for extradition, pending a decision by Canada's justice minister. The statement said China would "determinedly" defend the "legitimate" rights and interests of Chinese companies overseas .

United States Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said on Wednesday that self-proclaimed hackers in Russia stole evidence prosecutors had turned over confidentially to a Russian firm accused of funding a propaganda campaign to interfere in the 2016 USA election.

The U.S. government warned that Concord's requests could jeopardize the secrecy of a grand jury matter and identify "uncharged individuals and entities that the government believes are continuing to engage" in interference operations like those Concord is charged with undertaking.

Wednesday's filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is the latest in a dispute between prosecutors and Concord's American attorneys over whether the defence team can share highly sensitive evidence with Concord's corporate officers in Russian Federation.

On Oct. 22, 2018, @HackingRedstone tweeted a link to hundreds of thousands of files as well as sent a direct message to a reporter stating that the material was gained through hacking a Russian server with access to the materials shared with Reed Smith, the legal representatives for Concord.

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.

The special counsel said that Concord should not be given such sensitive material because of alleged misuse in October by an unknown party of "non-sensitive" materials already in Concord's possession as a result of the normal discovery process that litigants use to share information during a court case. The prosecutors especially don't want the oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is charged in the case and owned Concord, to have access, according to several court filings.

A lawyer for Concord did not immediately comment.

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