Besides embarrassing the Democratic Party by distributing the contents of DNC emails about rigging the election, the Russians made public by timely dispatch to WikiLeaks how populist and contender Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was kicked to the curb.
Furthermore, the operation was consequential.
The indictment charges no Americans with wrongdoing, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein emphasized the indictment doesn't even accuse Americans of knowingly communicating with Russians.
The hacking scandal was different.
Members of Trump's inner circle and legal team said they see signals that Mueller may want to avoid a lengthy subpoena battle for Trump's testimony to wrap up his obstruction report and Russian interference probe. A hacker using the moniker Guccifer 2.0 - later linked by security experts to Russian Federation - claimed credit for the leaks, but others did too, leaving the culprits unclear.
The indictment presented some of the most detailed evidence yet of Russia's attempt to meddle in the United States' electoral process.
Charges levied against the defendants include interfering with the USA state boards of election and obtaining unauthorized access to private information belonging to the secretaries of state by "conspir [ing] to hack into [their] computers".
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Apparently, there are no allegations in the indictment that could point towards the active involvement of Americans in such acts.
"The US is "not yet seeing the kind of electoral interference in specific states and in voter databases that we experienced in 2016" by the Kremlin", Coats said.
Roger Stone late Friday acknowledged that he is likely the unnamed American referred to in an indictment of 12 Russian hackers issued by the Justice Department Thursday.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen told state election officials Saturday the threat from Russian Federation targeting US elections should be taken seriously and the attacks are a "direct attack on our democracy". He called on the special counsel to "end this pursuit of the president and say President Trump is completely innocent".
The indictment offers troubling new accusations about the extent of Russian hacking efforts and interactions with Americans. "The conspirators responded using the Guccifer 2.0 persona and sent the candidate stolen documents related to the candidate's opponent".
The indictment says that on or about July 27, 2016, the Russians attempted for the first time to break into email accounts "at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton's personal office".
The Russian hackers then reportedly went on to share thousands of DNC's confidential messages with Guccifer 2.0, a Romanian hacking group.
The campaign began as early as March 2016, when Lt Lukashev sent a spearphish e-mail to Mr Podesta that was created to look like a security notification from Google. The indictment also alleges that organization 1 released the first set off emails from the chairman of the Clinton campaign on October 7, 2016, which is the same day WikiLeaks released the first batch of John Podesta's emails.