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Pro-Russian Twitter account used non-public material from Mueller's team in effort to discredit Russia probe

Posted January 30, 2019 3:43 p.m. EST

— A pro-Russian Twitter account used information from a criminal case that Robert Mueller's team brought against a Russian social media company as part of a disinformation campaign, according to a new filing from the Justice Department.

That publication of documents that had been shared with defense attorneys, but not made public in the ongoing case, was yet another disinformation campaign from Russia -- this time aimed at discrediting Mueller's investigation, federal prosecutors wrote in the filing Wednesday.

"Certain non-sensitive discovery materials in the defense's possession appear to have been altered and disseminated as part of a disinformation campaign aimed (apparently) at discrediting ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. political system," prosecutors wrote.

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.

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