Law firm Reed Smith has released a statement Wednesday saying its computer systems were not breached after special counsel Robert Mueller revealed that someone claiming to be a hacker had posted discovery materials provided to its client, a Russian company accused of funding a Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
Wednesday's filing in the US District Court for the District of Columbia is the latest in a dispute between prosecutors and Concord's American attorneys over whether the defense team can share highly sensitive evidence with Concord's corporate officers in Russian Federation.
The filing cites an October 22, 2018, tweet in which the account claimed, "We've got access to the Special Counsel Mueller's probe database as we hacked Russian server with info from the Russian troll case Concord LLC v. Mueller".
The sensitive material includes "information describing the government's investigative techniques, identities of cooperating individuals and companies, and personal identifying information related to US persons who were victims of identity theft".
A lawyer for Concord did not immediately comment.
Mueller made that allegation in a court filing in his criminal case pending against Concord Management and Consulting, a Russian company owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the oligarch who is known as "Putin's chef".
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"Mueller's team confirmed some of the documents were legitimate and obtained through the trial's discovery process", NBC News reported earlier Wednesday.
The fake documents were sent to ThinkProgress reporter Casey Michel and independent disinformation researcher Josh Russell in November in direct messages from a Twitter account called @HackingRedstone.
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"A court filing by Mueller's office said more than 1,000 files that it shared confidentially with attorneys for indicted Russian hackers later appeared to have been uploaded to a filesharing site and promoted by a Twitter account", the nesa agency reads. It does not say how the special counsel thinks the material made its way online but notes that there is no evidence the special counsel or any government servers were hacked.
However, five of the six former Trump advisers have pleaded guilty to the charges brought to them by Robert Mueller and are now working with the Special Counsel's investigation. They have not been extradited to the United States and likely won't be.
The investigation is close to wrapping up according to acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker. In all, 34 people have pleaded guilty, been indicted or otherwise swept up in the broader inquiry.