Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Friday the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic Party during the 2016 election.

Rosenstein, formerly the U.S. attorney for Maryland, said there is no evidence that the alleged offenses had an effect on the outcome of the election.

He said that agents linked to the Russian intelligence agency GRU engaged in "spearfishing" -- in which victims are sent "misleading emails [that] trick users into disclosing passwords."

Rosenstein said the defendants hacked into American networks and installed "malicious software" that could track keystrokes and glean other personal information.

He said that he would not identify the victims for the sake of "avoid[ing] thinking politically."

Rosenstein said that people must stop thinking of people as "Republicans and Democrats and instead think patriotically as Americans."

He said the victims were a presidential campaign chairman, a congressional campaign committee and a state election body.

He reiterated his warning about litigating cases "on television and in Congressional hearings" -- an apparent reference to speculation about the Russia probe.

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Rosenstein said there are "no allegations that Americans knew they were corresponding with Russian intelligence officers."

He added that President Donald Trump was made aware of these indictments earlier this week, adding that the suspects have not been apprehended as of yet.

The charges mentioned included conspiring to access computers without authorization and aggravated identity theft.

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