It was a well-planned, high-tech, and ultimately successful cyber-operation, carried out by the military intelligence agency of a major country.

Not a spy novel or movie, but the real thing.

That’s the picture that the Justice Department painted in an indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking into Democratic computers — and stealing information from a state election board — during the 2016 US presidential election.

Here are some of the highlights of the allegations, which add more details to the emerging picture of how Russia attempted to sway the election in favor of Republican President Trump:
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