Special counsel Robert Mueller said Tuesday that election meddling operations like those conducted by Russia during the 2016 presidential election are still occurring.
“Uncharged individuals and entities” are still engaging in operations similar to those charged in a case involving 13 Russian nationals and three entities accused of illegally interfering in U.S. politics, Mueller said.
He made the claim in a court filing that asked a judge to grant the special counsel’s request to protect evidence in that case.
That protection plan would bar any of the defendants from reviewing the evidence found until they appear before a U.S. court. One of those defendants, Concord Management, has not agreed to that measure, according to the filing.
The government also alleges that releasing evidence improperly “would assist foreign intelligence services” — especially the Russian Federation.
“The substance of the government’s evidence identifies uncharged individuals and entities that the government believes are continuing to engage in interference operations like those charged in the present indictment,” Mueller said in the filing.
He said the government is concerned that sources and methods revealed in the evidence could “allow foreign actors to learn of these techniques and adjust their conduct, thus undermining ongoing and future national security investigations.”
Victims of identity theft who are connected to the case could also be damaged if the evidence is gathered and presented the wrong way, Mueller said in the filing.
All the defendants in the case, which involves the 13 Russian nationals and three entities, are charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Five of those defendants also face identity theft charges, and three are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud.
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Kevin Breuniger is a special reporter for cnbc.com.