Happy Saturday, and happy Bastille Day — the French national day, marking the storming of the royal Bastille prison in Paris in 1789, beginning the French Revolution.
🚨 Situational awareness: "The nation’s top intelligence officer said ... the persistent danger of Russian cyberattacks [is] akin to the warnings ... of stepped-up terror threats ahead of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks," per the N.Y. Times' Julian E. Barnes.
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Wait! A Russian military intelligence agency leased server space in Arizona and a computer in Illinois?
That's what I kept thinking as I read special counsel Robert Mueller's 29-page indictment yesterday of a dozen Russian intelligence officers (from Boris and Ivan to Sergey and Viktor).
And none of that is even the most alarming, damning news in the filing in U.S. District Court in D.C. Mueller, who personally signed the document, saved that for page 25:
All of the documents are on one page on Mueller's official Justice Department website. I curled up and read them all. What I learned:
Known knowns about Mueller:
Known knowns about Russia:
Be smart: David Kris, founder of Culper Partners consulting firm and head of the Justice Department's National Security Division under President Obama, told me that Mueller is following traditional prosecutorial practice by starting at the outer ring.
Go deeper ... "Mueller's web: Everyone caught up in the Russia investigation."
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, at the Justice Department yesterday with Assistant Attorney General John Demers (left) and Acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Edward O'Callaghan (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Mueller's indictment names the Russian intelligence agents behind the Guccifer 2.0 persona, the public face of the cyber break-in at the DNC.
Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin tweeted after the Russia indictment: "American reporters who took stories from Guccifer 2.0 or DC Leaks have to wonder if they weren't used as a tool of a foreign military intelligence operation against our country."
We did wonder about that:
What President Trump says publicly on Russian hacking is no different from what he says privately, Jonathan Swan reports from London.
In tweet from Scotland this morning, Trump blames Obama:
White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement:
Swan also gives this readout from Trump's private time with British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday, from a source familiar with their meeting:
Be smart: Most GOP voters don’t care. We should — the rest of the watchful world sure does.
P.S. The cover of tomorrow's Washington Post Outlook section is "Can truth survive this president?" by nonfiction book critic Carlos Lozada, keying off five new books on the state of truth under Trump:
"Republicans for years have proclaimed the federal government’s decades-old War on Poverty a failure," the WashPost's Jeff Stein and Tracy Jan write:
"Corporate profits have rarely swept up a bigger share of the nation’s wealth, and workers have rarely shared a smaller one," the N.Y. Times' Patricia Cohen writes:
Be smart: "For the first time in a long while, workers have some leverage to push for more."
Downton Abbey and the lives of the Crawley family and its servants are coming the big screen, per Hollywood Reporter:
T'hanks for reading. Axios.com will have updates all weekend.