Federal prosecutors say confidential material from the Russian Federation investigation was altered and released online as part of a disinformation campaign to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, according to a court filing Wednesday.
Mueller noted that the names and other details on that webpage "significantly match the non-public names and file structure of the materials produced in discovery".
Prosecutors say it employed hundreds of individuals for online information warfare operations and had an annual budget equaling millions of USA dollars.
On the same day, a journalist contacted Mueller's office to report receiving a Twitter message from someone who said they had hacked a Russian legal firm that had received the evidence from Concord's US based law firm Reed Smith LLP.
Mr. Mueller was appointed to investigate alleged Russian election meddling and related matters in May 2017, and his office filed related criminal charges past year against 13 Russian nationals accused of interfering in the race, including Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman close to Mr. Putin accused helming Concord and facilitating the so-called troll farm's operations.
The special counsel said that Concord should not be given such sensitive material because of alleged misuse in October by an unknown party of "non-sensitive" materials already in Concord's possession as a result of the normal discovery process that litigants use to share information during a court case.
The filing also states that a reporter 'contacted the Special Counsel's Office to advise that the reporter had received a direct message on Twitter from an individual who stated that they had received discovery material by hacking into a Russian legal company'.
The infamous Internet Research Agency (IRA), dubbed the "troll farm" at the center of Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russia's election interference, has been evicted from its St. Petersburg headquarters after a series of bomb threats, according to Russian media.
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Mueller's prosecutors said the Federal Bureau of Investigation reviewed the files and found roughly 1,000 of the total 300,000 matched files produced to Concord in discovery.
Prosecutors say they do not oppose allowing Concord's corporate officers to see the evidence.
The FBI says the account's IP address originated in Russian Federation.
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.
The Kremlin denies it meddled in the elections and President Trump has called the inquiry a political witch hunt.
However, they fear US intelligence sources and methods could be compromised if the materials are not reviewed in the United States.
Mueller's office most recently indicted a long-time Trump confidant, Republican political operative Roger Stone, on charges of obstruction, witness tampering, and lying to Congress.
"The investigation is, I think, close to being completed, and I hope that we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible", he said. Concord is the only defendant to answer the charges in court and has pleaded not guilty.