Obama orders expulsions of Russian diplomats, sanctions spies for interference in US election

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-30/barack-obama-orders-expulsion-of-russian-officials/8153682

United States President Barack Obama has announced a coordinated series of punishments against Russia over hacking allegations, expelling dozens of diplomats and naming intelligence operatives.

Mr Obama had promised retaliation against Russia and it came in rolling announcements, with 35 Russian diplomats given 72 hours to leave the country.

Russia will also be blocked from accessing two compounds in New York and Maryland that were used by Russian personnel for “intelligence-related purposes”.

In a further executive order, Mr Obama sanctioned two Russian intelligence agencies, the GRU and the FSB, four GRU officers and three companies “that provided material support to the GRU’s cyber operations”.

The White House named Igor Valentinovich Korobov, the current chief of the GRU; Sergey Aleksandrovich Gizunov, deputy chief of the GRU; Igor Olegovich Kostyukov, a first deputy chief of the GRU; and Vladimir Stepanovich Alexseyev, also a first deputy chief of the GRU.

A senior US official said the move would affect the Russian embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco but it is understood Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, will not be one of those expelled.

In a bid to expose Moscow’s cyber aggression, the US also released a detailed report about Russia’s hacking infrastructure that it said was designed to help computer specialists prevent more hacking.

It is the strongest action the Obama administration has taken to date to retaliate for cyber attacks, and marks a new low in US-Russian relations, which have deteriorated over serious differences on Ukraine and Syria.

And Mr Obama said more action was coming.

“These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian Government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm US interests in violation of established international norms of behaviour,” Mr Obama said in a statement from Hawaii, where he is on holiday.

“These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities.

“We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicised.”

There is no reason to believe Russia will cease interfering in US and other countries’ elections, Obama administration officials told reporters on a conference call after the President announced the sanctions.

“We believe these steps are important because Russia is not going to stop,” one official said.

It was not immediately clear whether President-elect Donald Trump, who has repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and nominated people seen as friendly toward Moscow to senior administration posts, would seek to roll back the measures once he takes office on January 20.

A senior US official said that would be inadvisable.

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even IF russia was behind this..they didnt hack the election..they hacked the dnc and revealed truth..everyone should be applauding!

obama trying to be the big dog in his last days..

401

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5 Responses to “Obama orders expulsions of Russian diplomats, sanctions spies for interference in US election”

  1. good-Comment Seek 🙂

  2. the ballot boxes are a closed system. they are not connected. each separate computer that one person at a time votes in is a closed system and not even connected to the computers in the same building. somebody would have to manually go to each and every computer to even begin to change the votes.

    that is how I have understood it. So that would have to be explained also, but they do not explain. They just push their agenda and disregard anything in their path.

  3. Article: ““These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities.
    “We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicised.”
    There is no reason to believe Russia will cease interfering in US and other countries’ elections, Obama administration officials told reporters on a conference call after the President announced the sanctions.”

    I also thought this was odd. These are not all the actions the US will take it says in the article. Yet, the elections are over. The US is making a move that according to them will force Russia to stop making future actions to sway the elections. The only way to end the US perception of what is happening is to make Russia hurt to the point that Russia would want to stop. The US is not talking about defensive measures. Of course they may be, but the US according to the article thinks they will force Russia to stop by offensive measures. Yet the elections are over. To back up this kind of talk that the US is conversing, the US would have to do something to Russia that would take away Russia’s ability to interfere with elections. Unless the US thinks they can do something to Russia that makes Russia say ‘uncle’, in other words, think they will have to demonstrate to the US that they will no longer do that in the future. Russia will have to prove that or the US will be taking action to take that physical ability away from Russia. Or else this is all talk that will only enlarge into more ideological clashes. Of the dialectic kind or what have you. Unless there are other options I am not thinking about. [of course I heard the rumors that Obama may want to start a war with Russia or heighten a proxy war like during the cold war when Russia and the US would back opposing armies so I know that kind of thing is out there as an obvious action that could be taken]

  4. How to prove Russia will not do it again (aside from all out war; or the obvious increase our cyber defensive – which the latter for the elections could not happen anyways)? Remember the UN Inspection Teams for Iraq?

    or


    I can not remember this guy’s name but saw his face on the news all the time. The UN Inspection Teams leader that went into Iraq constantly.

    or

  5. What is CrowdStrike? Firm Hired by DNC has Ties to Hillary Clinton, a Ukrainian Billionaire and Google
    Michael Krieger | Posted Thursday Mar 23, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    As usual, the rabbit hole gets much deeper the more you look.

    In yesterday’s post, Credibility of Cyber Firm that Claimed Russia Hacked the DNC Comes Under Serious Question, I examined how CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm hired by the DNC to look into its hacking breach, had been exposed as being completely wrong about a separate attack it claimed originated from the same group it claimed broke into DNC systems, and supposedly works for Russia’s military intelligence unit, GRU. Here’s some of what we learned:

    An influential British think tank and Ukraine’s military are disputing a report that the U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has used to buttress its claims of Russian hacking in the presidential election.

    https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/03/23/what-is-crowdstrike-firm-hired-by-dnc-has-ties-to-hillary-clinton-a-ukrainian-billionaire-and-google/

    Lawyerforlaws (@Lawyer4laws) March 29, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas also is a Member of Atlantic Council – CrowdStrike owner Dmitri Alperovitch is also a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. CrowdStrike had a $150,000 / year, no-bid contract with the FBI for “systems analysis. July 2015- July 2016.

    Atlantic Council’s funding (http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/support/supporters)

    AC is loaded to the gills with Energy and Defense companies:
    Lockheed, Exxon, Raytheon, BP, Textron, Chevron, Fluor, Shell, L3, Lukoil, Thales, Valero Boeing,Airbus,SAAB – not to mention the US Army, Navy , Air Force, and Marines,.

    Who won AC’s “Distinguished International Leadership” besdies Clinton:
    Gen. Brent Scowcroft, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Gen. Colin Powell, Sen. John Warner, ***Rupert Murdoch***, Gen David Petraeus, ***Gen James Mattis***, and Pres. George HW Bush

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