C.E. Dyer reports the Obama administration announced the imposition of sanctions on Russia for alleged hacking attempts by the country on the Democrat National Committee and others.
CBS News reported:
In addition to the sanctions, 35 Russian operatives will be expelled from the country and listed as “persona non grata.” The operatives, who are based out of the Russian embassy in Washington and the Russian consulate in San Francisco, have been informed they have 72 hours to leave the United States along with their families.
Specific sanctions are being applied to the leadership of GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency. A total of nine Russian entities and persons have been targeted by the sanctions, including two private individuals who the U.S. government accuses of hacking American companies for financial gain.
The FSB, Russia’s other major foreign intelligence agency, is also the recipient of sanctions. According to a White House fact sheet, the FSB assisted the GRU in “tampering, altering, or causing a misappropriation of information with the purpose or effect of interfering with the 2016 U.S. election processes.”
The president amended a previous executive order allowing him to respond to cyberattacks in order to apply these sanctions.
The U.S. government will also shut down two Russian government-owned compounds –one in Maryland, and the other in New York. According to the fact sheet, the shut downs and expulsions are in response to “harassment of our diplomatic personnel in Russia” that have gone “far beyond international diplomatic norms of behavior.”
— The Independent (@Independent) December 29, 2016
The White House released a statement about the sanctions Thursday: “Sanctioned individuals include 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.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan released a statement in which he expressed his belief that the sanctions were the right move by the Obama administration:
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) December 29, 2016
Ryan’s statement is, once again, in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump, who has been reasonably skeptical about the claims from Dems and establishment Republicans that Russian intelligence was behind the hacks.
Reports from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are supposed to be forthcoming in regard to the supposed Russian hacking as well as a report from the Central Intelligence Agency that has been ordered.
Take a look at some of these tweets in reaction to the news:
Cynical I know, but It does look a bit like Obama’s deliberately creating confrontation with Russia to pass onto Trump. MT @timothy_stanley
— Traditional American (@RightWingAngel) December 29, 2016
— Jorge 🇺🇸 MAGA (@AmericanMex067) December 29, 2016
Obama escalates hostilities between U.S. and Russia to further the Democrat lie that the election was stolen.https://t.co/ZfEbLOWjZD
— Mark Romano (@TheMarkRomano) December 29, 2016
“Could only have been directed” = Obama does not have definitive proof https://t.co/sgfzJxPJ3S
— Asa J 🇺🇸 (@asamjulian) December 29, 2016
Not a single hint of evidence is cited by Obama for his accusation of Russian hacking. Am I missing something? https://t.co/R0rcw0kGR1
— Asa J 🇺🇸 (@asamjulian) December 29, 2016
First Obama abandoned Israel then kicked 35 Russian diplomats out of USA.
He is trying so hard to start some mess before he leaves.
— Tennessee GOP (@TEN_GOP) December 29, 2016
AP: BREAKING: Obama, announcing retaliation4 unproven election hacking, says `all Americans shld b alarmed by Russia’s nonexistent actions.’
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 29, 2016
Obama’s “Evolving” Foreign Policy
— Razor (@hale_razor) December 29, 2016
Obama getting desperately dangerous – 22 days 2 go
— David Knight (@libertytarian) December 29, 2016
Obama was in were in charge when 21 MILLION records were hacked by the Chinese. 10 times worse than what the Russians allegedly did.
— Patriot Nation (@Wethe_People84) December 29, 2016
We’ll see what these reports have to say, but it all seems quite convenient. Given the information currently out, it seems absurd to put down sanctions based on what is so far pretty flimsy evidence that seemed to amount to “we think this is what happened and since it fits with the Dems’ narrative, let’s go with it.”
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