Wikileaks: Obama’s Actions Against Russia May Have Violated International Law

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WikiLeaks issued a tweet Thursday suggesting that President Barack Obama’s punitive measures against Russia were a violation of the Vienna Convention.

“Obama’s banning Russian diplomats from entering into two diplomatic properties in the U.S. is likely a violation of the Vienna Convention,” the agency wrote.

As reported by CNBC, earlier on Thursday the president “expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to (an alleged) campaign of harassment by Russia against American diplomats in Moscow.”

Moreover, the president reportedly announced retaliatory sanctions against Russia as punishment for having allegedly interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

The Russian embassy in Canada later issued its own statement regarding Obama’s punitive measures by retweeting a tweet by the Russian-controlled news agency Sputnik that cited the WikiLeaks claim.

Whether or not this meant that there was any legitimacy to WikiLeaks’ claim regarding the Vienna Convention, a multifaceted international treaty containing, among other things, the framework for diplomatic relations between independent countries, remained unclear.

In another tweet posted shortly after WikiLeaks’ first tweet, the organization polled its followers to determine whether they felt Russia should respond in kind or “hole up & wait for Jan 20,” when President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to take office.

A sizable majority chose the latter option:

The president-elect has repeatedly insisted that he was willing to both work with Russia and also put aside allegations that the nation meddled in the presidential election.

“Moscow is (therefore) cautiously optimistic about the relations with the new US government, saying that it will have to wait and see if Trump’s election promises match his actions after he comes into office,” Russian news agency RT reported.

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Source: conservativetribune.com

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