BREAKING: Russians To Leave U.S Within 72 Hours - Obama

Russians To Leave U.S Within 72 Hours - Obama

In response to Russian Hacking in the Election President Obama has expelled 35 Russian “Diplomats” and imposed new sanctions on Russia.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said today that Russian military and intelligence organizations hacked digital files belonging to the Democratic National Committee and continue to target U.S. entities.

Obama issued an executive order, amending his April 2015 decree to expand authorization for a response to certain cyber activity that seeks to interfere with or undermine U.S. election processes and institutions.

The president said that the State Department is also shutting down two Russian compounds, in Maryland and New York, used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes, and has ordered 35 Russian intelligence operatives to leave the U.S. within 72 hours.

State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner wrote in a statement that "the Russian government has impeded our diplomatic operations by, among other actions: forcing the closure of 28 American corners which hosted cultural programs and English-language teaching; blocking our efforts to begin the construction of a new, safer facility for our Consulate General in St. Petersburg; and rejecting requests to improve perimeter security at the current, outdated facility in St. Petersburg."

"Today’s actions send a clear message that such behavior is unacceptable and will have consequences," Toner added.

“These cyber operations have included spearphishing campaigns targeting government organizations, critical infrastructure entities, think tanks, universities, political organizations and corporations leading to the theft of information," according to a report issued by the DHS and FBI. "In foreign countries, [Russian] actors conducted damaging and/or disruptive cyber-attacks, including attacks on critical infrastructure networks. In some cases, [Russian] actors masqueraded as third parties, hiding behind false online personas designed to cause the victim to misattribute the source of the attack.”

Obama warned that today’s actions will not be the full extent of his administration’s response to Russia’s interference in the election, which several Democrats blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump.

“We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized,” Obama promised. “In addition to holding Russia accountable for what it has done, the United States and friends and allies around the world must work together to oppose Russia’s efforts to undermine established international norms of behavior, and interfere with democratic governance.”

Source: Yahoo News


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