Obama ordered sanctions, ejected 35 Russian ‘Spies’ and shut down two compounds in retaliation for ‘Russian interference’ in the Election.
The Obama Administration is blaming the Russian government for the release of the Podesta and DNC emails to WikiLeaks.
And 4 words: Hillary’s Unsecured Private Server.
The Obama Administration has not given any evidence of their claims of ‘Russian Hacking’.
President Obama launched a Cold War strike on the Kremlin and its spies on Thursday, accusing them of hacking the presidential election on orders from Vladimir Putin.
He ordered 35 Russian intelligence operatives to leave the country as part of sanctions ordered for what he said where the country’s attempts to ‘interfere with democratic governance’ and harassment of U.S. diplomatic officials in Russia.
And he launched a scathing attack on Putin’s Kremlin in an official announcement of sanctions over allegations of hacking in the run-up to the presidential elections.
Obama all but named the Russian strongman in his statement – saying hacking was ‘ordered at the highest level’.
That prompted an angry response from the Kremlin which promised an ‘appropriate’ retaliation – while its London embassy tweeted a picture mocking him as a ‘lame duck’…
…Vladimir Dzhabarov, the deputy chairman of the foreign policy committee in the Russian Duma, told the TASS news agency that Russia will push back.
‘You realize, of course, reciprocal steps will be made and the U.S. embassy in Moscow and, quite possibly, the consulates will be cut down to size as well,’ he said after the White House announced its sanctions.
Dmitry Peskov, a Putin spokesman, told reporters on a conference call that Putin will order an ‘appropriate’ retaliation to Washington’s ‘unpredictable’ and ‘aggressive foreign policy.’
Peskov also said Moscow doubted the effectiveness of the measures, since Obama will leave office in just three weeks.
‘Such steps of the U.S. administration that has three weeks left to work are aimed at two things: to further harm Russian-American ties, which are at a low point as it is, as well as, obviously, deal a blow on the foreign policy plans of the incoming administration of the president-elect,’ he declared.
Read more: Daily Mail
Here is the Tweet from the Russian Embassy in the UK:
President Obama expels 35 🇷🇺 diplomats in Cold War deja vu. As everybody, incl 🇺🇸 people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm. pic.twitter.com/mleqA16H8D
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) December 29, 2016
Here is a quick summary of what Obama has done:
– 35 Russian operatives were declared ‘persona non grata’ and have 72 hours to leave the country.
– publicly revealing the exact capability of Russian hacking known by DHS and the FBI.
– the shut-down of two Russian compounds, one in New York and one in Maryland that were used for intelligence-related puposes.
– financial sanctions against the GRU and FSB, two Russian spy agencies, and those related to the agencies.
– more ‘covert’ actions will also apply
Russia has committed to retaliate.
Obama’s actions with Russia come in the waning days of his final term.
He’s leaving one helluva mess for Trump to step into…
Do you think he’s doing it on purpose?
Let us know in the comments.