Obama Goes After Russia, Expels 35 Diplomats.

By Ikenga Chronicles December 30, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama has on Thursday taken a drastic action against Russia for interfering in the last U.S Presidential election by expelling Russia’s diplomats to the U.S. Obama said in a statement that the actions were “in response to Russia’s malicious cyber activity and harassment.”

The statement reads: “Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at U.S. election.”

“These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are…necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behaviour.”

“The U.S State Department is also shutting down two Russian compounds, in Maryland and New York, used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes, and is declaring ‘persona non grata’ on 35 Russian intelligence operatives.”

“Finally, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are releasing declassified technical information on Russian civilian and military intelligence service on cyber activity.”

“This is to help network defenders in the U.S. and abroad to identify, detect, and disrupt Russia’s global campaign of malicious cyber activities.”

Obama added that “in October, my administration publicised our assessment that Russia took actions intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.”

“These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government.”

“Moreover, our diplomats have experienced unacceptable level of harassment in Moscow by Russian security services and police over the last year. Such activities have consequences.”

“Using this new authority, I have sanctioned nine entities and individuals: the GRU and the FSB, two Russian intelligence services; four individual officers of the GRU; and three companies that provided material support to the GRU’s cyber operations.”

“In addition, the Secretary of the Treasury is designating two Russian individuals for using cyber-enabled means to cause misappropriation of funds and personal identifying information.”

The U.S. president explained that “these actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities.”

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

“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 behaviour, and interfere with democratic governance.”

“To that end, my Administration will be providing a report to Congress in the coming days about Russia’s efforts to interfere in our election, as well as malicious cyber activity related to our election cycle in previous elections.”

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