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U.S. evicts Russians for spying, imposes sanctions after election hacks (updated – new links)

By Jeff Mason and Lesley Wroughton

President Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvement in hacking U.S. political groups in the 2016 presidential election.

The measures, taken during the last days of Obama’s presidency, mark a new post-Cold War low in U.S.-Russian ties which have deteriorated over Ukraine and Syria.

Allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed efforts to intervene in the U.S. election process by hacking mostly Democrats have made relations even worse.

“These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior,” Obama said in a statement from vacation in Hawaii.

It was not immediately clear whether President-elect Donald Trump, who has repeatedly praised Putin and nominated people seen as friendly toward Moscow to senior administration posts, would seek to roll back the measures once he takes office on Jan. 20.

The Kremlin, which denounced the sanctions as unlawful and promised “adequate” retaliation, questioned whether Trump approved of the new sanctions. Moscow denies the hacking allegations.

Read more here: www.reuters.com

Kremlin: New sanctions underline Obama admin’s ‘unpredictable & aggressive’ foreign policy: rt.com

FBI, DHS release report on Russia hacking: thehill.com

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  1. The Nobel Peace Messiah is so Petulant, he may actually try to stay in office. He reminds me of the kid who starts a school yard fracas, then runs to the recess lady for protection. Has anyone noticed he has some of the same attributes of; Jim Jones, Charles Manson and Adolf Hitler? He still has 21 days to paint himself in the corner……

  2. December 12, 2016 Georgia Official Says Homeland Security Tried To Hack Their State’s Voter Database

    While most of the country frets over Russia’s role in the 2016 election, the state of Georgia has come forward saying that they’ve traced an IP from a hack of their voter database right back to the offices of the Department of Homeland Security. Apparently we need to focus on protecting our vote from our own government. The Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

    https://trofire.com/2016/12/12/georgia-official-says-homeland-security-tried-hack-states-voter-database/

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