December 30, 2016 admin

The Obama administration ejects 35 suspected Russian intelligence operatives

The Obama administration was riven for months by an internal debate about how much of its evidence to make public. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

On Thursday, the Obama administration ejected 35 suspected Russian intelligence operatives from the United States, imposed sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence services, and penalized 4-top officers of the military intelligence unit known as the G.R.U., who are being blamed for the attacks on the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations.

“Intelligence agencies have concluded that the G.R.U. ordered the attacks on the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations, with the approval of the Kremlin, and ultimately enabled the publication of the emails it harvested to benefit Donald J. Trump’s campaign.” – New York Times

In addition, the State Department announced the closing of two waterfront estates, one in Glen Cove, N.Y., and another on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The Glen Cove, N.Y., estate that was previously occupied by Russian diplomats. Credit Johnny Milano for The New York Times

“All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions. We acted after 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.” – President Obama

President Obama revoked Russian access to this estate in Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Credit Gary Landsman

This calculated move by the Obama administration is sure to box in President-elect Donald Trump, who will have to decide whether to lift the sanctions on Russian intelligence agencies when he takes office next month.


SOURCE: New York Times

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