The Obama Administration has announced a series of measures against Russia today, expelling 35 Russian officials from the country, who were either diplomats, according to the initial announcement, or “intelligence operatives” who hacked the election, according to the New York Times.
The reports agree that there are 35 of them, and that the US is expelling Russia from a pair of compounds as well, one in New York and one in Maryland, but that’s about it. They couldn’t even agree on why, despite this being prefaced by days of officials promising retaliation for the “election hacks,” as some officials also presented the diplomats as just being expelled as revenge for Russian “harassment” of US diplomats.
Beyond that, the Treasury Department announced a new series of economic sanctions which were presented officially as retaliation for the election. That doesn’t mean the report was any more straightforward, however, as it lead to perhaps the most vague sanctions declaration ever.
The sanctions don’t specifically name anyone being targeted, or announce anything that’s actually happening immediately, but rather say they’re going to seize assets from people who they believe were involved in the putative election hack.
As of yet, US cyber attacks against Russia, which President Obama also promised, haven’t been confirmed to be happening. Russia has promised to retaliate against the US for any sanctions announced, but given that the sanctions don’t appear to be doing anything yet, Russia’s retaliation may be deferred.
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I’ve got a secret list of Communists in the State Dept, so now I’m going to steal the bank accounts of anyone who I want to target.
McCarthyism 2.0, new and improved.
As shown in this article, Washington’s anti-Russia sanctions are having a significant unintended consequence on American taxpayers:
Thanks to the sanctions, American taxpayers will have to fork over more than a billion dollars to the military-industrial complex.
Nearly two months later a failed political party still having a temper tantrum because people refused to vote for Hillbillious.
Whatever personal integrity Oboomer might have had as
president, he pissed away long ago. He’s just another
flunky for the corrupt establishment, pulling his strings
behind the scene.
Lacking the balls to condemn his own party for how it
trashed the Sanders campaign in favor of the wicked
bitch Hillary Clinton, this stooge continues to spout his
Russian ‘conspiracy’ theory.
It’s more likely that a dissatisfied public saw the same
warmongering status-quo from Clinton and decided
to either vote for Trump or just stay home.
And to think Oboomer had (won) the Nobel Peace Prize.
That’s a bigger joke than his Russian ‘conspiracy’ theory.
The Obama and Democratic Party meltdown continues….
umm, do these people own a calendar ?
More Russophobic bullsh*t. What’s next? A purge of Brighton Beach? The first black president is a racist. Only in America.
I expect Obama to announce a space embargo against Naboo any time now.
So long as the Naboonian administration isn’t engaging in currency manipulation. Because if so, “POW! To the moon!” http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201612292136
How about expelling all Israelis from America as punishment for subverting our democracy by purchasing Congress along with both Republican and Democratic candidates for president. All while they steal billions of dollars of hard earned American tax dollars to start wars thus fueling hatered of our country, as they cry foul in an delusion that they are always the victim. The mear allegations hurled at Russia are not even a fraction of the daily treason dished out to America by Israel and their acolytes.
Could anyone explain how hacking democratic convention centre influence the way people vote?
Because the American election system is supposed to be “TRUTH-FREE” and anything that upsets that throws the whole system out of balance.
Now, a never-before-published top-secret document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden suggests the NSA has a way of collecting evidence of Russian hacks, because the agency tracked a similar hack before in the case of a prominent Russian journalist, who was also a U.S. citizen
Signal interception can take many different forms, and again, there’s no way to know exactly what the NSA had intercepted surrounding Anna Politkovskaya. But we know intelligence is being gathered on a fine enough level to pin the breach of a single inbox on the Russian government. If the NSA could use signals intelligence to track a specific hack of an American email account in 2005, it’s not too much to assume that, 10 years later, the agency possesses the same or better capability. And signals intelligence is the type of evidence that the American people are owed from the federal government today, as we contemplate a possible confrontation with Russia for interfering in our most important of democratic processes.
Worth reading the article. Certainly it does not mean itself the Russians did it, but it does show Donald J Trump to be either a liar or misinformed when he repeatedly claims it would be ‘impossible’ to trace such things.
So they all get to spend New Year’s with family and friends in Russia, only to return at the end of January. Sounds great.
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