Hacking: U.S. expels 35 Russian diplomats

Former U.S Presdient, Barack Obama (Photo credit: The Peak)
Former U.S Presdient, Barack Obama (Photo credit: The Peak)

U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats including shutting down of two Russian compounds in the U.S. in a number of actions announced on Thursday.

Mr. Obama said in a statement on Thursday that the actions were “in response to Russia’s malicious cyber activity and harassment.

“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 a 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 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.”

According to him, all Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions.

Mr. 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.”

He explained that he had issued an executive order that provided additional authority for responding to certain cyber activity aimed at interfering with or undermining America’s election processes and institutions, or those of its allies or partners.

“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.” (NAN)


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  • wode

    We are really in an increasingly exposed World. As long as it’s Internet enabled or networked, it is not secured. Simple!

  • thusspokez

    I was to learn very early in life — indeed, day 2 at nursery school — that bullies like Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin understands only one language, namely, punch to their face. And then, they avoid you or want to be your friend. I was also to learn later in life that people like Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin see peace-loving people as weak and never stop testing their patience until he gets one in the face.

    • Olu

      Definitely, you do not understand the world you live in.You only have one narrative of the world affairs. Try to dig deeper, perhaps you will know that those who cry the most are those who bully the most. As a primer, check out and compare how many countries have been destroyed by either Russia and USA. Perhaps that will give a glimpse of who is the world’s bully.

      • thusspokez

        What exactly is the point that you are trying to make?

        • KC Jude

          OBAMA influenced Nigeria election 2015…its payback for USA.

          BYE THE WAY..ITS CLEAR TO ALL THAT USA cyberspace is not secured

          • thusspokez

            OBAMA influenced Nigeria election 2015

            And you knew this based gossip you presumably, hear in ogogoro bar?

            USA cyberspace is not secured

            There is no such thing as 100% secure cyberspace.

      • wode


  • Carry-go

    What a wicked act by Russian ,they shall reap from their wickedness

  • Decimator

    When people are engulfed in the over bloated Ego of always being the entitled winner, they never know the pains of losing.

    Here we have Barrack Hussein Obama who preaches acceptance of election results and outcome in good faith, openly demonstrating that he in reality is just a bad looser.

    Very unfortunate indeed!