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President Obama Sanctions Russia for Cyberattack

On the last Thursday of 2016, President Obama announced far reaching economic and political sanctions and expulsions against Russia for their alleged cyber attack on the recent US 2016 presidential elections. The president announced measures which would include sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies, along with three companies which are believed to have provided support for government cyber operations, and four Russian cyber officials. The two agencies included are Russia’s military spy service, the GRU, and the civilian spy agency known as FSB, which is a successor to the Soviet KGB.

President Obama has also ordered 35 Russian operatives to leave the United States within 72 hours, and plans to shut down Russian-owned facilities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and on Long Island in New York, because the US intelligence community believes these facilities are used for intelligence purposes. Read more…

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