by Pamela Williams
Wow…things are not looking so good between the United States and Russia. Obama is reportedly in the process of putting sanctions on Russia, due to the alleged “hacking” of the electoral process. Included in that package is also covert cyber attacks…this is the beginning of a crisis in the US…I hope it will not lead to war with Russia. Are we already at war?
The Democrats have put pressure on Obama to retaliate against Russia for alleged hacking. One of those Dems made this comment: “I have no confidence that President Trump will bring about any sanctions on Russia. I’m more worried that he’s going to repeal the sanctions we already have than impose new ones,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said this week. “So I think the administration ought to do what it’s going to do ASAP.”
I do not understand any of this, as allegedly Congress has not even been briefed of the alleged hacking by CIA Director John Brennan, so how can they make such a statement as above? Further, Reuters is reporting that the US has expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian embassies, in retaliation for the alleged treatment of one of our diplomats in Russia.End of commentary.
The United States on Thursday expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to a campaign of harassment by Russia against American diplomats in Moscow, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.
The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the Russian diplomats would be given 72 hours to leave the United States. Access to the two compounds will be denied to all Russian officials as of noon on Friday, the official added.
The Obama administration is reportedly finalizing a package of sanctions and diplomatic censure to punish Russia for its attempts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election.
U.S. officials told The Washington Post that the response is expected to include covert cyber operations. An announcement describing the public elements could come as early as this week, the newspaper reported.
Holding up the announcement is an internal debate over how best to adapt a 2015 executive order that gave the president the authority to levy sanctions against foreign actors who carry out cyberattacks against the U.S.
The order was used as the “stick” in negotiations over a highly publicized 2015 agreement with China that neither nation would hack the other for economic gain.
But officials concluded this past fall that the order does not cover the kind of covert influence operation that the Intelligence Community believes Russia carried out during the election — hacking political organizations and leaking stolen emails with the goal of influencing the outcome.