Obama Issues Sanctions for Alleged Russian Hacking

President Obama has expelled 35 Russian intelligence operatives and sanctioned five Russian entities and four individuals for an alleged cyberassault on Democratic political organizations during the 2016 presidential campaign, the White House announced 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 the U.S. election,” Obama wrote in a statement. “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 behavior.”

He said all Americans “should be alarmed by Russia’s actions,” which were designed 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,” Obama said. “Moreover, our diplomats have experienced an unacceptable level of harassment in Moscow by Russian security services and police over the last year. Such activities have consequences.”

Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov said the sanctions are intended to “spoil” U.S. relations with Russia and “undermine” the incoming Trump administration, according to Russian news agency Interfax.

26 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    The correct action, for the wrong reason as stated by the Liar in Chief!

  • Richard Bagenstose says:

    ok so when are you going to hold oboma accountable for interfering in the israel election last year, is it ok for him to stick his nose in other countries elections if so , what’s the big deal if they do the same to us, go get your heads examined

  • Tiger says:

    Russia did not tell Comey to make the statements he did on Hillary, his conscious did and then he went limp because O yanked his chain. He got gumption again and took a shot at O and put out the letter to Congress saying hey Hillary back in the Spotlight, then once again stood down. I think Comey did the best he could being as O owned him, the CIA, the Homeland Security and the IRS. I think these were attempts to give Americans SOS and to expose Hillary but stay out of the line of fire. It was like our men in the Hanoi Hilton with the clues via eyes and body language. Most of us read it. Don’t know if Trump will forgive it.

    Russians didn’t tell her to use an unsecured server, or to lie about Benghazi or to acid wash emails or anything else. She shot herself in the foot and O in the ass. They are bullet riddled the way they bullet riddle their enemies. The ole give um enough rope and they will hang themselves is truth.

    Russia and the world laughing and too little too late.

  • The Redhawk says:

    8 Years of ON THE JOB TRAINING and he still acts like a petulant CHILD….after his Iran cave in he still DOES NOT GET IT!!!
    Had he listened to the FBI warning the DNC getting Hacked.. had he Forced Hillary to GET off her Private Server along with Podesta….but he was too busy Shanking Golf balls … so now the Child potus looks for Unicorns to blame for his STUPIDITY

  • Leftshot says:

    The ‘legacy’ of the Obama Administration is the thorough corruption of the federal government (which is made up almost entirely of liberal Democrats by the way, 94% of D.C. voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton).

    When you’ve lied to the American People so many times about so many things you have no credibility and don’t deserve to be believed.

  • I Seigel says:

    I’m so disappointed in Trump. He now says he’s going to get briefed by the intelligence community to learn the “facts” about this case. AS IF the intelligence community – all 16 or so agencies – know more than he does!! Gimme a break! Go with your gut, Donald, not what the “experts” tell you!! They got it all wrong 15 years ago, with WMD. Yeah, they COULD have learned something in the past 15 years, like how to double and triple-check everything before making an assessment. And yeah, the techniques for detecting and tracing hackers has improved a LOT in those 15 years. But Donald, c’mon!! YOU know those spooks are a bunch of hacks! Ignore them! Listen to your OWN guys. Listen to your gut.

  • justinwachin says:

    I haven’t seen any widespread support for President Obama’s actions. What we have is an incompetent president now in the lame duck period of his presidency. With each passing day he becomes less relevant. He must take increasingly ridiculous actions to demonstrate he is still relevant. How sad.

    1. I Seigel says:

      But hey, at least he hasn’t taken any actions to keep himself in power. Remember how many people here were so sure that he was going to pull a fast one and stay in office? Looks like he’s going to be leaving on time, like he’s supposed to.

      1. justinwachin says:

        I always thought most of the talk of President Obama remaining in office was more fundraising hype than anything else. But, I doubt he will go quietly. This incompetent president is likely to offer ongoing criticism of his successor. We will probably see more of this clown on TV once he leaves office than we do now.

        1. I Seigel says:

          You could be right. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  • itsfun says:

    Obama tried to rig our election by telling illegals to vote because that would mean they are citizens. Shouldn’t he be investigated for trying to interfere with the election. Also, Obama tried to interfere with the Israeli election when he sent his time there to try and influence the election. Its just more of Obama telling us to do as he says and not as he does.

  • Dan says:

    Hacking by Russia…hmmm..Well if it’s true it happened under Obama’s watch. He’s to blame for not understanding the importance of cyber security. Oh I forgot, Obama’s the smartest person in the room. Mitt Romney warned Obama in the 2012 debate that Russia was our number one geopolitical foe. But Obama mocked Romney. No doubt that Russia also hacked Hillary Clinton’s unsecured email server. I just wonder if that unsecured server was also responsible for the Benghazi murders. Only Hillary and BHO know the truth.

  • ArcticGrayling says:

    Let’s just suppose for a moment that these stories about Russian hacking are true.

    Then I would say that Russian efforts have helped to save what’s left of our civilization. This isn’t the first time of course. In WW2, it was primarily the Russian sacrifice saved our backsides.

    However, I doubt that the stories are true. Probably the credit belongs to Julian Assange and sloppy cyber security at the DNC.

    1. PatriotGal says:

      But, but, but, OWEbana has to refocus us not to look at the poor cyber security during his tenure and the DNC, but to look at Russia…they’re the bad guys. Of course, he ridiculed, then ignored it when Romney said it in 2012, and he has ignored it right up till his last 21 days in office.
      Had the DNC, KILLary, her staff, etc, not sent such horrible emails anything Assange published would have meant nothing. It was their own words that did them in, not the hacking of/by Russia nor Assange nor Mickey Mouse nor Minnie.

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    2. bytheway4 says:

      obama never mentioned how hillary and him, of course, had dead people voting 3 or 4 times for hillary, he never mentioned the millions of illegals that voted for hillary, never mentioned the millions of fake ballots prepared for hillary that were stuffed in the ballot boxes. That were all on camera at the voting halls. We watched it. The democrats sure are stupid, didn’t even know that they were being filmed. And he blamed Russia? He is a stupid , spoiled brat.

    3. I Seigel says:

      “…primarily the Russian sacrifice saved our backsides.” Huh. Really? So fuck all the soldiers who died on the Normandy beaches? Fuck all the British and ANZAC soldiers who died? Let’s just forget the American aviators and sailors and submariners? NICE!! Yeah, we can thank the Soviet communist soldiers for saving our asses.

  • CrustyOldGeezer says:

    the bamster still pretends he has some value somewhere..

    Putin plays the long game and bammie has no game. long, short, or even intermittent.

    I’m looking for the Russians to actually get involved in ‘cyber hacking’ and begin doing the work that even the anti- american media won’t do.

    1. ArcticGrayling says:

      Obama’s idea of strategic planning is to figuring out when to transact his business with his coke dealer, or planning his next roll in the hay with Reggie Love.

      His major strategic accomplishment so far is mandating transgender bathrooms so that Michelle has a place to go pee.

  • dumbvet says:

    What a wuss, he and Putin need to be put in the ring! Obama might last a minute!

    1. PatriotGal says:

      dumbvet (we don’t have dumb vets – thanks for your service), I don’t think he could last that long…

    2. The Redhawk says:

      Nahh his long legs and Flat feet would propel O zero over the ropes with VIGOR

  • David Stewart says:

    “False news media”, in this case, ABC, busy trying to tout ” U.S. vs. Russia” feud; reality is Obongo’s ego vs. The Bear! He must not have figured a way to blame Bush for the disasterous recent election results!

  • Obama; Putin compares you to that FLY that pesters you from time to time.

  • David Stewart says:

    C’mon, Obongo, where’s the red line in the sand?

    1. The Redhawk says:

      shh it was Drawn in his sand box with disappearing ink for crying out loud…

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