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ESCALATION: Obama Order Expulsion of Russian Diplomats, Closure of Russian Facilities, and a Harsh Chastising

John Podesta’s gmail password was [email protected] because he’s a god damned idiot. Everyone had access to his emails, a litany of perfidy that proved the DNC and Democratic party was as corrupt as the winters in Siberia are cold. Whether those revelations cost Hillary Clinton the election is up for debate. No one really knows the actual ramifications of them and most people outside of political circles and internet trolls had no idea what Podesta’s emails contained — let alone how it connected to Clinton.

But our government believes, without a shadow of a doubt, Russia was behind the hacks — despite not showing the public any evidence to support said claims.

With just 21 days until kicked out of the White House, President Obama announced he was taking punitive actions against Russia — targeting 6 individuals and 5 Russian entities, as well as expelling 35 diplomats and the closure of two Russian compounds on US soil.

Bear in mind, we’ve targeted specific Russians and entities before.

Source: CNN

“Russia’s cyberactivities were intended to influence the election, erode faith in US democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our electoral process, and undermine confidence in the institutions of the US government,” the statement said. “These actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

According to statements from the White House and the Treasury Department, the government has sanctioned nine entities and individuals: the GRU and the FSB, two Russian intelligence services; four individual officers of the GRU; three companies that provided material support to the GRU’s operations; and two Russian individuals for using cyber-enabled means to cause misappropriation of funds and personal identifying information.

Obama also said in the statement announcing that the diplomats have been ordered to leave the country, that those individuals and their families were given 72 hours to leave the United States.

“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,” Obama said in the statement.

Here is the full statement.

Statement by the President on Actions in Response to Russian 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 the 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 behavior.

All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions. In October, my Administration publicized 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 an unacceptable level of harassment in Moscow by Russian security services and police over the last year. Such activities have consequences. Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response.

I have issued an executive order that provides additional authority for responding to certain cyber activity that seeks to interfere with or undermine our election processes and institutions, or those of our 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 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” 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, to help network defenders in the United States and abroad identify, detect, and disrupt Russia’s global campaign of malicious cyber activities.

These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities. We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized. 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 behavior, 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.

Naturally, Republican shill, Paul Ryan, supports these measures.

Schumer agrees with Ryan

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67 comments

  1. frog

    What if Obama and Ryan are doing what they think is right, following their consciences? Although I can’t say that I’ve ever seen any evidence that Ryan has a conscience.

    If you disagree with them, would you disagree also if Trump did the same thing? It seems that no proof is required for Trump’s assertions. 69% of the ones checked by politifact having shown to be false, yet his supporters still believed them. The standard of proof ought to be the same for the POTUS as for the PEOTUS, if one is to be fair.

    I guess this is more stuff that the PEOTUS will reverse as soon as he gets into office.

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    • juice

      wtf r u talking about, if if if .. nonsensical speculation

      the facts r that the shadow government/deep state is trying to retain control .. they are sick fuks and there will be no peace in this world with them running the show

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      • frog

        I agree that the deep state tries to retain control at all times.

        However, having Russia hack us, and having Russia control the U.S. , our elections, our foreign policy etc. is not good either. And we the people would not be served well by that happening, any more than the Deep State would.

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        • juice

          ur clueless

          I won’t waste my time until u get a clue, u brainwashed little amphibian

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        • frog

          Interesting how the most brainwashed people of all accuse others of being brainwashed.

          All this black/white thinking here. Putin/PEOTUS/Right Wing media all good, no matter what they do or say. POTUS/liberals bad, no matter what they do or say– even if they do or say the same things.

          Tribal stuff.

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        • juice

          u say nothing with a lot of words

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        • fxtradex6

          Common theme. Anyone that disagrees with you is “brainwashed” and needs to “get a clue”. Fact is none of you motherfuckers have absolute proof of anything accept the pile of shit in your own toilets.

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    • skulduggery

      Obama has no conscience.

      The Left was infiltrated, this is just barely hacking, because of their own arrogance and hubris.

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  2. vandamme

    Why does “proof” need to be offered? This isn’t Law & Order.

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  3. juice

    long live the Pentagon military-industrial-complex of fear-mongering, war-mongering, power-mongering and trying to get more tax-payer dollars to continue forever and a day with their sick game

    Trump better drain the fucking swamp, starting with the CIA, congress, the senate and their media

    good luck with that .. they are making it as difficult as possible .. the citizens of this country should be outraged but they’re too busy with their entertaining diversions to realize they are being taken for as much as possible

    psycho’s all the way around

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    • frog

      The people elected Congress & the Senate. So, apparently, for whatever reason, the voters decided they want the Congress they have, despite Congress’s low approval rating. Perhaps everyone likes their own Congress members, but not other people’s.

      As for the media, the media of the Republican Congress is Trump’s media, so there is no way he is going to drain it.

      We can’t depend on a Magic PEOTUS to drain the swamp and fix every problem. Americans need to be aware politically ourselves.

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      • juice

        yes, aware of the wool being pulled over our eyes and the greedy bastards picking our pockets for their war machine, not to mention ruining lives and countries the world over in the process, all for money and power

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        • frog

          I do not disagree there. But just because neocons do those things, does not make Russia our best friend either.

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        • juice

          neocons and neoliberals, like yourself, are peas in a pod .. no different

          I may like u or not like u but I’m not gonna make up shit about you and then take it out on you so I can be king of the hill at everyone’s expense

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  4. bennyhill

    The US govt has committed to revealing the evidence, just wait another day. I can absolutely see why they would not do so though – to share evidence you sometimes must also share the source.

    Lastly lets stop blowing the Podesta emails out of proportion. The leaked debate questions from CNN – that was bad. The rest was nothing.

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    • Dr. Fly

      They just did ‘release’ evidence. It’s laughable.

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    • bennyhill

      Lastly – the Russians are the losers of western society. Once a true rival, now a sad place reduced to poverty and permanent depression.

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      • bennyhill

        I mean “losers compared to western society”

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        • juice

          ur a victim of deep state programming

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        • frog

          Bennyhill, Russia has its problems. But they excel in propaganda.

          Deep state neocon programming might make Russia into more of an enemy than they are. Trump, Right Wing media programming, and Right Wing conspiracy theory programming make Putin into our best friend and/or some angel whom the U. S. ought to be taking orders from. Neither is reality.

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        • Dr. Fly

          ‘Western society’

          Since when is Russia considered the west? They’re not part of the globalist system. The country is on the brink of collapse and has been struggling for decades.

          The one thing they do have, however, is a shitload of nukes, oil, natty and strategic property in the middle east, by way of Syria.

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        • peaches

          those are *4* things big bird

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  5. beatnickbob

    The squatter is trying to burn the house down as he is forced to leave.

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    • juice

      the squatter is being rewarded for his obedience .. he was a slave to his masters and he and his family will live and live well for the rest of their lives

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      • frog

        Obama is one of the best presidents we’ve ever had. He probably kept the Deep State at bay as much as he possibly could, without getting Kennedyed and leaving his kids to be orphans. He certainly did less of the Deep State’s bidding than G W Bush did.

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        • juice

          no President furthered the Deep State more than Obama .. no President prosecuted more whistle-blowers than Obama

          He made GW Bush look like an amateur

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        • frog

          He sent fewer soldiers off to war than G W Bush did.

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    • frog

      Will you say the same thing at the end of Trump’s term, if he acts on his conscience, rather than taking orders from the PEOTUS who is about to follow him?

      If so, good. If not, this is just tribal stuff: My tribe good, other tribe bad, no matter what they do, even if they do exactly the same stuff.

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  6. Dr. Fly

    Frog

    Russia has literally the WORST propaganda in the world. Ever notice how every villain in the movies are Russian, while Chinese actors are heroes?

    I’d hardly consider Russia a formidable rival and would never put them on the same level as us, which begs the question, WHY ARE THESE ASSHOLE SABER RATTLING A NUCLEAR POWER?

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    • juice

      u said it — because they’re ASSHOLES .. greedy, control-freak ASSHOLES, not to mention extremely psychopathic

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    • frog

      That is a good question.

      However, I see them as excellent at propaganda, and I do believe they have infiltrated U.S. media with their propaganda extensively, and that they won the election for Trump with it. Now, whether you think that’s a gift or a problem, they still did it. propornot.com thinks that there are at least a couple of hundred infiltrated news sites.

      Russian propaganda is so good that we took their techniques for our own.

      Our capitalist propaganda and political marketing that made the GOP able to control everything derives from Russian propaganda. Ayn Rand grew up in Russia; she took Communist propaganda techniques and successfully used them to turn in the opposite direction, to sell laissez faire capitalist ideology. Paul Ryan, Alan Greenspan, and many other important people in economics and politics in the U.S. took in Ayn Rand’s ideological writings hook, line, and sinker– believing every word.

      There are some descriptions of Russian propaganda from this book.

      Psychological Warfare (WWII Era Reprint) Paperback – October 15, 2010
      by Paul M. A. Linebarger

      https://www.amazon.com/Psychological-Warfare-WWII-Era-Reprint/dp/1616460555/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483045108&sr=1-4&keywords=psychological+warfare

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      • juice

        you are proving how effective CIA/deep state propaganda is .. they have you believing the Russians did it

        Oswald the Russian commie also killed Kennedy

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDCfTIapds0

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        • frog

          Who then hacked the DNC and installed Trump, if not the Russians?

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          • cancel19

            The people of the United States of America and its Democratic Institution installed Trump! I for one was one of the Trump installers. I had to stfu and deal with Obama being installed twice. For your own good, accept and deal with your new soon to officially be your POTUS.

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        • frog

          And how are you so sure you know all the secrets that others don’t know? Because Alex Jones told you, or screamed it at you, and you believed him because what?

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        • juice

          It was a leak, not a hack.

          Trump was elected, you slimy toad.

          I don’t listen to Alex Jones, however I applaud his efforts at bringing to the light of day what MSM hacks are too chicken-shit to do.

          https://youtu.be/Cdo5zAhUCdg?t=53m25s

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        • juice

          “They deceive you through lies and deception to sample from the tree of evil that grows in them and to eat its fruits so that you may become the same as them, so you are ashamed to live with the truth; and if they succeed in persuading you to eat their evil fruits then you take the leaves of their evil garden and wrap yourselves inside them, so that the truth remains closed to you and you do not realise that evil is your obvious enemy.

          And if evil takes possession of you, then you bring shame down upon yourselves, and you cannot either forgive yourselves or take pity upon yourselves because you make yourselves into ones who are lost from the truth.

          And as you are lost ones from the truth, so you are also lost ones and enemies against yourselves, as you make yourselves into enemies against people of your kind (fellow human beings); and truly, as you are enemies against yourselves on Earth and enemies against people of your kind (next ones), so you make your home planet into a shadow world (hell) and place of existence for a limited time, because you wreak destruction on the appearance (nature) and destroy your world through battles (wars) and hatred as well as through jealousy, through pathological craving for revenge and pathological craving for retaliation and through everything evil.”

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        • frog

          You are so sure that you are the one who knows the truth. You are the one believing propaganda, from some web site no one ever heard of, that is published only on Tuesdays. I could start a blog and publish it only on Tuesdays too. Would you switch to believing what I believe, if you did that?

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        • frog

          if I did that, I meant to type.

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        • frog

          Cancel, I accept that Trump won. Whether he would have won without the Russian hacking is a question that has not been answered.

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        • juice

          @toad — in the semi-immortal words of Markus Twainus —

          “better to STFU and be thought the fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

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        • frog

          Should I look up “fool” in the dictionary? Does the definition say “Someone who disagrees with Juice?”

          Just because someone disagrees with you, does not make them a fool.

          You are so sure you know everything. What makes you so sure? Have you never admitted being mistaken about anything in your whole life?

          Just because web sites that no one ever heard of typed out certain opinions, you decided to trust them, decided that they must be right? Why?

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    • sven

      The IC is not going to declassify any detailed information that would reveal the methods of acquisition or analysis of sensitive data. That SOP in the classified world. It’s incumbent upon YOU to trust your fellow cleared US citizens who provide the government this analysis more than a foreign entity’s literal propaganda machine. The IC has some of the brightest and most patriotic, NON-partisan citizens doing hard work to protect American interests without any recognition for their efforts. If you don’t like the highly filtered unclassified data, then stop blogging Russian horseshit and get a clearance.

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      • Dr. Fly

        HA! That’s funny.

        Let’s go find some yellow cake in Baghdad.

        Are you out of your fucking mind?

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      • Dr. Fly

        (flagged for fake news)

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        • frog

          You mark things fake whenever they don’t agree with Trump’s view? Trump is the final arbiter of truth in your book? So you will support him no matter what he says or does?

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  7. dragun

    Frog, if you truly think the Russians “installed” Trump you are a great fool. As much as the US may feel like a banana republic at times it is not. They need a bogey man and the Russians are the chosen ones. Back to the cold war.

    The politicos screwed themselves. Raping the masses by putting them into debt to pay for all the wars and $1000 toilet seats /sarc via taxes whilst their cronies walked away with the cash and fattened their wallets. The Trump victory was against the status quo. Unfortunately Trump will not be able to do as much as he likes given how the rest of the GOP is behaving.

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    • frog

      Time will tell if Trump will even try to do anything that would help everyday Americans. So far his cabinet is all crony capitalists.

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      • frog

        Trump has plenty of cronies looking to walk away with cash and fatten their wallets. The vote for Trump was indeed a vote against the status quo. Whether Trump will deliver on what his voters expected from him is still unclear. But right now, with the cabinet he has picked, he sure looks like just another crony capitalist wanting to feed at the public trough along with his buddies.

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