President Obama announced a major response to Russia’s attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election by hacking the Democratic Party and leaking that information to WikiLeaks.
In a statement, President Obama said, “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.”
The United States has imposed sanctions on Russia’s two top intelligence services, including four officers at the head of the military intelligence unit believed to be directly behind the attacks on the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations.
35 Russian intelligence operatives will also be ejected from the United States for their role in the hack as well.
Evidence will also be released connecting Russian intelligence operations to the DNC hack.
Just last night in a brief media appearance, Donald Trump again defended the Russian government and made clear that he is not interested in punishing those involved or even investigating the intrusion against American security, even though Republican senators are.