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Obama sanctions Russians for election interference

By Laurie Bennett

December 30, 2016 at 1:41am

The Obama administration leveled sanctions Thursday against Russia for its attempts to sway the 2016 election.

The president ordered the ejection of 35 suspected Russian operatives from the U.S. and also condemned the role of Russian intelligence agencies.

The greatest impact of Obama’s actions is likely to be on President-elect Donald Trump rather than on Russian intelligence gathering.

Trump, who has repeatedly expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, downplayed the sanctions. “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,” he said in a statement.

Trump said he intended to meet with leaders of the U.S. intelligence community next week.

The interactive Muckety map above shows the direct line from Russia to its intelligence agency to the state-organized group that hacked the computers of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, who managed the Clinton campaign.

Email messages harvested by the hackers were then distributed by WikiLeaks.

For the technically oriented, here’s the report issued Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security: GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity

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