Saturday, December 31, 2016

'Holds No Water': How Obama Invented 'Russian Hackers'

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he delivers remarks at the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington November 5, 2015

On December 29, the United States announced a series of measures against several Russian organizations and individuals in retaliation for Moscow’s alleged hacking into US political institutions. Washington also expelled 35 Russian diplomats and their families (about 100 people in all) and is closing down two Russian-owned compounds in the US.

Even though the expulsion of the country’s diplomats and closure of its diplomatic missions traditionally entails a tit-for-tat response, President Putin said on Friday that Russia will not expel US diplomats in response to Washington’s unfriendly move. "We will not create problems for American diplomats. We will not expel anyone," Putin said. “Furthermore, I invite all children of US diplomats accredited in Russia to the Christmas and New Year tree in the Kremlin.” He added that Russia’s further steps in restoring ties with the United States will depend on the policy of President-elect Donald Trump. Promised revenge

Earlier this month President Barack Obama warned that the US would “take action” against Russia for alleged cyberattacks on Democratic Party  officials who claimed that outside meddling prevented Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton from winning the presidency.

Russia has flatly denied all accusations that it organized the hacking of email accounts of Democratic Party officials and Clinton's campaign chief, John Podesta, and then leaked them to the whistleblowing anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

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