President-elect Donald Trump responded to the Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia Thursday over allegations of US election-related hacking.
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“It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,” he wrote. “Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.”
Actions taken by the White House thus far include the expulsion of 35 “Russian intelligence operatives” from the United States as well as sanctions on Russia’s top two intelligence agencies and “companies and organizations” accused of assisting government-connected hackers.
A full list of actions were outlined by President Obama::
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.
The FBI and Homeland Security simultaneously released a Joint Analysis Report (JNC) on the “technical details regarding the tools and infrastructure used by the Russian civilian and military intelligence Services…”
A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin called Obama’s sanctions “ungrounded and illegal.”
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