Russian Embassy Trolls ‘Lame Duck’ Obama After Sanctions Announcements

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Chuck Ross Investigative Reporter
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Russia’s embassy in the United Kingdom took a jab at President Obama on social media on Thursday after the administration announced a slew of sanctions against Russian officials believed to have hacked Democrats’ emails during the presidential campaign.

The Obama administration announced on Thursday that 35 Russian intelligence officials have been deemed “persona non grata” in the U.S. and must leave the country within 72 hours.

The administration also imposed sanctions against four officials who work for Russia’s main intelligence directorate, known as GRU. Three companies that U.S. officials believe helped Russian spies with the hacking effort were also slapped with sanctions.

The government is also revoking access to facilities in Maryland and New York that are used by Russian officials for both intelligence gathering and recreational purposes.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security also released a Joint Analysis Report laying out an overview of how Russian agents carried out their cyberattacks against the Democratic National Committee and members of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign staff.

U.S. authorities are referring to the Russian campaign as Grizzly Steppe, according to the report. The 13-page document states that Russian civilian and military intelligence Services (RIS) has continued hacking political campaigns even after the election.

“Actors likely associated with RIS are continuing to engage in spearphishing campaigns, including one launched as recently as November 2016, just days after the U.S. election,” the report reads.

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