President Barack Obama has ordered the expulsion of 35 suspected Russian spies in response to “malicious cyber activity and harassment” by Putin’s government for attempts to undermine the 2016 election.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Obama ordered a number of actions in response to “the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of US officials and cyber operations aimed at the US election.”
Under an executive order, the Obama administration has provided additional authority for responding to the cyber threats.
It has sanctioned nine entities and individuals: including 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.
He said the decision was a “necessary and appropriate response” to efforts to harm US interests in violation of established international norms of behavior.
In addition, the Secretary of the Treasury is designating two Russian individuals for using cyber-enabled means to cause