WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama slapped Russia with new penalties Thursday in retaliation for meddling in the U.S. presidential election, targeting five people and four Russian organizations the administration says were involved.
“All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions,” Obama said in a statement. “Such activities have consequences.”
The penalties were aimed at punishing officials in the government of President Vladimir Putin, among them agents linked to email hacks of top Hillary Clinton campaign officials and the Democratic National Committee.
They included sanctions of two of Russia’s intelligence agencies and three companies the U.S. said provided support. Additionally, 35 Russian officials in the U.S. were ordered to leave within three days and access was cut off starting Friday to two Russian government-owned compounds, one in New York and one in Maryland.
The hackers leaked emails revealing campaign-related correspondence of senior Clinton adviser John Podesta and other Democratic operatives, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded.
Clinton has blamed Putin himself and told supporters that he went after her because of a “personal beef” against her. President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the idea that Putin was involved or that the leaks affected the outcome of the election.
Obama has all but blamed Putin personally, telling reporters before Christmas that very little happens in the Russian government without Putin’s knowledge.
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