Putin Outfoxes Obama, Lies in Wait for Trump

Moscow laughs off the Obama administration’s sanctions and expulsions as feeble last gestures and promises to respond in kind.

Back in 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a ring of alleged Russian “sleepers,” including red-haired Russian “Bond Girl” Anna Chapman, who quickly became a celebrity ex-spy. In the end, not much harm was done.

But on Thursday, President Barack Obama ordered a much more significant action against what was portrayed as a much more sinister plot. In retaliation for the alleged hacking of the Democratic Party in an effort to tilt the U.S. presidential elections to Donald Trump, 35 Russians were declared “persona non grata,” two Russian intelligence agencies were sanctioned, and a list of hackers was published. Residences in the United States where Russian officials and their children spent time relaxing (among other things) found themselves shut down.

The news arrived late in the evening on Thursday in Moscow, where it was not entirely unexpected, and the Kremlin immediately promised “a mirror response.” But then came the surprises.

On Friday morning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the American accusations “have no grounds” and Russia would kick out 31 diplomats serving at the U.S. embassy as well as four more stationed in St. Petersburg. “They declared our dachas in Washington and with the UN mission ‘nests of spies.’ We suggest banning Americans for use of their dacha in Serebrenny Bor and their storage facility in Dorozhnaya Street.” All that seemed predictable enough.

Russia’s former president and current prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, who received Obama in Moscow in 2009, the time of the “re-set” in U.S.-Russia relations, buried all hopes of improved ties with these guys. “It is sad that the Obama administration that began its life by reconstructing ties ends it with anti-Russian death throes,” Medvedev tweeted. “RIP.”

Russian officials had prepared the country for the worst, even before Obama announced the sanctions and expulsion.

On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin’s internet adviser, German Klimenko, warned Russians that their country could get “entirely unplugged from the world’s internet.” Earlier this week, the Russian Ministry of Communications worked on a draft of a new law “designed as a protective measure” for the most important state institutions.

The effect of such measures could well play into authoritarian hands, as independent political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin tells The Daily Beast: “Putin’s first move is to isolate Russia, separate people from the world with a USSR-style Iron Curtain, except that this time the curtain is designed against the freedom of internet information,” Oreshkin said. “In Soviet times, Russians were also told that there, on the other side of the curtain, the world is full of miserable liars.”

On Friday morning, Russia’s major television station, Channel One, featured footage of children of Russian diplomats having fun last summer in the U.S. summer camps that were now doomed, thanks to Obama. So the first of Moscow’s “mirror” responses hit children of Western diplomats. Russian news agencies reported that authorities closed the Anglo-American school in Moscow. The school taught hundreds of Western children, including the kids of the U.S., British and Canadian diplomats. The reports also said that the Kremlin closed down a U.S. embassy “resort” in Moscow.

And then… and then… judo blackbelt Putin pulled one of the most spectacular jiujitsu moves of his political career, announcing that Russia would not be punishing any American children or closing any American dachas. In a move that echoed Michelle Obama’s incantatory “they go low, we go high,” Putin announced: “We will not create problems for U.S. diplomats. We will not expel anyone. We will not prohibit their families and children to use their usual vacation spots in the New Year’s holidays. Moreover, I am inviting all children of the U.S. diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year’s and Christmas celebration in the Kremlin.”

“While we reserve the right to respond, we will not drop to this level of irresponsible diplomacy, and we will make further steps to help resurrect Russian-American relations based on the policies that the administration of D. Trump will pursue,” Putin said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin dismissed all the accusations described in the 13-page document with the colorful title “Grizzly Steppe: Russian Malicious Cyber Activity” (PDF), presented to Obama jointly by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI.

The U.S. report detailed activities by the Russian intelligence services, mainly the FSB (formerly KGB) and GRU (military intelligence) collectively labeled RIS. It blamed the Russian government for sponsoring computer hacking attacks on the Democratic Party during the 2016 election campaign using cutouts labeled Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) 29 and APT 28, which have also been called Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, respectively.

But almost all of this information has been on the public record for months, much of published by private security firms. A previous joint statement by FBI and DHS in early October (PDF) stated flatly that the U.S. intelligence community “is confident that the Russian government directed the recent compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations.”

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“These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process,” the American services stated—and remember, this was back in October.

But the case as presented was highly circumstantial, described as “consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.

“Such activity is not new to Moscow—the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there,” the October statement continued. “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”

The joint DHS/FBI statement issued Thursday describes some techniques and details, but gets no closer to the proverbial smoking keyboard.

The Daily Beast spoke with a number of IT specialists in Russia who admitted that the hacker business was becoming profitable for thousands of young specialists on the “black Internet market.” Young IT students and programmers also are offered jobs in state “cybersecurity” companies. “These sanctions against FSB and GRU are a joke,” one of IT specialists working for the state told The Daily Beast on background. “These cyber forces are non-official; it is the same as imposing sanctions against ghost.”

Official Russian officials, for their part, did not want to hear about any evidence linking Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear hackers to the FSB or GRU. Obama’s new anti-Russian steps three weeks before Trump takes over at the White House were nothing but “a dead one grabbing and forcing his will on the alive one,” Aleksei Pushkov, a deputy of Federation Council, said on Twitter. The Kremlin insisted that the new punishment was just going to cause trouble for President-Elect Donald Trump, that the investigation against Russia is biased, political, and based on thin evidence.

Hours after Washington imposed the sanctions on Russia’s secret-service agencies and announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the United States, Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for Russian Foreign Ministry, referred to President Obama’s administration as “losers in foreign policy, evil and ignorant.” Zakharova also said that by creating a diplomatic scandal with the Russia president, Obama “humiliated” the American people and added to the list of problems for Donald Trump to solve.

The conflict with Washington developed in the midst of a very important process—the Kremlin is sharing control and brokering peace deals with Turkey and Iran in Syria, where as many as 400,000 people have been killed in the civil war since 2011. On Thursday, the presidents of Turkey and Russia announced that the truce they had brokered without any participation by Washington was holding. International observers confirmed that it was calm in Syria on Thursday night, although there were some reports of fighting near Damascus on Friday.

The operation in Syria was a gesture that the Kremlin was planning to stage for President Obama, as a memorable goodbye.

Last month, Sergei Markov, an adviser to the Kremlin, told The Daily Beast: “Moscow is planning to take over eastern Aleppo during the period between the U.S. elections and the new president’s inauguration in a symbolical gesture to slap Obama in the face.”

Images of the Russian bear roaring at the American eagle illustrated articles about the new Cold War tensions in Russian media; Moscow insisted that, by putting pressure on Russia, Obama has inspired the new Cold War. There is no suggestion that Russian actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine might have had something to do with this; no hint that Russia might indeed be playing a dangerous game of its own.

So this new Cold War continues to heat up, steadily undermining not only American democracy but such political openings as remain in Russia.

“Most probably the Kremlin is going to expel dozens of the U.S. diplomats,” Oreshkin told The Daily Beast before that announcement was official, then retracted. But of course that’s not the end of the game: “It will put more pressure on ‘foreign agents,’ NGOs like Memorial and Levada Center and on the U.S. representative offices,” said Oreshkin, and that suits the Kremlin’s purposes just fine.

with additional reporting by Christopher Dickey in Paris

Putin Outfoxes Obama, Lies in Wait for Trump

 

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Putin: Russia will not expel anyone in response to US sanctions

Published time: 30 Dec, 2016 12:30
Edited time: 30 Dec, 2016 14:03
The Russian president has rejected a suggestion of the foreign ministry to expel 35 American diplomats in response to a similar move by the US. He said Obama’s act was designed to provoke a reaction, but Russia would not take the bait.

We reserve the right to retaliate, but we will not sink to the level of this irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy. We will take further moves on restoring Russian-American relations based on the policies that the administration of President-elect Donald Trump adopts,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a statement published by the Kremlin website.

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Putin said that, unlike the Obama administration, Russia will not target foreign diplomats and their families days before New Year’s celebrations.

We will not forbid families and children from spending the New Year’s holidays at the places they are used to. Moreover, I invite the children of all American diplomats with accreditation in Russia to New Year’s and Christmas festivities in the Kremlin,” the Russian president said.

Putin said he regretted that US President Barack Obama is ending his term “in such a way,” but that he extended his New Year’s congratulations to the outgoing US president and his family nevertheless.

“I congratulate President-elect Donald Trump and the entire American people!” he concluded.

The Kremlin said it will send a government plane to the US to evacuate the expelled diplomats and their family members. Earlier, there were reports that the diplomats were having problems buying tickets on such short notice, with airlines already booked by New Year’s travelers.

 

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested that Russia respond to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the US by expelling 35 American diplomats from Russia. Similarly, the eviction of a Russian diplomatic staff from two vacation houses in the US would be mirrored by a similar eviction of Americans in Russia.

President Obama targeted Russian diplomats as a part of wider sanctions against Russian, which he justified by the alleged interference by the Russian government in the November presidential election in the US. Moscow denies the allegations.

The US claimed that the vacation houses had been used for espionage. Russia insists that they were used by the diplomatic staff to spend holidays with their families.

ALERT – 31 States Rise Up, DEFY Obama In Final Humiliation of His Presidency

Most of America has never liked the fact that Middle Eastern refugees have been pouring into this country and we are finally standing up to Obama on the issue.

By refusing to let Syrian refugees past their border, 31 states have defied Obama. This shouldn’t be a shock, considering America has watched Europe cripple under the weight of these refugees. (via CNN)

Out of these states, 26 of them have Republican leadership. The conservatives are very aware of the negative impacts that these Middle Eastern migrants have had on other countries, and they don’t want their state to end up the same way.

The states are from all corners of our country. Some are from south, like Alabama and Georgia and Texas, there’s states more towards the west like Arizona, and even northern states like New Hampshire, Maine, Michigan, and Illinois.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) stated, “Defeating ISIS involves projecting American ideals to the world. Governors who reject those fleeing war and persecution abandon our ideals and instead project our fears to the world.”

But this is rather ironic since CAIR has known ties to terrorist organizations, they want these refugees in America because of the terrorism that they intend to inflict on this country. They’re bringing their “war and persecution” and echoing it onto the American people.

As much as Obama refuses to admit it, there have been successful Islamic terrorist attacks on this nation during his presidency. The refugees in this country have only made these events more common, just as they have increased in Europe.

Although the states cannot stop the federal government from pushing these refugees into their borders, they can make it as difficult as possible and refuse to co-operate.

I’m sure Obama isn’t pleased about this, as it amounts to the states refusing to accept his vision of our country. The American people understand that Syria is a war-torn country and that their people are suffering, but bringing them here is not going to help matters.

Because we cannot properly vet these people, Islamic terrorists can just mill in with the rest of the refugees and inflict their hateful mindset on many more people. This is the goal of organizations like ISIS, to infiltrate our borders and destroy us.

When America went through the Civil War, foreign influence was minimal. Europe did send supplies to the Confederacy, but that was about it. They did not bring the unsuccessful people of the South over to England to live, they let America solve their own problems.

But now, that same mentality is “horrible” and “heartless” to liberals, so the American people are forced to make room for people who hate Americans and whose religion preaches for their followers to kill those who refuse to worship Allah. And the Democrats wonder why we don’t want them in our states? Is this a trick question?

ALERT – 31 States Rise Up, DEFY Obama In Final Humiliation of His Presidency

A SHADY EXIT: Obama BACK-STABS Israel (VIDEO) then lies about it. WATCH THIS!! Obama DESTROYED by liberal professor.

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Obama is one sorry bastard whom I hope, after leaving office, gets convicted of Treason against America and her Allies!

According to  attorney Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and personal friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama has stabbed Israel in the back as part of a personal vendetta. Obama is doing everything possibly to protect his legacy and make things as difficult as possible for the Trump administration to fix.  Even worse, he is doing all these things at the detriment of the United States and our people. (VIDEO BELOW) 

** President Obama is one sick puppy.  Donald Trump cannot undo do this.  The United States and Israel are being screwed for Obama’s personal whims.  Please WATCH and SHARE this now! 

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Additional Quotes from Alan Dershowitz:

“He did have Israel’s back…as a target!” 

“This is a personal thing… this is Barack Obama, the lame duck president, undemocratically, with no checks and balances, at a time when Congress is out of session, just getting even. Letting his passion prevail over policy.”

“I’m not sure he cares about America’s future. He cares about his own legacy.  He wants to burnish it.  He cares about getting even. This is bad for America.”

“This cannot be undone.  The president tied the hands of his successors.”

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VIDEO Morning Joe Stalwarts Are Tired of Hillary Blaming Others – Joe Piscopo

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Morning Joe Stalwarts Are Tired of Hillary Blaming Others

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 19 Dec 2016 by Charlie Spiering

“This is a sad way to step off the stage,” MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle says in response to Hillary Clinton’s latest tirade explaining why she lost the presidential election.

“It’s just this utter incapability for self-examination,” New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters replied. “It’s the Russians’ fault, It’s Comey’s fault … it’s Huma’s fault, it’s Obama’s fault, it’s fake news’s fault, it’s the media’s fault.”

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USA Lover Donald Trump Confirmed President-Elect by Electoral College; Winning 304 Votes, Reclaiming Our Republic

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December 19, 2016

Donald J. Trump was confirmed as president-elect today by members of the Electoral College, winning at least 304 electoral votes. Texas put Trump over the top as it cast its vote after 5PM ET today. 304 is likely to be Trump’s final number, as the three states yet to vote – California, Nevada and Hawaii – were won by Hillary Clinton on Election Day. Should those electors all vote as pledged, Clinton will end up with 228 votes.

In the end, there wasn’t a lot of drama in the vote. There were 6 faithless electors, however, including 4 in Washington and two in Texas. While a small number, this is the highest number of faithless electors for president since the 19th century. There were attempts by electors in Colorado, Maine and Minnesota to cast faithless votes, but these were disallowed.

Trump will…

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