This is long due, and the Obama administration is now taking the last few steps, making the last few decisions, and so far, we have seen that these are pretty big decisions, decisions that have been carefully prepared for the final minute.
Yesterday, the Obama administration ejected about 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the United States and it even imposed sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence agencies. The government also imposed sanctions on four top officers of the military intelligence unit that’s believed to have ordered the attacks on the Democratic National Committee and many other political organizations.
All that was needed to make this the strongest response to any state-sponsored cyber attack was the release of evidence linking the attacks to computers of Russian intelligence.
This is also a jab at the president-elect, Donald Trump, who has always held the view that Russia has little or nothing to do with influencing the election results. The president-elect has always been of the opinion that American intelligence agencies could not be trusted, stressing that the hacking could even be done by someone sponsored by the United States government.
We just have to wait to see what actions Trump will be taking, but he should know that this is a pretty dicey situation. First and foremost, if he decides to leave the sanctions as they are now, he will be risking his relationship with some of Moscow’s elites, and if he should lift the sanctions, he will be proving that his relationship with Moscow is enough to ditch the findings of his own intelligence agencies.
Well, when asked about the impending sanctions on Wednesday, Mr. Trump stated: “I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what is going on. We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I’m sure we have the kind, the security we need.”
Even though he tried so much to divert his reply away from the question, he has proven to be a really smart person; it wouldn’t be doing him any good to take sides just yet. Meanwhile, the government is now planning to release a detailed “joint analytic report” from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security.