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US expels Russian officials over hacking


US president Barack Obama (AP)

US president Barack Obama (AP)

US president Barack Obama (AP)

President Barack Obama has sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials, kicked out 35 Russian officials and closed down two Russian-owned compounds in the US in a sweeping response to election hacking.

It was the strongest action the Obama administration has taken to date to retaliate for a cyber attack.

"All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," Mr Obama said in a statement released while he was on holiday in Hawaii.

He added: "Such activities have consequences."

Mr Obama ordered sanctions against two Russian intelligence services, the GRU and the FSB, plus companies which the US says support the GRU.

Belfast Telegraph