Posted by on December 29, 2016 1:16 pm
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(BANT) – New U.S. sanctions against Russia for hacking efforts targeting
the presidential election include kicking out Russian government officials at
the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, where the officials have been given
72 hours to leave the country.

President Barack Obama signed an executive order today issuing
sanctions against Russian intelligence services, government officials and
companies who he said were involved in Russian efforts to disrupt the
election.

According to the order, the Russian government was involved in
hacking activities intended to erode the integrity of U.S. elections. The
order also accused Russian police and security forces of harassing U.S.
officials working abroad.

The harassment of U.S. officials abroad led the president to
declare 35 government officials working in Washington, D.C., and San
Francisco as “persona non grata.”

“They were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic
status,” the order states, and they and their families have been given 72
hours to leave the U.S.

The response to harassment also included revoking Russian access
to two compounds owned by the Russian government in New York and Maryland.

The Russian Consulate in San Francisco is located at 2790 Green
St. in the city’s Pacific Heights neighborhood.