Kremlin hopes US finds ‘political wisdom’ to solve diplomatic row

Updated 17 July 2017
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Kremlin hopes US finds ‘political wisdom’ to solve diplomatic row

MOSCOW: The Kremlin said on Monday it hoped the Trump administration would find the political wisdom to solve a diplomatic dispute with Moscow over the seizure of Russian diplomatic property in the US.
Barack Obama, then US president, ordered the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats in December over what he said was their involvement in hacking the 2016 US presidential election campaign, something Russia flatly denies.
Russia has said too many American spies operate in Moscow under diplomatic cover and has said it might expel some of them to retaliate over the incident.
It has said a lot will depend on the outcome of a meeting in Washington later on Monday between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and US Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon.
“We still hope that our American colleagues will demonstrate a certain political wisdom and political will,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters when asked about the dispute.
Peskov said any US preconditions to return the property would be unacceptable for Moscow and said Washington’s failure to hand back the compounds ran counter to international law.
He declined to discuss what steps Russia would take if the meeting between Ryabkov and Shannon failed to resolve the row.


UK teen gets 2 years for targeting CIA chief’s phone, email

Updated 24 min 19 sec ago
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UK teen gets 2 years for targeting CIA chief’s phone, email

LONDON: A British teenager has been sentenced to two years in a youth detention center for compromising the email and phone accounts of senior US government officials in what a judge called acts of “cyber-terrorism.”
Prosecutors say Kane Gamble conned call centers during 2015-16 into revealing information that got him into the accounts of then-FBI director Mark Giuliano, then-Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, then-CIA chief John Brennan and other officials.
They say Gamble, who was part of a group of hackers called “Crackas With Attitude,” put some of the information he gathered online.
Gamble pleaded guilty last year. The 18-year-old was sentenced to youth custody on Friday in a London criminal court.
Judge Charles Haddon-Cave said his “nasty campaign of politically motivated cyber-terrorism” had left victims feeling violated.