A former CIA agent claims that Vladimir Putin was ‘the only adult in the room’ after Obama expelled Russian diplomats from the US over a hacking row.
Mr Obama last week expelled the 35 diplomats over the hacking of US political groups during the 2016 presidential election.
From The DailyMail
The US government accused them of ‘acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status’ – a euphemism for spying – and gave them 72 hours to leave the country.
The Russian government dismissed hacking allegations as absurd but Mr Putin declined to order a tit-for-tat expulsion of American diplomats, claiming he would not ‘stoop’ to Obama’s level.
He said he would consider the actions of President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on January 20, when deciding on further steps in Russia-U.S. relations.
And now a veteran CIA agent has praised Putin for deferring his decision and says the White House is just eager to punish Russia and went too far in expelling the diplomats.
In an interview with Russia Today, the former spy Philip Giraldi said: ‘There is a broad consensus also in the media and in Congress to take harsh steps against Russia, and I think Obama saw an opportunity in this.
‘The problem is that the consensus is very much going in the direction of ‘we have to punish Russia.’ And this is coming from Congress, the media, and the White House, and particularly being pushed by the Hillary Clinton camp in the Democratic Party.
‘But I think Putin behaved like the only adult in the room in terms of his deferring any kind of action as a response to this and I think Trump is basically holding out his hand, saying “We can work our way through this.”‘
The comments from the CIA agent come as a plane carrying the 35 diplomats arrived back in Moscow this morning after leaving Washington last night.
The special flight touched down in Moscow at 2.08am today after departing from Dulles International Airport in Virginia yesterday.
In freezing temperatures, the diplomats were ushered into waiting buses and driven away.
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