First, and most important, it is not the hacking the DNC that is the issue. It is what they are doing that is not reported. The DNC is old news. Yahoo is old news. OPM is old news. VA is old news. You do not know what they have been attacking. Those attacks are why the GRU/FSB/SVR are booking flights home this weekend. Getting them out of the D.C. region is the key.
Second, many of those kicked out were getting to be a pain in the ass. Not much more is needed to explain their departure.
Third, which could be first, is to box the floater in. If the orange lunatic wants to turn around and invite the GRU/FSB/SVR back in to reestablish spy operations he would be very close to treason. This is as much for his “enjoyment” as poking Putin in the eye (sort of like closing down one of his eyes on the U.S.)
I do not know what is going on other than what is reported in the news. But, I can guess there is something more behind this. Most likely is a lot more going on to reach this point. The DNC thing is a nice cover. (don’t worry, the Russians already know that)
Of interest to me is that Putin did not kick out any U.S. operatives at this time. It is not out of the goodness of his large intestine. He is KGB and does not have a heart (just wondering what another heartless soul, Cheney, thinks of his party leader kissing up to the Soviets KGB). Why would he not follow tradition? I can only guess that he expects this example of “good” will make his saddle buddy allow the GRU/FSB/SVR to come back in and start local spying again.
This action also wipes the slate a little bit clean so that the GRU/FSB/SVR will have to reestablish their networks. That will take time. Perhaps longer than four years and the floater will be out of office by time Putin gets operatives back in and doing the nasty.
The best of this is that the Soviets/Russians get kicked in the groin. A few U.S. assets have been given to the GRU/FSB/SVR, but the loss may not be in the same scale as what was accomplished.
Next note: GRU is military intelligence, a mix of NSA, CIA and local folk; FSB is local (Russian) intelligence but with some external contacts and SVR is spy service, sort of like CIA. Be happy you do not have to deal with these people.
Next note: Putin, and the FSB/SVR would rather have known operatives stay in Russia than to kick out those they know which are there. This is a multi-layer poker game. Do you keep what you know? Or do you remove what you know to wait for a new deal of cards? Take a card on 16 or take a card on 17. Hustling the orange lunatic seems to be a running joke.
And, I am sure you are starting to build a question as to why I know this. I am just like you, except I had been exposed to this stuff a long time ago.