Obama Vows Action Against Russia For Hacking DNC Emails
“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections … we need to take action.”
President Barack Obama on Thursday called for retaliation against Russia for the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails that federal authorities believe was meant to sway the presidential election in President-elect Donald Trump’s favor.
“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections … we need to take action,” Obama said in an interview with NPR, to be broadcast Friday. “And we will, at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.”
Obama last met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in September to discuss the cyberattacks.
“He is well aware of my feelings, because I spoke to him directly about it,” he said.
U.S. intelligence officials believe that Putin may have directly ordered the hack, according to NBC. On Thursday, NBC reported that government sources said that the Obama administration decided against responding to Russia before the election for fear of a cyber-war. The White House also did not want to appear to be intervening in the election and believed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would win.READ MORE