Obama: US will retaliate against Russian hacking


WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Barack Obama said on Thursday (Friday in Manila) the United States will retaliate against Russian hacking aimed at interfering in the US election.

“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action,” Obama told NPR radio. “And we will, at a time and place of our own choosing.”

“Some of it may be explicit and publicized,” the president added. “Some of it may not be.”

NPR said Obama avoided endorsing a CIA conclusion that Russia hacked into email accounts of Democratic Party institutions and officials with the specific goal of hurting the party’s candidate Hillary Clinton and helping Republican Donald Trump win the election.

Trump did win.

Obama has ordered US intelligence agencies to conduct a full review of the hacking and report back to him before he leaves office on Inauguration Day January 20.

“There are still a whole range of assessments taking place among the agencies,” Obama told NPR.

The full interview is set to air on Friday morning, hours before Obama is scheduled to give a year’s end news conference.

“And so when I receive a final report, you know, we’ll be able to, I think, give us a comprehensive and best guess as to those motivations,” Obama said.

The president’s language on retaliation was not new.

When US intelligence agencies took the extraordinary step in October of publicly accusing Russia of staging cyberattacks against American political organizations, officials used similarly tough terms.

“We will take action to protect our interests, including in cyberspace, and we will do so at a time and place of our choosing,” a senior administration official told Agence France-Presse at the time.



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  1. Yonkers, New York
    16 Dec. 2016

    How those Russian hackers could have succeeded in doing what they did, which helped Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a fried of Vladimir Putin, win over Hillary Clinton [by 71 Electoral Votes!] is not easy to comprehend given the fact that the US is known to be technological superior to Russia.

    If the US is NOW incapable of defending itself from hacking by Russia or China or North Korea or by any other nation intent in harming the US and its institutions, it is imperative for it to quickly discover where the weaknesses or deficiencies lie, and quickly remedy there to ensure that the next presidential elections four years from now will be immune from the hacking Russia allegedly succeeded in doing this year.