- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 15, 2016

President Obama vowed that the U.S. will “take action” in response to Russia’s suspected cyberattacks in the presidential 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 and we will — at a time and place of our own choosing,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with NPR set to air in full on Friday. “Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.” 

The president has ordered a review by intelligence agencies of the evidence of Russian hacking before his term ends on Jan. 20. Even though the evidence has yet to be aired publicly, he said, there is little doubt that the damage was directed at Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“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,” he said.

“But that does not in any way, I think, detract from the basic point that everyone during the election perceived accurately — that in fact what the Russian hack had done was create more problems for the Clinton campaign than it had for the Trump campaign.”

He said he “spoke directly” with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the attacks.

 

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