The Obama administration stepped up their game against Russia for supposedly hacking its way into American politics, but is not the kind of country to take crap from others, especially when what is being said is untrue.
Now, Russian officials demand one thing from President Barack Obama, either “stop talking” or “produce some proof.”
— CNN (@CNN) December 16, 2016
On Thursday, Obama boldly assumed that he could speek for all Americans, by stating that the United States would retaliate against Russia for interfering in the election, by hacking political organizations.
“I think there’s no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact on the integrity of our elections, that we need to take action and we will, at a time and a place of our own choosing.”
He then added, “Some of it may be explicit and publicized. Some of it may not be. Mr. Putin is well aware of my feelings about this, because I spoke to him directly about it.”
The CIA has said that Russian government hackers attacked the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, but WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who published leaked emails from both of those sources, denied Russia had a role in obtaining the documents WikiLeaks published.
President-elect Donald Trump has publicly voiced doubts about the role of Russian hackers in the elections.
“I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s just another excuse,” Trump told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
On Friday, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the Obama administration has yet to back up its accusations with any evidence.
“They should either stop talking about that or produce some proof at last. Otherwise, it all begins to look unseemly,” said Peskov, who added it was “indecent” to “groundlessly” accuse Russia of trying to interfere in the elections.
In October, intelligence agencies accused Russia of trying to hack its way into election systems and political groups. However, the issue lay dormant until after Trump’s victory, then all hell broke loose.
If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016
The issue of Russian involvement is a very complicated one. There are demands from some electors for an intelligence briefing prior to Monday’s Electoral College vote, which would officially make Trump America’s president-elect. Other reports reveal that Trump is concerned there may be a political agenda within the CIA to interfere with his election.
One rep said that, “Right now, certain elements of the media, certain elements of the intelligence community and certain politicians are really doing the work of the Russians — they’re creating this uncertainty over the election,”
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