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LIMA, PERU - NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2016 CEO Summit on November 20, 2016 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Manuel Medir/LatinContent/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama on Thursday vowed retaliatory action against Russia for its meddling in the U.S. presidential election, pointing to the probability that President Vladimir Putin personally authorised it.

“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,” Obama said in an interview scheduled to air on Friday on National Public Radio, according to CNN.

Describing potential countermeasures by the U.S., the President said “some of it may be explicit and publicised; some of it may not be.”

He said he directly confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin about a potential U.S. response, and said his counterpart acknowledged his stance.

“Mr. Putin is well aware of my feelings about this, because I spoke to him directly about it,” Obama said.

Obama and Putin conferred on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in China in September.

Afterwards, Obama told reporters he raised cybersecurity with the Russian leader.

Intelligence agencies in October pinned blame on Russia for election-related hacking.

At the time, the White House vowed a “proportional response” to the cyberactivity, though declined to preview what that response might entail.

Officials have said U.S. actions against Russia may not be revealed publicly.

Earlier on Thursday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters during the daily White House briefing that “Mr. Trump obviously knew that Russia was engaged in malicious cyber activity that was helping him, and hurting Democrat Hillary Clinton. These are all facts that are not in dispute.”

Earnest pointed out that Trump had encouraged Moscow during a news conference to find missing emails from Clinton’s private server.

Trump has said he was joking.

“I don’t think anybody at the White House thinks it’s funny that an adversary of the United States engaged in malicious cyber activity to destabilize our democracy; that’s not a joke,” Earnest said.

Earnest, without mentioning Russian President Putin by name, also said “only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorised these activities,” repeating the words from an October U.S. intelligence assessment.

Earnest declined to say whether the U.S. had already begun its response to Moscow’s actions.

“The President determined once the intelligence community had reached this assessment that a proportional response was appropriate. At this point, I don’t have anything to say about whether or not that response has been carried out,” Earnest said.

Obama had directed the intelligence agencies to investigate the extent of Russia’s involvement in the election and conclude it before he leaves office.

The November 8 U.S. presidential election was allegedly manipulated by Russia following the upset by Republican Donald Trump against Democratic Hillary Clinton, who was popularly projected to win.

Trump has continued to dismiss allegations of hacking by Russia and has slammed Democrats and efforts by Green Party candidate in the election, Jill Stein for votes recount in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Clinton won the popular vote by about 2.7 million but lost to Trump on Electoral College.

12 Comments

  1. Majestic

    December 16, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Bruno please come and explain.I am not understanding.

  2. A Real Nigerian

    December 16, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I love how this report is conveniently leaving out the fact that the alleged hacking had nothing to do with the voting process.
    Keep trying to misinform your readers. Hack journalism at its best.
    And oh, even without Russia’s help, The Donald would still have won. Most average Americans did not give a hoot about the leaked e-mails and it surely did not affect who they ended up voting for.

    • weezy

      December 16, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      This is not misinformation. All major news sources – NYT, BBC, CNN are reporting that Russia hacked the DNC and RNC but only released the DNC emails in order to worsen public perception towards clinton. Further, all main news sources reported that there was no evidence that the voting machines themselves were hacked. Also, neither Obama nor Clinton said that the voting machines were hacked. So nothing you are saying is new, in actuality you’re just sowing confusion (and I wonder why) by developing strawman arguments.

      The NYT this week did an exhaustive report into exactly what Russia’s role is. BN would not let me post the link but I will try. http://nyti.ms/2hBZd9C

      Basically over several months, Russian hackers targetted the democratic national convention and took regular every day emails which they shared with Wikileaks. Julian Assange the head of Wikileaks has been very clear about his disgust with Clinton. Assange released those emails (which did not contain any evidence of actual corruption, but simply showed in-fighting and dismissive comments that are normal in any political campaign) to the world, hyping them up constantly and claiming they showed how terrible Clinton was. The mainstream, liberal, conservative and neo-nazi (I will not call them alt-right) newspapers, instead of focusing on the source of the emails, reported on them like they were news. It is like someone stealing your diary and sharing it with all your friends, and your friends instead of chastising the person that stole it don’t even bother asking why the thief has your diary. Instead they insult you because you wrote in the diary that you think your best friend is delusional and not that smart.

      Even though the more sensible sites agreed that there was no evidence on wrongdoing by Clinton, those everyday headlines during the election about “CLINTON EMAILS” and “CLINTON FOUNDATION” contributed to a real public perception that BOTH Clinton and Trump were equally bad and corrupt. Now that Trump is in power, americans are seeing what real corruption actually looks like.

      I’ll never understood the alternative reality that you and bruno live in. Somehow you think you know more about this election (and “most average” americans) than the best newspapers in the world whose job it is to actually investigate and talk to people without bias. All the polls leading up to the election showed that Americans believed both Clinton and Trump were bad candidates because Clinton was corrupt and Trump was nasty. The media’s argument after the election (if you actually tried to understand what they are saying instead of dismissing whatever does not confirm your views) is that 1) Clinton was not actually corrupt and 2) by paying heed to the stolen emails, America allowed itself to be played by Putin.

      Its as simple as that.

    • tunmi

      December 17, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      ?????thank you oh so much. I don’t have the energy to delve into this like you did. But ALL OF THAT!!!!

  3. esther

    December 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I trust Obama.

    • Howifeel

      December 16, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      For as long as you continue doing this, you will continue to beg and continue to struggle. This is not a curse, It is a principle that I am sure applies to the entire world.

  4. bruno

    December 16, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    russia, influenced the us election, how?

    are u telling us that a few embarrassing emails were enough to sway millions of americans to vote for trump? impossible

    beside america has been influencing other countries elections since the beginning of time. so now they have given u a taste of ur own medicine, u dey vex

    obama pls stop this foolishness. ur days in the white house remains 5 weeks or so. obama dont start something u cant finish. u will tarnish ur legacy. the founder of wikileaks has come out to say the emails were not from russia. it was an insider from hillary Clinton’s camp that leaked those emails and information. wikileaks have never lied or been wrong. their news and email leaks are very accurate.

    the FBI has said russia has zero connection to the email leaks.

    obama u are just pissed caused the person u chose to succeed u was rejected by americans.

    electors are meeting on monday and all of them have vowed to give donald trump his deserved 306 electoral votes that he won fair and square in the election.

    first u people said russia hacked the voting machines. they decided to do a recount in only the states that donald trump won. what happened, it backfired. trump gained more extra votes after the recount. now they are saying russia influenced the election by leaking hillary clintons campaign emails. smh

    why are we even concerned about who hacked hillary? we are suppose to be concerned about the content of those emails. how hillary cheated bernie sanders.
    we should be thanking who ever leaked those emails.

    obama if u have evidence about this issue u will release it. u will make arrests etc stop going to the Washington post and cnn and telling them to spread fake news. trying to undermine trumps win. hillary Clinton was a bad candidate thats why she lost period. stop blaming russia.

    • LL

      December 16, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      @bruno, you do not have to comment, you are becoming annoying on the topic

  5. Daizzy

    December 16, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    You’re becoming irritating!

  6. Frank

    December 16, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    So first Obama came out and said the elections wasn’t hacked, now he’s saying the Russians influenced the elections. So are you saying the Russians made Americans vote Trump. By the way prior to the elections polls said the wikileaks release of information on Hilary won’t sway voters in any way. Even the FBI contradicts you on the fact that Russians influenced the elections in any way possible. If you Mr. Obama wants to talk about election fraud, How about in Detroit they just found out Hilary got more votes than the number of registered voters, How about in the state of Georgia the Feds were trying to hack in the electoral system, How about after the Michigan recount that Demoncrats instigated, Trump added an additonal 100+ votes. How about Americans are just sick and tired of the faggot-ass, perverted, very corrupt DEMONCRATS. Not only did Demoncrats lose the white house, they lost the congress and about to lose the Supreme Court. Liberalism is on a spiral death and they are clutching at straws. Mr “Empty Suit” Obama you had better not open a can of worms. And by the way you can’t do shit to Russia or Putin, you’ve always been Putin’s Bitch. You didn’t do shit to Putin/Russia in all your 8yrs, now with 35days left for you to leave the white house you are acting all tough. NIG PLSS. Your days are numbered GTFO.

  7. Ruby

    December 16, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    @esther This isnt SDK Blog where u beg for alms. Get a life . It is more blessed to give than to receive. The internet never forgets remember. its sad u had to leave ur account details.

  8. Frank

    December 16, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    So first Obama came out and said the elections wasn’t hacked, now he’s saying the Russians influenced the elections. So are you saying the Russians made Americans vote Trump. By the way prior to the elections polls said the wikileaks release of information on Hilary won’t sway voters in any way. Even the FBI contradicts you on the fact that Russians influenced the elections in any way possible. If you Mr. Obama wants to talk about election fraud, How about in Detroit they just found out Hilary got more votes than the number of registered voters, How about in the state of Georgia the Feds were trying to hack in the electoral system, How about after the Michigan recount that Demoncrats instigated, Trump added an additonal 100+ votes. How about Americans are just sick and tired of the faggot-ass, perverted, very corrupt DEMONCRATS. Not only did Demoncrats lose the white house, they lost the congress and about to lose the Supreme Court. Liberalism is on a spiral death and they are clutching at straws. Mr “Empty Suit” Obama you had better not open a can of worms. And by the way you can’t do shit to Russia or Putin, you’ve always been Putin’s Bitch. You didn’t do shit to Putin/Russia in all your 8yrs, now with 35days left for you to leave the white house you are acting all tough. NIG PLSS. Your days are numbered GTFO. And by the way didn’t Bubble head Obama try to influence elections in Israel against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Now he acting like he’s a saint and he’s tough. GTFOH. I wish Trump will set up a special Prosecutor to investigate Hilary and throw her in jail, which is where she belongs.

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