Amidst speculation that the CIA-backed theory of Russian election tampering is unevidenced and overblown, President Barack Obama has vowed that the U.S. will “tack action” against Moscow for its alleged role in electing Donald Trump.
In an interview with NPR that will air in full on Friday, Obama remained nebulous about the prospect of punishing Russia.
“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. “Some if it may be explicit and publicized, some of it may not be.”
Obama recently announced that he had ordered the U.S. Intelligence Community to prepare and deliver a report on Russian cyberattacks before he leaves office on January 20th, a move that effectively shielded it from a House Intelligence Committee request for a briefing on the matter.
The president claimed that the final report would allow him to determine what Russia’s motivations were, if indeed they were behind the hacks that exposed several of skeletons in the closets of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic machine.
Obama seemed to rely on intuition as evidence of Russian involvement, claiming that the fact that the president-elect was helped by the hacks more than Clinton is the “basic point” that implies Russian cyberaggression was the culprit.