Obama: US Will Act Against Russia for Email Hacking
President Barack Obama says the United States will take action against Russia for carrying out cyberattacks during the U.S. election.
Obama said any time it is proven that a foreign government tried to influence the "integrity" of U.S. elections, officials "need to take action... and we will." He made the comments during an interview with National Public Radio released Friday.
Obama also spoke to reporters about the issue during a press conference Friday at the White House. He said U.S. intelligence agencies have investigated the issue and found that Russia was responsible for leaking emails of U.S. people and political institutions.
Thousands of emails were leaked from the Democratic National Committee last July. The emails contained private information about committee activities. Private emails from a top campaign adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were also leaked.
Some of the details were considered embarrassing for Clinton and the Democratic Party.
Obama said he even brought up the issue when he saw Russian President Vladimir Putin at a G-20 meeting in China in September. He said he told Putin to "cut it out."
Obama said he wanted to speak directly to Putin to let him know there would be "serious consequences" if the leaks did not stop. "We did not see further tampering of the election process," he said. But Obama noted that, at that time, the leaks were already public and could no longer be stopped.
Obama said he thinks his administration handled the leaks correctly by making them public. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement on the leaks in October.
The statement accused the Russian government of "directing" the leaks involving U.S. people and "political organizations." It said the stolen information was intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.
The statement added that top Russian officials must have authorized the activities.
"And then we allowed you, and the American public, to make an assessment as to how to weigh that going into the election."
Obama said the United States had not yet decided how to answer the Russian actions.
"Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russia, or others, not to do this to us. Because we can do stuff to you. But it is also important for us to do that in a thoughtful, methodical way."
He added that the U.S. response might be handled in a private way. Obama noted that U.S. relations with Russia had already declined in recent years over several issues. He said the U.S. currently has many sanctions in place against Moscow.
"So how we approach an appropriate response that increases costs for them for behavior like this in the future - but does not create problems for us - is something that's worth taking the time to think through and figure out."
Russian officials have repeatedly denied any involvement in activities intended to influence the U.S. elections. They have also urged U.S. officials to make public any evidence they have.
Both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress have called for investigations into possible Russian influence in the election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin have called for full investigations into the election.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has rejected suggestions by intelligence agencies that Russia carried out cyberattacks to help him win the election.
On Thursday, Trump again raised questions about the accusations on Twitter.
"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?" he wrote.
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1.foreign government 外国政府
Some foreign government and international banking establishment also make loan to us.
We have a new president-elect.
3.intelligence agencies 情报机构
The UN inspectors work hand in glove with the Western intelligence agencies.
4.cyber attacks 网络攻击
In 2014, the focus of many cyber attacks was stolen credit cards and financial crime.
1.U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has rejected suggestions by intelligence agencies that Russia carried out cyberattacks to help him win the election.
carried out 实施
Strict safety tests are carried out on food additives.
Two independent studies have been carried out.
2.They have also urged U.S. officials to make public any evidence they have.
make public 公开
The British government threatened to make public its disquiet but then pulled back.
One should never make public property one's private possession.
奥巴马称，无论何时，只要外国政府试图影响美国大选的“真实性”，政府“需要且一定会采取行动 。”周五，他在接受全国公共广播电台的采访时表明了立场 。
在同日举行的白宫记者招待会上，奥巴马又提及此事 。他表示，美国情报机构对此事展开了调查，发现俄罗斯是美国民众和政府部门的电邮泄露事件的主谋 。
7月份，美国民主党全国委员会数千封电子邮件泄露 。遭泄露的邮件包括委员会活动的机密信息 。民主党总统候选人希拉里手下一名高级竞选顾问的私人电邮也遭泄露 。
奥巴马表示，9月份在中国举办的G20会议上，他甚至与普京面谈了此事 。奥巴马表示，他告诉普京“适可而止” 。
奥巴马表示，他希望通过直接与普京沟通，让他知晓电邮若继续泄露的“严重后果” 。奥巴马说，“此后的大选时进程并未受到干扰 。”然而，奥巴马指出，当时某些遭泄邮件已经公之于众，为时已晚 。
奥巴马表示，政府通过公开的方式十分妥当地处理了邮件泄漏事件 。10月份，美国土安全部和国家情报总监办公室就邮件泄露一事发表了声明 。
奥马巴说，“我们的目标依旧是向俄罗斯或其它国家发出明确的信号，莫要挑衅美国 。因为美国会以牙还牙 。只不过，以周密且有序的方式回击同样重要 。”
他补充说，美国可能会私下做出回应 。奥巴马指出，近年来因某些问题，俄美关系已经遇冷 。他说，目前美国对莫斯科施加了诸多制裁 。
俄罗斯方面一再否认卷入意图影响美国大选的黑客事件 。他们甚至督促美国政府公开掌握的所有证据 。
美国国会共和党人、民主党人都呼吁对俄罗斯干预大选的可能性进行调查 。来自肯塔基州的参议院多数党领袖麦康内尔（McConnell）和来自威斯康辛州的众议院议长瑞恩（Ryan）都呼吁对大选展开全面调查 。