Obama Changes Hacking Story
Obama said Russia “in fact” had “hacked into the DNC,” but that the actual voting process was not compromised. The White House was just trying to “let people know” what was going on, and the media interpreted the reasons, he said.
“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,” he said, adding that Washington’s response to Moscow’s alleged interference is being done “in a thoughtful, methodical way.”
“Some of it we do publicly, some of it we will do in a way that they know but not everybody will,” Obama told the media, adding that “the message will be directly received by the Russians and not publicized.”
“It’s not like Putin is going around the world publicly saying, ‘Look what we did, wasn’t that clever’ – he denies it,” Obama said.
When meeting with Russia’s President Putin in China in September, Obama said he confronted him directlyon the matter. The US leader told Moscow “to cut it out,” and apparently since then Washington “didn’t see further tampering with the election process.”
By then, however, WikiLeaks had already published the DNC documents. In October they began publishing the emails of Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta, and the media “wrote about it every day,” Obama said.
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had a “disadvantage” in the presidential campaign because of how the US media covered her, Obama told journalists.
“This was not some elaborate complicated espionage scheme,” Obama said, once again accusing Moscow of having hacked into the Democratic party emails, both Clinton’s and Podesta’s, that contained “pretty routine stuff.”
Though insisting Russia was responsible for making the DNC and Podesta documents public, Obama repeated several times that the actual election was not tampered with.
“My principal goal leading up to the election was making sure the election itself went off without a hitch, that it was not tarnished, and that it did not feed any sense in the public that somehow tampering had taken place with the actual process of voting. And we accomplished that,” Obama said.
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