Obama puts Russia on notice over hacking
BARACK Obama says the US must and will take action against Russia at a "time and place of our choosing” over cyber hacking aimed at influencing last month's presidential election.
Speaking on National Public Radio, President Obama said some of the US's response might be "explicit and publicised” and some of it might not.
"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,” he said.
Earlier this week, the CIA said hackers working for Russia had accessed the Democratic National Committee's computer network and the private email of John Podesta, a key advisor to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, during the election campaign.
Mr Obama told NPR: "There's no doubt that it contributed to an atmosphere in which the only focus for weeks at a time, months at a time were Hillary's emails, the Clinton Foundation, political gossip surrounding the DNC.”
President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the hacking claims as rubbish, creating tension with the intelligence community.
On Thursday, Obama adviser Ben Rhodes said Russian President Vladimir Putin would have been involved in the hacks.
"Everything we know about how Russia operates and how Putin controls that government would suggest ... we're talking about the highest levels of government,” he told MSNBC television.