FBI backs CIA conclusion on Russian hacking motive

"Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russian Federation or others not to do this do to us because we can do stuff to you", he said.

"Recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American", read a statement from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, committee member Lindsey Graham, incoming Senate Minority Leader leader Charles E. Schumer, and Armed Services Committee ranking member Jack Reed.

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"Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russian Federation or others not to do this to us, because we can do stuff to you", Obama noted, placing the blame directly on Russia's president.

The FBI is supporting the CIA's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential election with the goal of supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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Independent cybersecurity analysts have also accused Russian Federation of involvement in the cyberattacks that effectively undermined Clinton's 2016 White House bid. Its actions, which seemingly amounted to hacking and leaking info from Democrats in an effort to swing the election to Trump, had an impact only because America's divisions allowed them to have an impact.

That coverage contributed to President-elect Donald Trump's victory, he implied. "The truth is that there was nobody here who didn't have some sense about what kind of effect it might have", Obama said. Critics have bemoaned the fact that there was no retaliation or public upbraiding of Putin from Obama before Election Day. Noting that one of the problems with the internet and cyber issues was there is not always a return address, Obama said by the time one catches up to it, attributing what happened to a particular government could be hard and not always provable in court. "It would have immediately become one more political scrum". "I wanted to make sure that everybody understood we were playing this thing straight, that we weren't trying to advantage one side or another". He went back to that message Friday. And it should concern all of us. "This was not a complicated espionage scheme".

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For the president, the answer to that question is a press obsessed with minutiae and partisans obsessed with winning at any cost.

Obama argued that once his administration had "clarity and certainty about what in fact had happened, we publicly announced that Russian Federation had hacked into the DNC" during the campaign - making sure the public was informed of Russia's culpability before the election.

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"The three of us also agree that our organizations, along with others, need to focus on completing the thorough review of this issue that has been directed by President Barack Obama and which is being led by the DNI", the Washington Post quoted Brennan's message as saying.

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