US blames Rus­sia for hack­ing of Amer­i­can cam­paign sites

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

The U.S. on Fri­day blamed the Rus­sian govern­ment for the hack­ing of po­lit­i­cal sites and ac­cused Moscow of try­ing to in­ter­fere with the up­com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Pres­sure has been mount­ing on the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to call out Rus­sia for the hack­ing of U.S. po­lit­i­cal sites and email ac­counts. The hack­ing claim Fri­day was an­other set­back in al­ready strained U.S.-Rus­sia re­la­tions.

The White House de­clined to say whether the for­mal at­tri­bu­tion would trig­ger sanc­tions against Rus­sia. A se­nior Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial, who wasn’t au­tho­rized to com­ment by name and re­quested anonymity, said the U.S. would re­spond “at a time and place of our choos­ing,” but any re­tal­i­a­tion may not take place in the open.

The of­fi­cial said the pub­lic won’t nec­es­sar­ily know what ac­tions the U.S. has al­ready taken or will take in the fu­ture against Rus­sia in cy­berspace.

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