The FBI has “no evidence” of a Russian hacking attack that targeted Democratic National Committee emails, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
Obama, who has said he believes Russia hacked the DNC, said there is “no doubt” Russia was behind the cyber attack.
“I don’t think it’s a question of a conspiracy, but we do know that this attack was very sophisticated, that the Russian government was involved,” Obama said.
The president said he thinks the hacking was “quite sophisticated,” and that the US is “not only at war with them, but with ourselves.”
“We are fighting with the Russians.
And we need to be on the side of democracy.
And I think we should be doing everything in our power to make sure that we don’t allow our country to be taken advantage of again,” he said.
Obama said he hopes the US will have the intelligence to prosecute Russian cyber criminals, but he said the issue “is not a partisan issue.”
Obama said Russia “should be held accountable” for the attacks, but said “they have a lot of leverage over us” because they have the means to attack our systems.
On Thursday, the White House said the Russian hacking campaign “was not the work of the Russians.”
Obama has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “mole” in the US, but Obama has also said Putin is not responsible for the hacking.
Obama also said the United States “can and must” cooperate with Russia on cybersecurity issues, including cyber threats.