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Obama Says U.S. Cautious in Handling Russian Election Hacks

  • President says he sought to prevent politicization of issue
  • Podesta slams FBI for handling of cyber-attack, e-mail scandal
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Obama: Based on Intelligence, Russia Hacked DNC

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President Barack Obama said the U.S. government took a cautious approach to allegations the Russians had hacked Democratic Party officials before the election out of concern that the issue would escalate or become politicized.

"I wanted to make sure we were playing this thing straight," Obama said Friday at his final end-of-the-year news conference at the White House, defending his administration against criticism that it didn’t more aggressively combat the hacking.