In a statement released on Friday, the Obama administration officially denounced Russia for its alleged attempts to interfere in the 2016 elections.
The formal denunciation of the Russian government's apparent interference with the US presidential elections came from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The move was the outcome of the increasing pressure from within the administration and some lawmakers to condemn the Russian government publicly for its alleged interference with the 2016 elections, and also hold it responsible for its evident actions to set off a conflict around the elections.
According to the accusations, the Russian government's apparent efforts to impede the US presidential elections included the hacking attack on the computers of US political organizations, chiefly the Democratic National Committee.
As a result of the hacks, the Russian government allegedly stole and exposed emails from several political organizations, institutions and famous public personalities; thereby bringing to forefront the issue of whether President Obama would seek sanctions or other retaliation.
In the statement accusing the Russian government of the hacking campaign, James R. Clapper Jr. -- Director of National Intelligence -- and the DHS said that the leaked emails have appeared on a number of websites and are "intended to interfere with the US election process."