Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said in a nationally televised interview the accusations of Russian hacks that have been plaguing Donald Trump’s rise to the White House could very well be purposeful plants from the Obama administration.
Bolton, who’s being considered for a deputy secretary of state role for Trump’s administration, made the remarks in an interview with Eric Shawn of Fox News, while discussing the largely Democratic accusations of Russian interference in the presidential elections.
He spoke of the reported CIA’s discovery of Russian-tied hacks to computer systems used by both Democratic National Committee members and Republican National Committee officials, and wondered aloud about the FBI’s failure to find similar interference from foreign intelligence agencies into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, set up in her New York home.
From the Washington Post:
“The Washington Post reported Friday that U.S. intelligence agencies concluded Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential race to help Donald Trump win. The CIA shared a secret assessment with key senators during a recent closed-door briefing, telling lawmakers that individuals connected to the Russian government had provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the DNC and others to boost Trump and undermine Clinton, The Post reported. President Obama has ordered a ‘full review’ of suspected Russian hacking during the campaign, and a bipartisan group of senators has called for a probe of the allegations.”
But Bolton cast doubt on those findings. He said, during the interview on Fox:
“It’s not at all clear to me just viewing this from the outside that this hacking into the DNC and the RNC computers was not a false flag operation … The question that has to be asked is, why did the Russians run their smart intelligence service against Hillary’s server but their dumb intelligence services against the election?”
A “false flag” is the term used to describe a purposeful and secret government action to advance a goal by casting blame on another source.
From the Washington Post once again:
“During his Fox News appearance, Bolton said there should be ‘very grave consequences’ if further investigation showed that Russia did try to influence the presidential election, but he questioned whether a sophisticated foreign intelligence service would leave ‘cyber fingerprints’ after hacking.
“Shawn asked whether Bolton was accusing the administration or the intelligence community of ‘trying to throw something.’
“‘We just don’t know,’ Bolton replied. ‘But I believe that intelligence has been politicized in the Obama administration to a very significant degree.’
“Shawn pressed him: ‘But would the intelligence officials politicize this — to go so far to something that could potentially damage the very issue of our republic and what we for 200-plus years have stood for?’”
And Bolton’s response?
Again, the Post:
“‘I think the whole thing is called into question, which is why the notion of some kind of independent investigation becomes extremely important,’ Bolton said. ‘I do think it’s critical to answer the question I posed: If you think the Russians did this, then why did they leave fingerprints?’ …”
Another good point.
He went on:
“‘We would want to know who else might want to influence the election and why they would leave fingerprints that point to the Russians. That’s why I say, until we know more about how the intelligence community came to this conclusion, we don’t know whether it’s Russian inspired or a false flag.’”