Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton offered up a theory on Russia’s reported hack of the Democratic National Committee.
Bolton, who was reportedly one of President-elect Donald Trump‘s top picks for Secretary of State, initially said there should be “grave consequences” if Russia did interfere with the election, as the CIA concluded in a Washington Post report last week.
— Eric Shawn (@EricShawnTV) December 11, 2016
But he questioned the facts, in an appearance on Fox News, and raised a question about President Obama’s role in what could be a “false flag” against Russia.
“It is 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,” he told Fox News host Eric Shawn on Sunday.
Shawn pressed Bolton about his use of the term “false flag,” calling it a “very serious charge,” and asked if he was accusing someone in the administration of fabricating the whole thing.
“We just don’t know,” Bolton responded. “But I believe that intelligence has been politicized in the Obama administration to a very significant degree.”
John Bolton suggests DNC hack was potentially a false flag operation by the Obama administration pic.twitter.com/3rHLwHawR8
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) December 12, 2016
He questioned why Russians would “leave fingerprints” when hacking the DNC but leave no evidence when reportedly hacking Hillary Clinton’s email server.
“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 is Russian inspired or a false flag,” he said.
On Sunday, Trump dismissed the idea of Russian interference in the election to help him win the presidency, calling it “ridiculous.”
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