The administration of US President Barack Obama may have carried out a series of deliberate hacking ‘false flags’ against some American political organizations to make a case against Russia, says former US ambassador to United Nations John Bolton.
In the run-up to the November 8 face-off between President-elect Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Washington claimed that some Republican and Democratic organizations were hacked by Russian hackers in favor of Trump.
This is while at the same time, the FBI said it could not find any direct evidence of foreign intelligence service penetration in Clinton’s email case.
When asked about the contrast, Bolton told Fox News on Sunday that if Moscow was behind the cyber attacks American intelligence services would not have been able to track them so easily.
“It is not at all clear to me just viewing this from the outside, that this hacking into the DNC (Democratic National Convention) and the RNC (Republican National Convention) computers was not a false flag,” Bolton said. “So the question has to be asked, why did the Russians run their smart intelligence service against Hillary's server, but their dumb intelligence service against the election?”
When pressed to say whether he was accusing the Obama administration for the “false flag,” Bolton said nothing would be clear unless an independent probe is conducted.
“The whole thing has been 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 that I posed: If you think the Russians did this, then why did they leave fingerprints?”
Obama has ordered CIA to carry out a full review of the alleged hackings by Russians into the 2016 vote.
Bolton, who is shortlisted for a number of high-profile positions in the Trump administration, criticized Obama for politicizing the issue and said he was concerned that the outgoing president was trying to conclude the ongoing review of the matter before Trump’s inauguration on January 20.
Bolton said he was looking forward to see Mike Pompeo, Trump’s nominee for director of the CIA, launch a fair investigation into the case.