Former UN ambassador and potential Trump pick for Secretary of State has suggested several times this week on Fox News that the attempt to blame Russia for hacking American electoral institutions might be a "false flag" attempt by someone else to pin the blame on Russia.
“It is not at all clear to me, just viewing this from the outside, that this hacking into the DNC and the RNC was not a false-flag operation," he told 'America's News HQ' host Eric Shawn on Sunday afternoon. "We just don’t know."
"I believe that intelligence has been politicized in the Obama administration to a very significant degree," he added, casting suspicion that the Obama administration could be responsible.
JONH BOLTON: We have to know the facts here. It is not at all clear to me, just viewing this from the outside, that this hacking into the DNC and RNC computers was not a flase flag operation.
Just remember what FBI director James Comey said dealing with Hillary's home brew server. He said, 'we found no direct evidence of foreign intelligence service penetration, but given the nature of this, we didn't expect to.'
Meaning a really sophisticated foreign intelligence service would not leave any cyber fingerprints. And yet people say they did leave cyber fingerprints in the hacks regarding our election.
So 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 service against the elections...
I believe that intelligence has been politicized in the Obama administration to a very significant degree...
I think it is critical to answer the question I posed: If you think the Russians did this, then why did they leave fingerprints?
Bolton explained his suggestion again on Monday morning's edition of 'Fox & Friends.'
JOHN BOLTON: I think it’s at least a question to be asked, whether or not this was a false-flag operation with some foreign government other than Russia.