According to former U.S. ambassador John Bolton, there is something wrong with the intelligence Americans are getting about Russian interference in the 2016 election. In an interview with Fox News, Bolton, proposed to be Donald Trump’s top deputy at the State Department, said that it was strange that our intelligence agencies were so confident in blaming Russia for the hacks that targeted the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta. Especially when they couldn’t find any evidence of foreign hacking fingerprints on Hillary Clinton’s private server.
“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,” 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?”
The host asked Bolton if he was specifically accusing someone in the Obama administration of faking evidence regarding Russian interference; Bolton said it wasn’t as crazy as you might think.
“We just don’t know,” Bolton said. “But I believe that the intelligence community has been politicized in the Obama administration to a very significant degree.”
Actually, long before the Obama administration, as Bolton himself well knows. But yes, if anything, it’s gotten even worse under Obama. The president himself is still blaming the intelligence community for failing to bring him up to speed on ISIS, even though he was briefed on the terrorists group for more than a year before they started establishing a territorial caliphate. That tends to drum up resentment and create factions. You can then use the factions closest to your ideology for a little help here and there. Like when you, oh say, want to delegitimize the man who once questioned your citizenship.
Bolton said the situation smelled funny and further review was needed.
“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?”
Despite his skepticism, Bolton said that if an independent review proved that the Russians were responsible for the hacks, it would be incumbent on the U.S. to respond in kind.
“It is unacceptable for the American Constitution to be assaulted by foreigners in that way,” he said. “So it is absolutely critical as well that we get the facts right on this, and I don’t think we have anywhere enough in the public domain to know what the facts are.”