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Bolton Denies He Blamed 'False Flags' on Obama Administration

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By    |   Monday, 12 Dec 2016 01:10 PM

Former Ambassador John Bolton, said to be in under consideration as a deputy secretary of state, denied reports Sunday he had blamed news of Russian hackers interfering with the presidential campaign as "false flags" planted by the Obama administration.

"There were reports on Fox yesterday that I thought the Obama administration had conducted the hack into the RNC," Bolton, the former United States ambassador to the United Nations, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "I never believed that. I don't believe it today."

What he does think is the Obama administration, for the past eight years, has politicized intelligence efforts.

Bolton pointed to the response to the Benghazi, Libya, attack, which was initially blamed on an anti-Mohammed video, rather than terrorism, and said it does bother him President Barack Obama is rushing to get a report out about the election before his administration ends.

However, Bolton said, it also bothers him the intelligence community "seemingly came to this conclusion so quickly and coincidentally, during the election campaign."

Bolton said to people outside the intelligence community, it is hard to know what the answers are, but it is possible the cyber-attacks were "a false flag operation with some foreign government other than Russia."

Such an operation, he said, occurs when a foreign intelligence service conducts an operation and leaves evidence pointing to someone else.

"The question is why would Russia leave fingerprints that it was trying to interfere in the election?" Bolton said. "I could see Russia easily trying to undermine trust and confidence in our political system generally among Americans, but for them to be so inexpert that the trail could rapidly be taken back to them is just hard to understand."

Bolton, whose name has come up as a potential secretary of state, is backed by many Republicans, but Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has strongly opposed the nod because Bolton, a member of ex-President George Bush's administration, defended the call for war in Iraq, and still stands behind that stance.

"Of course, I supported the Iraq war," Bolton said. "I put it out on the record. I've never hidden my views from anybody, and I absolutely don't back away from them."

But at the same time, he said, the State Department "needs a cultural revolution. It has developed an attitude over half a century or more that it conducts foreign policy independently of the president, particularly in Republican administrations."

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Former Ambassador John Bolton, said to be in under consideration as a deputy secretary of state, denied reports Sunday he had blamed news of Russian hackers interfering with the presidential campaign as "false flags" planted by the Obama administration.
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