Trump favorite for State Dept. John Bolton tries to shift 2016 hacking blame from Russia to Obama
Neocon John Bolton on Fox News says Russian hacks could have been 'false flag' (Screen capture)

Neocon and notoriously easily provoked hothead John Bolton -- who is rumored to be President-elect Donald Trump's nominee of Deputy Secretary of State -- said on Sunday that there is no proof that malicious hacks on the email servers of the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee were not carried out as a "false flag" operation by the agencies loyal to Pres. Barack Obama. reported that Bolton told Fox News' Eric Shawn, “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."

"We just don't know," he said.

A "false flag" attack is when a government or armed group attack their allies or stage a phony attack in order to stir up aggression against an enemy.

Bolton -- who Pres. George W. Bush appointed as ambassador to the United Nations in a 2005 recess appointment after Congress refused to confirm him -- professed to believe that Russia is being unfairly maligned as part of a master plan by Democrats.

“But I believe that intelligence has been politicized in the Obama administration to a very significant degree," said one of the men instrumental in selling the invasion of Iraq to the world in 2003.

Bolton went on to say that he questions how spies as adept as the Russians got caught at all -- that whatever clues U.S. intelligence agencies have based their assessments on may have been left behind intentionally.

"(I)f you think the Russians did this, then why did they leave fingerprints?” he asked on Fox.

“We would want to know who else might want to influence the election and why they would leave fingerprints that point to the Russians," he said. "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."

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