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.
TheHill.com 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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Japan wants to dump Fukushima radioactive water into ocean
Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.
"It is not true that we have decided on the disposal method," Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's comments earlier in the day.
The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is storing more than one million tonnes of contaminated water in tanks at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Plant that was wrecked by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
Here’s one big reason why Trump is having a white-hot meltdown over the Fed not dropping interest rates
President Donald Trump has a personal conflict-of-interest that may be impacting his decisions in his public feud with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.
"President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts," The Washington Post reported Saturday.
Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’
On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.
"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."
The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.
Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE