Outgoing US President Barack Obama could have "committed" the cyber hacks that rocked the country ahead of the recently concluded presidential election, John Bolton, a former Bush administration official, has alleged.
Outgoing US President Barack Obama could have “committed” the cyber hacks that rocked the country ahead of the recently concluded presidential election, John Bolton, a former Bush administration official and the US ambassador to United Nations, has alleged.
During the Presidential campaign, email accounts of Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, were compromised by hackers. The Clinton camp had claimed the hacks were carried out by Russia. However, Donald Trump’s campaign team downplayed such allegations.
According to The Washington Post report on Friday, the US intelligence community concluded that Russia was behind the hacks to help Trump beat Clinton. On December 9, Obama ordered review to find out evidence of Russian interference in the presidential election.
Politico quoted Bolton as saying during an interview with Fox News that cyber hacks were “a false flag operation” which might have been carried out by the Obama administration,
To prove his claim, Bolton questioned as to why FBI director James Comey said no direct evidence of subversion by foreign intelligence service was found during the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server, but cyber fingerprints were discovered with regard to the presidential election.
If the claims of Russian involvement in the hacking incident were true, then, Bolton wondered as to why the Russians “used their smart intelligence service against Hillary’s server, but their dumb intelligence service against the election?”
Bolton also claimed that intelligence community was politicised to a “very significant degree” in the Obama administration. He alleged that the Obama administration would try to complete the probe by January 20 as after that the responsibility of review would go into the hands of Trump’s nominee for CIA director post, Mike Pompeo.
Bolton previously served as the US ambassador to the United Nations. Trump is reportedly considering to appoint him as the No.2 in US State Department. A hardliner, Bolton has urged the Trump administration to adopt a “tougher line” on China to check the latter’s military aggressiveness in South and East China seas.
Reuters reported Bolton as saying that the US should consider using a “diplomatic ladder of escalation”, that may start with receiving Taiwanese diplomats officially at the State Department and giving the latter full diplomatic recognition.
(With agency inputs)