The Corner

No, John Bolton Didn’t Accuse the Obama Administration of Conducting the DNC Hack

The press is piling on John Bolton’s Fox interview yesterday discussing the DNC hack. Bolton was tough on Russia, saying it should face grave consequences if it’s guilty, and said the matter deserves a serious independent investigation. But he also raised the possibility that this was a false flag operation, i.e., another foreign power could be responsible. This is being reported as Bolton alleging that the Obama administration itself could be responsible for the hack, which he didn’t say and obviously didn’t mean. He did note how the administration has distorted intelligence — which is a matter of public record — and we should have a public airing of the facts of this case. The outrage over the interview is driven by misleading headlines and a gross distortion of what he said.

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