I stumbled upon a reference from James Cameron stating that Skynet has felt guilty for 30 years with regards to the near extinction of human life. He even suggests that Skynet has used time travel in order to setup events so that humanity would win. He even compares John Connor to a Messiah type figure, created intentionally by the machines.
Is there any evidence (in canon) to support this? Additionally, did Cameron ever suggest this back when the first two films were released? I am ideally looking for a direct reference on screen either stating an aspect of this idea, or at least suggesting this. Such as Skynet making a less than optimal decision. I am also interested in James Cameron stating something to a similar effect during the 80's/90's.
Cameron's statement feels like he is going back over his work and trying to add a new layer to previous work. Personally, I can't remember anything whatsoever in the films to even remotely suggest such a concept. Is there any evidence from this era to back up his quote?
Source: James Cameron Interviews by James Cameron (Page 100). Available on Google Books.