Last month, in the midst of the Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks spoiled the Demonrat lovefest by releasing some 2,000 Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails that had been hacked by someone(s).
Those emails show the DNC to be thoroughly corrupt. Long before Hillary Clinton won the 2016 Democratic primary elections and became her party’s presumptive presidential nominee, the DNC had become her tool, colluding with journalists to shield her, and working the undermine her fellow Democrat opponent Bernie Sanders. (See “Hacked emails show Democratic National Committee to be corrupt arm of Hillary”)
At the time, we were told that the hacker may be Guccifer 2.0. But it turns out that the source of the emails was a recently-murdered DNC staffer named Seth Rich.
At about 4:19 a.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2016, 27 year-old Seth Conrad Rich was shot and killed in the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW in Washington, DC.
Below is the D.C. Metropolitan Police’s poster offering a reward for information about the murder.
The murder did not appear to be robbery-related because the killer(s) did not take Rich’s wallet, watch, and phone.
Reportedly, Rich did voter outreach for the DNC.
Shortly after the murder, Redditors and social media users pursued a lead that on the morning of his murder, Rich had planned to speak to the FBI about an “ongoing court case” possibly involving the Clinton family. However, Emily Zanotti of the libertarian news site HeatStreet claims that “Further ‘investigation’ dug up no such court case and there is no evidence whatsoever that Rich, who did voter outreach work for the DNC, had any knowledge of alleged Clinton misdeeds.”
Now, WikiLeaks‘ founder Julian Assange effectively admits Seth Rich was the source of the leaked DNC emails.
Tuesday, in an interview on Dutch television Nieuwsuur, referring to Seth Rich, Assange said:
“Whistleblowers have going to significant efforts to get us [WikiLeaks] material and often very significant risks, as a 27-year-old that works for the DNC was shot in the back, murdered, just two weeks ago, for unknown reasons, as he was walking down the street in Washington.”
Asked by his interviewer if Rich’s murder was a robbery, Assange says “No” and that “Our sources take risks and they become concerned to see things occurring like that.”
The interviewer then asks if Rich was one of WikiLeaks‘ sources, Assange nods his head (0:39 mark) and says:
“We don’t comment on who our sources are…. We have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States, and that our sources face serious risks. That’s why they come to us, so we can protect their anonymity…. We are investigating, to understand what happened in that situation with Seth Rich. I think it is a concerning situation. There’s not a conclusion yet . . . but we are concerned about it. More importantly, a variety of WikiLeaks sources are concerned when that kind of thing happens.”