The recipient of leaked DNC emails last summer which proved painfully embarrassing to the Clinton campaign has once again suggested that murdered DNC data guru Seth Rich was the source of the leaks. While abiding by its firm policy of never divulging its sources for the sensitive documents it publishes, which tend to put the government and the powerful in a negative light, Wikileaks nevertheless again suggested, in a veiled manner, that the 27-year-old Democratic National Committee technology expert was the person who gave the documents to Wikileaks.
Rich was murdered in Washington DC on July 10, 2016, weeks before the Democratic Convention, in what police called a botched robbery. However, many people have puzzled over the circumstances, noting that nothing was taken from Rich, who was found with his wallet, money, phone, and watch. In addition, Rich was shot multiple times in the back in a manner reminiscent of an execution.
Soon after the murder, Wikileaks took the unprecedented step of putting up a $20,000 reward for information leading to Rich's killer or killers, which Wikileaks knew would be interpreted as a way of saying Rich had a relationship with Wikileaks. The founder and editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, stressed in an interview that he could not openly identify a source. While dancing around the question, the reward all but confirmed Rich as a source for the DNC emails.
In a tweet last week, Assange and Wikileaks circulated a message they had received from actress and supporter Robbin Young, in which Young shared an exchange between herself and the famed hacker Guccifer 2.0, who claims credit for last summer's DNC leaks. The exchange partly reads:
"I'm eager to find fact about Seth. I'm sure it wasn't just a robbery." Guccifer writes: "His name is Seth. He was my whistleblower."
Wikileaks releases the exchange with the comment:
"Direct Messages from U.S. alleged Russian spy @GUCCIFER_2 to actress-model @robbin_young (according to the latter) http://g-2.space/sr/dms.html"
Direct Messages are feature of Twitter in which one party communicates privately with another. Young maintains that she has brought the information to police but they "don't care."
Both the Russian government and Assange have strenuously denied that Russia was the source of the DNC emails published by Wikileaks, as is now being reported in the mainstream media, based on possibly politicized US intelligence . Assange, bound by an oath never to comment on his sources, nevertheless must approve any Twitter message emanating from Wikileaks, as the organization's founder and editor-in-chief.
It is inconceivable that Assange did not know that the release of the exchange on the official Wikileaks Twitter account would be viewed as an endorsement of the main thrust of its contents. Assange tightly controls who can speak officially for Wikileaks, and is thought to run the official Wikileaks Twitter account himself.
The Wikileaks philosophy is based on its view of itself as an "information activist" organization, dedicated to the proposition that shining light into dark corners of government is healthy for democracy.
As reported by Wikileaks, the reward for information leading to Rich's killers now stands at $145,000. after a GOP lobbyist pledged an additional $100,000.
Guccifer 2.0 also made news when he published the private cell number of Christine Turner, Director at the White House National Security Council for Obama.
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