WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Discusses Seth Rich, Sources & the DNC
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WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Discusses Seth Rich, Sources & the DNC

Seth Rich, DNC

DNC staffer, Seth Rich, in his DNC profile picture. (LinkedIn/Seth Rich)

WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange gave an interview to Dutch television in which he discussed the Seth Rich murder case in Washington D.C. and would not confirm or deny whether Rich was a WikiLeaks’ source.

However, WikiLeaks, as a matter of practice, does not confirm or deny its sources. The comments made by Assange – coming shortly before WikiLeaks announced a $20,000 reward in the Rich case – are drawing new attention to the homicide of the young DNC analyst.

Rich, a data analyst with the Democratic National Committee, was gunned down in an unsolved murder case in early July. U.S. officials and some data experts have said Russian intelligence might be behind the hack. A hacktivist named “Guccifer 2.0” has also claimed responsibility for the DNC hack.

Some are interpreting the interview Assange gave with NOS, a major public broadcast company in the Netherlands, as admitting that Rich was a WikiLeaks’ source. However, what Assange actually said is more nuanced and open to interpretation. Shortly after the interview, WikiLeaks announced that it was offering a $20,000 for information leading to a conviction in the Rich case.

Rich’s family, through a spokesman, released a statement after Assange’s remarks and the reward and asked the public to stop spreading “unproven” and “harmful” theories about Rich’s death, said Business Insider. The statement also asked people to stop politicizing the tragedy.

Fox News has now retracted a story on Rich and WikiLeaks story, writing:

“On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed.
We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted.”

Julian Assange

A screenshot of Julian Assange speaking to NOS.

What did Assange really say? You can see the videotaped interview, which was conducted in English on Aug. 8, here (the Rich comments are in the second video posted with the story):

This is a full transcript of that portion of the interview:

Assange: “Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material, often very significant risks. There’s a 27-year-old that works for the DNC who was shot in the back, murdered, just two weeks ago, for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington. So…”

Anchor: “That was just a robbery, I believe, wasn’t it?”

Assange: “No, there’s no finding. So, ah – “

Anchor: “What are you suggesting? What are you suggesting?”

Assange: “I am suggesting that our sources, ah, take risks and they, they become concerned to see things occurring like that.”

Anchor: “But was he one of your sources then, I mean?”

Assange: “We don’t comment on who our sources are.”

Anchor: “But why make the suggestion about a young guy being shot in the streets of Washington?”

Assange: “Because we have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States. Our sources, ah, our sources face serious risks, that’s why they come to us so we can protect, ah, their anonymity.”

Anchor: “But it’s quite something to suggest a murder. That’s basically what you are doing.”

Assange: “Well, others have suggested that. We investigated to understand what happened in that situation, with Seth Rich. I think it is a concerning situation. There is not a conclusion yet. We wouldn’t be willing to say a conclusion yet, but we are concerned about it. More importantly, a variety of WikiLeaks sources are concerned when that kind of thing happens.”

WikiLeaks later put out a statement clarifying its position on Rich:

The reward from WikiLeaks was on top of a previous reward already announced in the Rich case:

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manigordo

this is precisely why nobody tries to really defy the queen of the status quo & co, sadly…

manigordo

he obv was assange’s informant too, because nobody offers a 20k reward on info over someone that has not been covertly murderer as part of your agenda; even when he doesn’t admit it explicitly. but the main point is that rich’s sacrifice was in the end for nothing. the crooked police ‘investigates’ forever, only to eventually bury the case as it is. he barely got the leftmedia to cover the scandal, and when it was, ppl diz it as non significant. no-one really cared enough about it to see pass the system’s official explanation given. although it obv had to do with the way it was portrayed also. in any case, independent voters weren’t swayed en masse, and obv hardcore hellary supporters remain undeterred. and to make matters worse, donald trump is constantly being shown as the worse alt over fabricated menial stuff. so unless she’s proven directly guilty of a serious crime, they’ll never believe her farce. she lit&fig gets away with this murder, and the ones of shawn lucas, victor thorn, john ashe, etc, etc, etc. i mean, how many more ppl have to die for ppl to finally get it…

youtube.com/watch?v=r7e6gLht6OQ

Michael Merrick

Why would an otherwise healthy 38 year old man suddenly drop dead in his Bathroom ? A man who is trying to expose corruption in the Democratic Party? This, combined with the Seth Richard murder, is very troubling

Anon

Stop with the “conspiracy theorist ” nonsense. Some people are open to all possibilities and are willing to ask the questions that investigative journalists ought to be asking.

manigordo

then how about a nice cup of good ol’speculative theory…

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