“IT WASN’T THE RUSSIANS”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 8, 2017) — On Saturday afternoon, the open-government organization Wikileaks tweeted that a deceased DNC staffer was responsible for uncovering “lies and corruption” associated with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in the form of providing thousands of emails which WikiLeaks published in the last month before the 2016 election.
As reported in The New York Times on October 7, 2016, the U.S. intelligence community, in the person of then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said it had determined that the Russian government was the hacker of the DNC servers which yielded tens of thousands of emails published by WikiLeaks.
On July 22, 2016, WikiLeaks released emails exchanged by DNC officers and chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz showing clear favoritism of Hillary Clinton over rival Bernie Sanders during the Democrat primaries despite the DNC’s pledge of neutrality.
As a result, Wasserman Schultz was forced to relinquish her position just before the Democrat National Convention the following week.
WikiLeaks’ DNC release was followed by “The Podesta Emails,” published in daily batches between October 7 and Election Day demonstrating coordination between the Clinton campaign and members of the mainstream media; unfavorable characterizations of groups of people; the provision of townhall topics to Clinton in advance; and possible connections between some Clinton staffers and an occultist.
The New York Times further reported of the intelligence community’s assessment:
On Saturday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange went further by tweeting that 27-year-old Seth Rich, who was inexplicably murdered in Washington, DC last July, was the source of the leaked emails his organization obtained and published.
Clinton herself has blamed “U.S. election hacks directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin” as being a factor in her loss to Donald Trump on November 8.
Also in Wikileaks’ Twitter timeline on Saturday are several tweets from a woman named Robbin Young, who reportedly was told by online self-identified hacker “Guccifer 2.0” that he was not responsible for breaching the DNC server, as many have believed and he himself claimed on his website last June. Guccifer said that rather, “seth” acted as his “whistleblower.”
Guccifer 2.0 claims no connection with the Russian government. He does, however, claim to have “hacked the Clinton Foundation server and downloaded hundreds of thousands of docs and donors’ databases.”
He does not claim to have recovered emails from the DNC server.
In late March, Young released the DMs (direct messages) she said she exchanged with Guccifer 2.0 which revealed Guccifer’s claim about Rich.
In response to WikiLeaks, Young said that she approached law enforcement about Rich’s murder but that “no one cared.”
Seth C. Rich was murdered in Washington, DC on July 10, 2016. Among the theories The Washington Post enumerated in a January 18, 2017 article on the subject as “allegations getting more and more far-fetched” are:
Seth was ordered killed by Hillary Clinton because he knew something about her email scandal.
Seth was killed by Russians posing as FBI agents investigating the Clintons.
Seth was killed because he slipped DNC emails to WikiLeaks.
The Post’s story quoted Assange as having not only offered an initial $20,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of Rich’s murderer(s), but also as having said, “Our whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often [face] very significant risks. A 27-year-old that works for the DNC was shot in the back, murdered just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons, as he was walking down the street in Washington, D.C.”
The Post continued its article with:
Assange wasn’t the only one spinning dark theories. Roger Stone, the Donald Trump confidant and self-proclaimed Nixon-era dirty trickster, took to Twitter to suggest Rich and three other men might have been murdered at the behest of Clinton.
The Washington Post is known as a left-leaning organization with rumored ties to the CIA.
Guccifer 2.0 maintains a photo of Rich dressed in red, white and blue holding an American flag on his website with the caption, “Seth Rich: America First Martyr.”
Assange claims a 100% accuracy rate in the authenticity of the documents he has released since he founded WikiLeaks in 2007.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.