WITH OFFER TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE FOR RUSSIA INVESTIGATION
by Sharon Rondeau
Dotcom made the announcement through his Twitter account at approximately 10:57 p.m. EDT.
“This letter is the prudent process to follow. I need to protect my family and myself. I’ll keep you posted about the developments.
#SethRich,” he tweeted, referencing the 27-year-old DNC employee who was murdered last July on a street near his Washington, DC home.
The crime has not been solved, and for the past two weeks, additional information released by former DC Metro Police Department Detective Rod Wheeler has led many to suspect that Rich’s murder did not result from a “botched robbery,” as the mainstream media has purported.
Dotcom first came forward on May 19 on Twitter to say that he possesses verifiable evidence that he “knows” that Rich was a source for WikiLeaks.
Without saying his name, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has strongly suggested that Rich was a source for his organization, which began releasing incriminating DNC emails on July 22 last year, just ten days after Rich lost his life.
With Wheeler’s contentions came a media pushback aimed at anyone investigating the possibility that Rich had provided the DNC emails to WikiLeaks, contradicting the narrative that “the Russians” hacked the DNC servers.
The emails published by WikiLeaks showed that party leaders had conspired to assure Hillary Clinton the Democrat Party presidential nomination, regardless of the will of primary voters, and led to the resignation of three officials as well as then-Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Longtime Democrat operative Donna Brazile, who assumed the chairmanship temporarily but was found to have supplied question topics to Clinton in advance of townhall meetings, was said by Wheeler to have inquired of the DC Metro PD as to why he was “snooping around” into the circumstances surrounding Rich’s death.
The letter’s subject is “INVESTIGATION INTO INTERFERENCE WITH THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND RELATED MATTERS” and begins:
1. We act for Kim Dotcom in New Zealand.
2. We are writing to you in your capacity as special counsel appointed to carry out the above investigation pursuant to Order 3915-2017 (Investigation).
3. Mr Dotcom has evidence that he considers relevant to the Investigation. The purpose of this letter is to confirm that, subject to appropriate arrangements being made and his constitutional rights being preserved, Mr Dotcom is willing to provide this evidence to the Investigation. He has instructed us to make this approach to initiate the necessary dialogue as to the required arrangements.
The communication explains that Dotcom is presently resisting an extradition request from the U.S. Department of Justice stemming from a 2012 allegation of copyright infringement and other charges as a result of his co-founding of Megaupload, a cloud-storage service, in 2005.
The massive and popular website was shut down by the FBI in January 2012. Dotcom’s New Zealand home was raided, and he was placed under house arrest along with three co-defendants.
He has fought extradition since that time and maintained his innocence.
In August, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Dotcom’s assets could be seized by the U.S. government. Last month, after the Fourth Circuit refused an en banc hearing, Dotcom appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the ruling, which would return to him a reported $75 million.
Dotcom has offered a “white paper” about the case on his website which posits that the U.S. Justice Department has no jurisdiction over Dotcom in New Zealand, among other claims.
In September 2015, Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig opined as to the DOJ’s actions that “Filings of the DOJ attempt to create a false impression of criminal guilt and are not reliable.”