WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Tuesday started a theory or rumor about the DNC (Democratic National Committee) staff member who was shot dead in the streets of Washington last month was killed because the DNC staffer was an informant.
Australian cyber activist raised the unresolved killing of Seth Rich, 27, that happened earlier this summer, in order to show risks being a source for WikiLeaks.
Assange would not confirm that Rich was a source for WikiLeaks but WikiLeaks released almost 20,000 emails from DNC employees that deepened the tension between Bernie Sanders supporters and Democratic establishment. The release was time to be on the day before the party’s convention in Philadelphia. The emails did led to the resignation of some DNC leaders, as well as Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Assange also seemed to be interested in hinting at an even darker theory.
“Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material, and often very significant risks. This 27-year-old, worked for the DNC, and was shot in the back, murdered only a few weeks ago for reasons unknown when he was walking down the street in Washington.”
Assange wants people to know how high or the stakes in the United States. Assange said, “….our sources face severe risks. That’s why they come to us, so we can protect their anonymity.”
Washington D.C. police has not given a motive for the killing but supposedly told the family of the victim that he likely died during a robbery attempt that turned tragic. The father of Rich told Omaha CBS-affiliate KMTV that he did not accept that was a robbery because nothing was taken: his money, watch, phone, and credit cards were still on him.
The WikiLeaks founder said others have advised that Rich was killed for political reasons and that is why Assange’s organization is investigating the shooting.
WikiLeaks has fanned the conspiracy flames by offering a $20,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the conviction of the person who killed Rich.
Rich, who worked in voter outreach for the DNC, was shot just after 4 a.m. on July 10 a block from his home in the Bloomingdale neighborhood oho a claim that Rich was killed to stop him from meeting with the FBI to discuss plans to testifying against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The D.C. Police Department presently is offers a reward of up to $25,000 for anyone who can offer information that leading to the conviction of anyone for any murder in Washington.