It’s hard to overstate the amount of caution we should all display with this story, but it’s too newsworthy to ignore.
It starts with this interview with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange where he brings up murdered DNC staffer, Seth Rich, unprompted.
Here’s the juicy part:
ASSANGE: Our whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks. There’s a 27 year old that works for the DNC, he was shot in the back. Murdered, uh just a few weeks ago, uh, for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington. So…
INTERVIEWER: That was, that was just a robbery I believe. Wasn’t it?
ASSANGE: No. There’s no finding. So…
INTERVIEWER: What are you suggesting? What are you suggesting?
ASSANGE: I’m suggesting our sources take risks and they uh, become concerned, uh to see things occurring, like that.
INTERVIEWER: Was he one of your sources then? I mean…
ASSANGE: We don’t comment on who our sources are.
INTERVIEWER: Then 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. And our sources are … you know… our sources face serious risks. That’s why they come to us, so we can protect their anonymity.
Then comes the news that Wikileaks is offering a $25,000 reward for any information leading to the capture of Rich’s murderer.
WikiLeaks Offers $20K Reward for Information in Murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich https://t.co/c0YARaemzL
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 9, 2016
Couple this with Heat Street’s article showing a direct connection between the Clinton’s and Rich, and you have yourself the makings of a serious conspiracy that brings the name Vince Foster to a lot of people’s minds.
Let’s keep in mind a few things. Namely, that Wikileaks would obviously have a vested interest in fueling conspiracy theories. That Assange himself denies knowing who the DNC source was for the email leak which most accounts refer to as a “hack” anyway. And that getting murdered in the streets of Washington, while obviously tragic, is hardly an unusual affair.
The story is worth keeping an eye on for one reason alone, which is that regardless of if the truth ever comes out, the mere appearance of a credible conspiracy theory could be a game changer in an election currently swinging heavily towards Mrs. Clinton.
We’ll keep you updated as more comes out.