Assange Uses Seth Rich Hashtag, Says WikiLeaks Won’t Disclose a Source — But Other Parties May
Amid claims by Kim Dotcom that Seth Rich was the source of the emails from the Democratic National Committee which were published by WikiLeaks, Assange has tweeted that they won’t identify their sources — but sometimes those sources reveal themselves to other people. He also used the hashtag #SethRich.
WikiLeaks has never disclosed a source. Sources sometimes talk to other parties but identities never emerge from WikiLeaks. #SethRich
— Defend Assange Campaign (@DefendAssange) May 22, 2017
Dotcom has claimed in recent days that he knows Rich was the source because they were in contact.
I knew Seth Rich. I know he was the @Wikileaks source. I was involved. https://t.co/MbGQteHhZM
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) May 20, 2017
As we previously reported, on Friday, the Megaupload founder and friend of Julian Assange offered to provide Congress with written testimony and proof that the murdered Democratic National Committee staffer was WikiLeaks’ source — if they will include his murder in their Russia investigation.
Much like WikiLeaks, Dotcom himself has quite an impressive record of providing accurate information.
Credibility test! #SethRich pic.twitter.com/mp5bHnKXwy
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) May 21, 2017
Though Assange has infamously expressed interest in Rich, he has always maintained that WikiLeaks will never name a source. To this day, he continues to refer to Chelsea Manning as an “alleged source.”
During an interview with Dutch TV in August, approximately a month after the murder, Assange brought Rich up during an interview while speaking of the risks that WikiLeaks sources take.
“Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often significant risks. There was a 27-year old that works for the DNC who was shot in the back… murdered.. for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington,” Assange said.
At this point the host interjected saying, “that was just a robbery, wasn’t it?”
“No there was no finding,” Assange responded.
When asked what he was suggesting, Assange said, “I am suggesting that our sources take risks and they become concerned to see things occurring like that.”
“But why make the suggestion?” the interviewer asks.
“Because we have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States and that our sources face serious risks… that’s why they come to us so we can protect their anonymity,” Assange asserted.
The organization also offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of his killer.
Rich was shot in the back during the early morning hours of July 10, 2016, near his home while he was on the phone with his girlfriend. The police initially ruled that it was a botched robbery — but his wallet, watch, phone and necklace were still on his person when he was discovered by police.
WikiLeaks has also retweeted articles which claimed that Rich was the source, without providing additional comment.
Dotcom has stated that he will provide a statement with more information on Tuesday, after he has had a chance to speak to his lawyers. If he is correct, the entire Russian meddling and collusion narrative will crumble faster than Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign.