The hacker who allegedly breached the Democratic National Committee (DNC) email accounts and reportedly fed that information to WikiLeaks actually relied on a whistleblower named “Seth,” according to newly unearthed Twitter direct messages between the hacker and an actress.
The name of the alleged source matches the name of Seth Rich, a DNC staffer found murdered near the Howard University hospital early one July morning last year. Rich’s murder remains unsolved, and his corpse had not been robbed, leading to rampant theories online that he was killed to protect the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Guccifer 2.0 has long been the subject of scrutiny on Capitol Hill after he took credit for obtaining the DNC emails that ended up in the possession of WikiLeaks, showing the Democratic Party actively colluding against Bernie Sanders and handing the nomination to Hillary Clinton against the will of the voters. The leaks spelled the downfall of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and haunted the Hillary Clinton campaign throughout the rest of the election.
WikiLeaks has put forward new texts between Guccifer and actress Robbin Young, which were provided by Young, showing that Guccifer identified “Seth” as the “whistleblower” behind the DNC leaks. The texts were largely first noticed on the Internet Saturday, amid news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is prepared to press further charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 8, 2017
“his name is seth, he was my whistleblower” Guccifer 2.0 says in the text exchange. “i suppose u know who i’m talking about.”
Young replied that “Seth’s” death was “horrifying” and stated her belief — shared by many on the Internet though still unproven — that the Clintons were responsible for killing him.
Despite Assange’s contributions to President Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in November, Trump said Saturday that he would not object to any Jeff Sessions prosecution of Assange, marking yet another deviation for the president from the point of view that he campaigned on.