Seth Rich WikiLeaks Claim: Julian Assange Comments on Rich

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has done little to douse conspiracy theories that slain DNC staffer Seth Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks or was a source for WikiLeaks.

ather, at several opportunities, Assange has subtly attempted to fuel them, although he has stopped short of confirming or denying the accounts (see a detailed transcript of exactly what Assange has said publicly about Rich toward the end of this article). In one television interview in August, Assange said, ““Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material, often very significant risks. There’s a 27-year-old that works for the DNC who was shot in the back, murdered, just two weeks ago, for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington.” That ordering led some to argue Assange was implying Rich was WikiLeaks’ source, although Assange has not confirmed that or shot it down.

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Seth Rich. (Facebook)

Skeptics might say that Rich conspiracy theories could distract from allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election by hacking DNC emails and leaking them to WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks denies being affiliated with Russia.

However, the “was Seth Rich WikiLeaks’ source” question in the DNC hack has gone into overdrive after a Fox News report that an anonymous federal investigator claims to have seen thousands of emails transferred by Rich to a now deceased journalist affiliated with WikiLeaks.

Fox News is now reporting through the anonymous source that “an FBI forensic report of Rich’s computer – generated within 96 hours after Rich’s murder – showed he made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.”

Rich was shot to death on a Washington D.C. city street in 2016 in a murder that remains unsolved. MacFadyen died of lung cancer on October 22. MacFadyen was perceived as being a journalist who’s friendly to WikiLeaks. He was the director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London, investigated whistleblowing claims, and helped raise money to pay for WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange’s legal expenses.

Fox News quoted its source as saying, “I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks.” Fox News claims that the federal investigator says “the emails are in possession of the FBI, while the stalled case is in the hands of the Washington Police Department.”

The federal investigator told Fox News that “44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between Democratic National Committee leaders, spanning from January 2015 through late May 2016, were transferred from Rich to MacFadyen before May 21” and noted that WikiLeaks started publishing DNC emails on July 22, 12 days after Rich was murdered.

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Seth Rich. (Seth Rich memorial page)

The Fox News report comes the day after a local Fox affiliate in Washington D.C. reported that Rod Wheeler, a private investigator working with Rich’s family, is claiming that evidence shows Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks before he was shot to death in 2016 on a Washington D.C. city street. Rich’s family has since released a statement, saying they have seen no such evidence and maintaining that Wheeler was not supposed to speak with the media without their permission.

Wheeler has stepped back from the Fox 5 account, now telling Fox News that he had no personal knowledge of whether Rich emailed WikiLeaks and said, “I don’t know for sure, I don’t know as a matter of fact if the emails went out to the Wikileaks or anybody else. But it sure appears that way.” He told Buzzfeed that the Fox 5 account was not accurate.

What has Assange himself said on the Rich matter? He retweeted the Fox 5 article with the Wheeler interview several hours after it aired:

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