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Published On: Wed, Aug 10th, 2016

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange suggests DNC whistleblower was murdered Seth Rich

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange suggested that the Democratic National Committee staffer shot dead last month in Washington, DC, was killed because he was a “source” raising more questions. Seth Rich was shot and killed outside of his apartment, a death his family says is suspicious.

“Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks. As a 27-year-old, works for the DNC, was shot in the back, murdered just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington,” Assange told Dutch TV, referring to Rich and his July 10 death outside of his apartment in Bloomingdale.

Seth Rich

Seth Rich

The interviewer followed up by asking, “That was just a robbery, I believe. Wasn’t it?”

The WikiLeaks founder replied, “No, there’s no finding … I’m suggesting that our sources take risks.”

WikiLeaks released stolen emails from top-level staffers at the Democratic National Committee revealing that they manipulated the Democratic Primary to favor Hillary Clinton and hinder the campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Assange refused to confirm Rich was a source.

“Why make the suggestion about a young guy being shot in the streets of Washington?” the interviewer asked.

“Because we have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States,” the WikiLeaks founder replied. “Our sources face serious risks. That’s why they come to us. So we can protect their anonymity.”

Metropolitan Police Department officials have not yet established a motive in Rich’s death.

Joel Rich, Seth’s father, ruled out robbery in an interview with local affiliate KMTV.

“If it was a robbery, it failed, because he still had his watch, he still had his money, he still had his credit cards, still had his phone, so it was a wasted effort except we lost a life.”

Rich was born and raised in Omaha and worked for the Democratic National Committee in D.C.

Joel Rich says his son was talking to his girlfriend on the phone outside when the incident happened.

“Asked him if he was home yet and he said just about, and then she heard some noise, he said he had to call her back-I don’t know when that conversation ended but at 4:18 two shots were fired,” said Rich.

 

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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