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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange offers reward for murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich

August 11, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange offers reward for murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has offered a reward of $20,000 for any information linked to the killing of Seth Rich, a DNC staffer, the Washington Post is reporting.

On the same day, the anti-secrecy group posted its message on Twitter, Assange appeared on a Dutch TV show to make the controversial assumption that the 27-year-old was affiliated with WikiLeaks.

Rich, who worked as a DNC employee in voter outreach, was shot multiple times near his Washington, D.C. home back on July 10th. Following his murder, raging Reddit users discussed conspiracy theories detailing that Rich was in trouble with the FBI and implying that he was the source of the extensive email leak just before the DNC convention. However, police have denied any association.

In an interview on Tuesday, Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Chief Peter Newsham stated: “At this time, we don’t have any information to suggest that the case is in any way connected with his work at the DNC.”

Nonetheless, Assange’s claims on the Dutch TV show suggested a different perspective on the incident.

“Whistleblowers often take very significant efforts to bring us material and often at very significant risks,” Assange said.

He continued, “There’s a 27-year-old who works for the DNC who was shot in the back, murdered, just a few weeks ago, for unknown reasons as he was walking down the streets in Washington.”

The host of the show, Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal, immediately took issue with Assange’s version of events.

He asked, “That was just a robbery I believe, wasn’t it?” To which Assange responded, “No, there’s no finding.”

The host then asked, “What are you suggesting?” Assange then replied, “I’m suggesting that our sources take risks, and they become concerned to see things occurring like that.”

Earlier, Assange implied that he was unaware of the leaker’s identity, stating: “We never reveal our sources, obviously. That’s what we pride ourselves on. And we won’t in this case, either. But no one knows who our source is.”

He added, “It’s simply speculation. It’s, I think, interesting and acceptable to speculate who our sources are. But if we’re talking about the DNC, there’s lots of consultants that have access, lots of programmers.”

The day before the DNC was scheduled to begin, WikiLeaks published approximately 20,000 emails demonstrating a party-driven attempt to weaken Bernie Sanders’ campaign, an effort that forced DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to resign from her post.

Although a hacker referred to as ‘Guccifer 2.0’ claimed responsibility for the incident, others sources have suggested that the Russian government was implicated.

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