There is a new conspiracy theory in the republican camps, and this one is a doozy. Julian Assange, the head of Wikileaks, is purporting that DNC employee Seth Rich was murdered as a part of a coverup within the DNC. Assange believes Rich was a whistleblower, and was the person responsible for releasing the DNC emails the night before the Democratic National Convention began.
Assange has announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to Rich’s July 10th death.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz stepped down from her post as head of the Democratic National Committee on the eve of the party’s national convention in Philadelphia. Hillary Clinton has suggested that Russia was responsible for hacking party computers and leaking the documents.
But the new theory suggests Rich, who was murdered in what looked like a botched robbery was behind the leak. Rich, 27, was gunned down on his way home in the affluent Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington D.C. last month while on the phone to his girlfriend. He was still alive when he was found but died on his way to the hospital. Police still have no leads and are offering a $25,000 reward for information.
However, one of Rich’s closest friends, Miles Mawby, said that the idea that Rich was the source who gave the leaked DNC documents to Wikileaks was ‘absolutely absurd.’ “Never in a million years,” said Mawby, who had known Rich since 2011 and was with him on the Friday evening before he was killed.
“People are fanning flames of wild rumors from the internet from conspiracy theorists. It’s absolutely absurd. Seth was one of the most dedicated people I’ve ever met. His day-to-day work…that got him up in the morning.”
Mawby said Rich was happy with his job at the DNC and supportive of Clinton’s presidential campaign.