Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wikileaks' Vince Foster Moment

Seth Richard's family has a very simple request for Wikileaks: please stop.

"Seth Rich's family on WikiLeaks's $20,000 reward for info on his death: Please stop."

Julian Assange has been trying to create his own Vince Foster moment:

"WikiLeaks, the controversial transparency organization that publishes classified government documents and other confidential materials, is fueling Internet conspiracy theories by offering a $20,000 reward for information on a Democratic National Committee staffer who was killed last month."

"Seth Rich, a 27-year-old data analyst at the DNC, was shot and killed early one Sunday morning last month in what police say was robbery gone wrong. He was killed while walking home in a Washington, D.C. neighborhood that has seen a recent uptick in crime."

"Rich's murder quickly became a fascination of right-wing conspiracy theorists, including longtime informal Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone, who told NBC News that he has been in contact with WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange."

"Roger Stone is talking to Julian Assange to concoct another Vince Foster scandal. Assange won't say whether or not he got the DNC files from Putin and insists he's just about transparency and is not specifically trying to help Donald Trump."

But the interests of this Unholy Troika is aligned in a most disquieting way.

"WikiLeaks recently published internal DNC emails that cybersecurity experts say were stolen by hackers working for the Russian government. The publication, which showed apparent bias in favor of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, led to the ouster of the DNC's chairwoman and several top officials."

"But Assange, in an interview with a Dutch news program highlighted by the conspiracy website InfoWars, implied Rich was the source of the email and was killed for working with his group."

"Whistleblowers often take very significant efforts to bring us material and often at very significant risks," Assange said in the interview, before bringing up, unpromoted, that Rich was killed "for unknown reasons."

When the interviewer pressed Assange by noting Rich's death was "just a robbery," Assange replied, "No. There's no finding."

Asked what he was suggesting, Assange replied, "I'm suggesting that our sources take risks ... We are concerned about it."

"The website Snopes has debunked many of the conspiracy theories surrounding Rich's death."

"Brad Bauman, a spokesperson working for Rich's family, said that while help tracking down Rich's killers is welcome, the speculation is not."

If he's not implying that Rick was a source than why is he even talking about the safety of sources in the discussion about Rick?

This is not the first time that Wikileaks has done things ostensibly in the public interest that actually do public harm.
Wikileaks may argue it does what it does in the public interest. But that's a matter of opinion. Who died and left Julian Assange and friends to play God?

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