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Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on the Clintons.
Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has denied that Russia was the source of the recent leak of emails from the Democratic National Committee.
Assange’s denials came after several former and current U.S. officials claimed Russia was probably involved.
However Assange came out today with a strong denial:
The possible Russian involvement has caught the attention of Dick Morris, a former Bill Clinton pollster and close advisor”
However, there is another rumor floating around that needs to be investigated by someone living in the District who is younger and braver than this reporter.
On Sunday morning, July 10th at about 04:20 am, 27-year-old Seth Rich, an employee at the DNC, was shot twice in the back a-block-and-a-half from his home.
Police who were patrolling the area heard the shots and found Rich still conscious and breathing in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C. about 2 miles directly north of the Capitol building. He died an hour later in the hospital.
The killer did not take Rich’s wallet, credit cards or cell phone. However, his mother, Mary Rich was told by police that her son may have been the victim of a robbery.
She was quoted by an NBC Channel 4 report saying:
“There had been a struggle. His hands were bruised, his knees are bruised, his face is bruised, and yet he had two shots to his back, and yet they never took anything.”
Seth had been walking home, presumably after a late Saturday night at the office. He had been talking to his girlfriend when she heard noise in the background. Rich reassured her that he was almost home and said he would call her back.
The death still remains a mystery and DC police initially put up a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, but now over 2 weeks later and no suspects in sight, the reward has been raised to $50,000.
Rich had worked at the DNC for two years in – wait for it — the IT department —- as the voter expansion data director and was well-liked by his colleagues.
Twelve days after his death, Wikileaks released 20,000 emails and 8,000 attachments from 7 DNC co-workers that led to the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton campaign’s communications director told reporters earlier today that she wouldn’t be surprised if the Wikileaks releases more emails from the trove it stole from the Democratic National Committee.
In an example of “whistling past the graveyard”, Palmieri said:
“We’re not concerned about our emails. The Wikileaks leak was obviously designed to hurt our convention so it’s possible that they could do it — I don’t think they’re done.”