WASHINGTON, May 16, 2017 — “I watched for the last seven months people who came to work after their lives were threatened. After they had to deal with bomb threats, after they had to deal with people who wanted to murder them.”
So said interim Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairperson Donna Brazile to staffers ahead of elections to select new party officials shortly after Hillary Clinton’s defeat.
The DNC election, like the death threats to its staffers, came soon after internal memos hacked from DNC computers were made public. The memos showed DNC officials stacked the deck against 2016 Democratic primary challenger Bernie Sanders and in favor of Hillary Clinton.
One DNC staffer, Seth Rich, was indeed murdered last July 10 while walking to his Washington, D.C. home. According to Fox News, Rich had leaked thousands of internal emails to Wikileaks.
“A federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report⏤generated within 96 hours after DNC staffer Seth Rich’s murder⏤detailing the contents of Rich’s computer said he made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyn, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time,” said Fox.
MacFadyn died of lung cancer and was not, as was Rich, gunned down steps from his home.
It has been the contention of Clinton, high-ranking Democrats, and their friends in the mainstream media that the DNC internal memos were leaked by Russian hackers in the service of Vladimir Putin’s intelligence services. From this, they extrapolate that Russia intervened in the U.S. presidential election to secure victory for their sleeper agent, billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump.
So far, neither of these conspiracy theories have produced a corpus delicti, or concrete body of evidence, like, say, a corpse.
“Our source is not a state party, Russia or anyone associated with Russia,” Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, told Fox News concerning DNC and Clinton campaign email leaks.
In August, 2016, shortly after Rich’s murder, Assange announced via Twitter that WikiLeaks was offering a $20,000 “reward for information leading to the conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.” But the media took their lead for covering the murder from the New York Times, which wrote,
“His [Rich’s] killing fueled speculation on the Internet that he was somehow tied to the hacked emails, but the police have not given any credence to that speculation.”
Some conspiracy theories, like Russian meddling in U.S. presidential elections, are far worthier of coverage and dissemination than others. It all depends on who’s interests are being served.
The majority of the media were certainly in the bag for Clinton. Their deep disappointment over her loss has morphed into a seething anger that distorts their coverage of the new administration to the point of high comedy.
“Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats,” read an alarmist Washington Post headline. Those conversations, said national security advisor H.R. McMaster, pertained to the U.S.-led effort to extinguish the Islamic State.
Gavin MacFadyen, the leftwing investigative journalist and WikiLeaks associate who worked with Rich, once said:
“For many journalists, work is simply a job. Their interest is in lapdog confidences and dining with the powerful. Those who passionately want to provide a voice for those without one, and who fight hypocrisy and exploitation, are sadly rare.”
And no one knows this better than the grieving family of murdered DNC worker Seth Rich.