Wikileaks has over a 1-year record of 100 percent accuracy, so when the organization makes a claim, people should listen.
Last year, speculation was abound that Wikileaks’ source for the “hacked” emails from John Podesta and the DNC was none other than murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich, who was mercilessly gunned down from behind in a “botched robber,” although nothing was missing from his body. Wikileaks’ found Julian Assange further fueled speculation during an interview on Dutch TV when he mentioned Rich while speaking about how dangerous it is to be a whistleblower.
The interview came shortly after Wikileaks offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to Rich’s murder.
“Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often significant risks. There was a 27-year old that works for the DNC who was shot in the back… murdered.. for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington,” Assange said during the interview. Assange was then asked if he was suggesting Rich was involved, and he stated that “we have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States and that our sources face serious risks… that’s why they come to us so we can protect their anonymity.”
It’s also worth noting that notorious hacker Kim Dotcom has also stated that he knew Rich personally, and that Rich was the source for the leaked emails.
Now, there’s a new twist in the story.
On Monday, Donald Trump, Jr. released a direct message chain between him and Wikileaks during the summer of last year. In it, there’s a link to a website that Wikileaks had wanted then-candidate Donald Trump to plug if he were to mention Wikileaks.
Here is the entire chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping 3 responses) which one of the congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak. How ironic! 1/3 pic.twitter.com/SiwTqWtykA
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 14, 2017
The web address is http://wlsearch.tk/. At the time, according to a tweet from Wikileaks, the link took web users to “The Podesta Emails Part 4 (1193 new emails).” However, the website has since been edited to be something else entirely – it appears to confirm that Rich was the source for the emails Wikileaks published.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 12, 2016
The website has a clock as the banner, and consists of only one page, which reads the following, in part [emphasis mine]:
You finally found me! I’m the source of the John Podesta/DNC Email hacks. I’ve been waiting so long for you to join me.
Thanks to Wikileaks and Trump Jr you’ll all soon know why Hillary Clinton and John Podesta had me killed.
As you can see I’m no Russian agent. I was just a proud DNC staffer who believed in the system until I found out Hillary Clinton and the DNC rigged the primaries against my candidate Bernie Sanders. That’s when I decided to take action and release these emails to Wikileaks.
John Podesta was determined to make an example out of me and had me taken care of. Why did you think they didn’t let the FBI examine the DNC servers? Yep, those servers would have lead them straight to me. John couldn’t let that happen.
The last paragraph seen on the website reads, “Thanks again Wikileaks for upping my reward to solve my murder. I wonder why you’d do that for me? Oh, you are trying to tell the world I was your source. Whoops cat’s outta the bag now.”
It would seem as if Wikileaks edited their website in the wake of Don, Jr. publishing their email chain to reveal that Rich was their source. Of course, without Assange or Wikileaks directly verifying it, we’ll never know for certain; however, it’s hard to imagine Wikileaks, which survives off of hacking and unauthorized entry into computers, would allow itself to be hacked in such a manner.