The internet is buzzing with theories after Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange's mother, Christine Assange, tweeted - and then deleted - what many believe to be a suggestion that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich "leaked docs proving corruption."
In response to the question "why did Julian publish damning docs against Hillary at such a crucial time which gave Humpty Dumpty Trump the upper hand?" Christine Assange replied "Its the duty of media to inform citizens about corruption," adding "a #DNC #Bernie supporter disgruntled with rigging leaked docs proving corruption."
"What should Wikileaks should have done? Hold on to them till after the election to advantage #Hillary?" she continued, adding "You are shooting the messenger!"
Many have pointed out that Mrs. Assange's the description fits that of Seth Rich, a Bernie Sanders supporter and DNC IT staffer who was slain on his way home from a local bar on July 10, 2016, five days after a forensics analysis indicated that the DNC emails were copied locally - which was the same day Romanian hacker "Guccifer 2.0" claims to have hacked the DNC, per the Washington Post.
12 days after Rich's murder, on July 22, 2016, WikiLeaks released thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee revealing that Bernie Sanders' campaign was undermined when the DNC and the Clinton campaign colluded to share questions before a debate.
Of note, cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike reported on June 14, 2016 that Russia had infiltrated the DNC, after the DNC reported a suspected breach in April of that year. The DNC has received criticism for not allowing the FBI to analyze their servers for hacking, relying only on the Crowdstrike analysis performed by anti-Putin Russian expat Dmitri Alperovitch - a senior fellow on the very anti-Russia Atlantic Council.
Christine Assange's supposed admission caused many on Twitter to note that her son, Julian Assange, "heavily implied" that Rich was a Wikileaks source in an August, 2016 interview on Dutch television when he brought up Assange in the context of WikiLeaks whistleblowers, and then nodded his head when asked directly if Rich was a source.
Christine Assange later deleted her controversial tweet, writing that people had wrongfully asserted "Julians mother confirms its #SethRich."
She then cited former UK Ambassador Craig Murray and the group Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity, who all say the Russians did not hack the DNC.
Deleted my tweet re @Wikileaks #DNCleak being an insider— Mrs. Christine Assange (@AssangeMrs) August 21, 2018
As many are wrongfully asserting: "Julians mother confirms its #SethRich"
Replaced with 2 tweets citing sources
1) US Ambassador @CraigMurrayOrg
2) #VIPS - (US ) 'Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity'
#DNCLeak— Mrs. Christine Assange (@AssangeMrs) July 14, 2018
"I know who leaked them.Ive met the person who leaked them & they are certainly not Russian. Its an insider. Its a leak NOT a hack"
CIA's Russia hacking claims dismissed as 'bulls***' by former UK ambassador Craig Murray https://t.co/MrDG63rrhX#Russiagate
#VIPS , a group of highly regarded former experienced senior US intelligence officers (Including CIA & NSA)— Mrs. Christine Assange (@AssangeMrs) August 19, 2018
Debunk #Russiagate with forensic evidence
It was NOT the Russians!
It was a leak NOT hack! #DNCLeak#Wikileaks #Journalism#DNC#auspolhttps://t.co/9mrSQkwMez
Meanwhile, Twitter users have been left scratching their heads at the entire thing:
@AssangeMrs Hi Mrs.Assange, I'm sure you're busy so i won't take much of your time. Yesterday i was Browsing twitter and Saw an Article, the Heading read Julian Assanges Mom Say's Seth Rich Was DNC Hacker. I Cannot find the article today but was wondering if it as Fake News? 😉— LovingPotus45 (@LPotus45) August 21, 2018
Why isn’t anyone talking about Assange’s.mother saying Seth Rich was the one that leaked ...— sandra gaeta (@gaeta54) August 20, 2018