Trump Pushed CIA Director to Follow DNC Emails Trail Leading to Seth Rich
Last month President Donald Trump ordered his CIA director Mike Pompeo to meet with a former NSA official who has strenuously argued that the DNC emails published by Wikileaks last year were the result of an internal leak, not a hack from Russia or anywhere else. The argument made by the former official, Bill Binney, a former Technical Director of the NSA, is supported by the repeated insistence of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that his organization obtained both the DNC and Podesta emails as the result of an internal leak, not an external hack.
Assange told Amy Goodman of Democracy Now last April:
"We have said quite clearly that our source is not a member of any state, including the Russian government."
Assange then put out a $20,000 reward for information leading to the killer or killers of Seth Rich, a DNC insider and data director who was murdered in Washington DC soon after the leaks, in a robbery in which nothing was taken, according to police.
Many have speculated that Assange was signaling that Rich was his internal source, although Wikileaks policy prevents him from ever openly naming a source for material.
And in a startling about-face, the well-established, liberal-leaning magazine The Nation has questioned the "Russiagate" narrative, with the editor Katrina Vanden Heuvel writing in a preface to a major article:
"Despite all the media coverage taking the veracity of the Intelligence Community Assessment for granted, even now we have only the uncorroborated assertion of intelligence officials to go on. Indeed, this was noticed by The New York Times’s Scott Shane, who wrote the day the report appeared: “What is missing from the public report is…hard evidence to back up the agencies’ claims that the Russian government engineered the election attack…. Instead, the message from the agencies essentially amounts to ‘trust us.’”"
The author of the main article Patrick Lawrence writes:
"Lost in a year that often appeared to veer into our peculiarly American kind of hysteria is the absence of any credible evidence of what happened last year and who was responsible for it. It is tiresome to note, but none has been made available. Instead, we are urged to accept the word of institutions and senior officials with long records of deception."
Bill Binney is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), which has argued, based on their investigation, that the theft of the DNC e-mails was not a hack, but an inside leak that did not involve Russia.
The Nation article notwithstanding, most of the mainstream media regularly editorializes its news articles on Binney's efforts by inserting the opinion that it is a "conspiracy theory," rather than merely reporting his allegations.
Trump has long expressed exasperation at the intelligence community's assessment, calling it a politicized effort by the Washington establishment to drive him out of office.
Appearing on Tucker Carlson, Binney once explained that is was possible from an examination of a computer server's logs to determine a wealth of information about an email's origins, download times, and other markers which could expose hacking. Nevertheless, although the DNC lodged its complaints and suspicions with law enforcement, it has never turned over the servers for examination by the FBI or any other law enforcement agency, only its own private security consultants. In a tweet, Trump once posed the same question, asking why the DNC has not turned over its email servers to the FBI for forensic analysis.
To suggest that Seth Rich was the source of the DNC emails has immediately drawn the label "conspiracy theory" to anyone who does so, even though the recipient and publisher of the emails, Julian Assange, has made this inference. The intelligence agencies charged with getting to the bottom of the email leaks have responded to Assange's suggestions by simply ignoring them, and plowing ahead, with echo chamber coverage in the media, with the Russiagate narrative.
Seth Rich was 27 when he was killed, late at night walking home from a bar in the Northwest section of DC. Although the Washington DC Metropolitan Police have concluded that Rich was the victim of a botched robbery, nothing was taken, and he was found shot in the back with his wallet, watch, and phone all on his person. Rich was seen as somewhat of an idealist by his friends and family.
Upon his death Rich's brother said:
“He was truly out, I think, to try to save the world..He was committed to whatever cause he thought was right.”
Julian Assange once accused the DNC of a ruse to implicate the Russians by playing a "conflation trick."
Assange told NBC News' Richard Engels in an interview on July 25th, 2016:
"there is a conflation trick going on here. The DNC's cybersecurity experts have said for years that it is insecure, and the RNC as well. So it has been hacked for years on and off. Have some of the hacks which have been related to the DNC, have some of those been related to Russia? I don't know, we haven't looked into that. But that has nothing to do with the emails that we have released. The emails that we have released are different sets of documents than the documents that those people have analyzed."
Assange said the DNC ruse to blame the Russians was intended as a "diversion" from the content of the emails.