Tweets from Assange’s mum fuel conspiracy theory on Clinton email leaks
The story unfolded after Christine responded to a tweet claiming Julian Assange had given the then presidential candidate Donald Trump the “upper hand” by leaking the Clinton emails.
I understand your vehement point but why did Julian publish damning docs against Hillary at such a crucial time which gave Humpty Dumpty Trump the upper hand?Assange's watchdog persona is appreciated but proportionate evaluation is always a priority— Jennifer Meyer-Smith (@smithmeyerjen) August 16, 2018
Christine replied in the now-removed tweet:
The public apparently deduced from her tweet that she was implying it was the ex-Democratic National Committee (DNC) digital campaigner, Seth Rich, who had been the WikiLeaks source when the party emails were leaked at the height of presidential campaigning in 2016.
Why do you always talk about Trump? What about the BREAKING news today from @JulianAssange mother that the DNC leaks came NOT from Russia but instead from Seth Rich whom perhaps the Clintons had murdered?— CoachKjr (@CoachKJunior) August 22, 2018
The overreaction made Christine delete the tweet saying people were “wrongfully asserting” she was making such admission.
Deleted my tweet re @Wikileaks#DNCleak being an insiderAs many are wrongfully asserting: "Julians mother confirms its #SethRich"Replaced with 2 tweets citing sources1) US Ambassador @CraigMurrayOrg2) #VIPS - (US ) 'Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity'— Mrs. Christine Assange (@AssangeMrs) August 21, 2018
Christine, failed, however, to expand on who she was referring to when she pointed to a “disgruntled” DNC worker.
Christine doubled down on her denial she was admitting to Rich being WikiLeaks source saying she was merely regurgitating information which was already in the public domain.
She cited former UK ambassador Craig Murray and Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity as sources contradicting US intelligence claims the emails were leaked, not hacked.
Fmr UK Ambassador Craig MurrayOn @Guardian article quoting him: "I've met the person who leaked them & they are certainly not Russian"Up for 3 hrs then:" the home page links vanished & it was replaced by a ludicrous one repeating the mad CIA allegations against Russia" https://t.co/SkhPbKqN6d— Mrs. Christine Assange (@AssangeMrs) August 21, 2018
Seth Rich was fatally shot in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C, on July 10, 2016. As the murder came just a week before WikiLeaks published 20,000 emails obtained from the Committee computers via an anonymous source, it spawned conspiracy theories Rich’s death was connected to the leak. The D.C. Metropolitan Police, however, argues the killing was a robbery gone wrong, though nothing was actually stolen.
Moreover, Assange himself spurred claims about Rich being WikiLeaks’ informant after he nodded during an interview when asked if the former NRC worker was their source.
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