NEW: Brad Bauman, a former spokesman for Seth Rich's family, responds to Mueller's finding that Julian Assange and @WikiLeaks "falsely implied" that Rich was WikiLeaks' source for the hacked DNC emails. Bauman's full statement is below. pic.twitter.com/6JPJvlaGTp
— Andy Kroll (@AndyKroll) April 19, 2019
Trump is a godsdamned magnet for monsters. Per Kevin Pousen, at the Daily Beast:
… As laid out by Mueller, Assange’s involvement in Russia’s election interference began with a June 14, 2016 direct message to WikiLeaks’ Twitter account from “DC Leaks,” one of the false fronts created by the Russians to launder their hacked material.
“You announced your organization was preparing to publish more Hillary’s emails,” the message read, according to Mueller’s report. “We are ready to support you. We have some sensitive information too, in particular, her financial documents. Let’s do it together. What do you think about publishing our info at the same moment? Thank you.”
A week later, WikiLeaks reached out to a second GRU persona, Guccifer 2.0, and pitched WikiLeaks as the best outlet for the hacked material. On July 14, 2016, GRU officers used a Guccifer 2.0 email address to send WikiLeaks an encrypted one-gigabyte file named “wk dnc link I .txt.gpg.” Assange confirmed receipt, and on July 22 he published 20,000 DNC emails stolen during the GRU’s breach…
Rich was a 27-year-old DNC staffer when he was gunned down in what police have described as a robbery gone wrong. The unsolved murder timed shortly before Assange’s DNC leaks spoke volumes to inhabitants of the far right wing fringe, where it’s long been an article of faith that Hillary Clinton has her enemies killed…
With Assange behind it, the Seth Rich hoax moved into the almost-mainstream, spawning a quickly-retracted report on Fox News, and a series of “investigations” by Assange ally Sean Hannity. It also wreaked havoc in the lives of Rich’s surviving family, particularly his anguished parents who later begged perpetrators of the charade “to give us peace, and to give law enforcement the time and space to do the investigation they need to solve our son’s murder.”
Even as he was ruthlessly framing Rich to protect himself, the GRU, or both, Assange was privately communicating with his real sources to arrange the transfer of the second election leak, material the GRU stole from John Podesta’s Gmail account…
The Mueller report quotes from cryptic emails and messages exchanged between WikiLeaks and the GRU accounts in September 2016, and based on metadata, Mueller suspects the transfer occurred on September 19. But the actual transmittal of the massive Podesta haul evidently took place in a channel that Mueller couldn’t crack. The report notes the possibility that, this time, the files were simply carried into the Ecuadorian Embassy by one of Assange’s visitors.
In the end, the most charitable interpretation of Assange’s “dissembling” as Mueller calls it, in the Seth Rich hoax is that he genuinely couldn’t rule out the possibility that Rich was his source. The Mueller report demolished that final moral refuge. Rich had been dead four days when Assange received the DNC files...
And nobody let Hannity skate on his role in this. Not only boosting Assange's bullshit but also Kim Dotcom, who got caught trying to hack and forge Rich family emails for an "exclusive" that Hannity eagerly hyped. https://t.co/iKCLwFg2nF https://t.co/3Hwib3Qh7R
— Zeddediah Springfield (@Zeddary) April 19, 2019
So the parts of the #MuellerReport that we could read and judge for ourselves if Trump campaign and Wikileaks coordinated the release of emails stolen by Russian intelligence…look like this. pic.twitter.com/eG4tHDD3bG
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) April 18, 2019
This one'll make Dem heads explode. Assange just before the 2016 DNC, to "guccifer 2.0": "if you have anything hillary related we want it in the next tweo [sic] days prefab le [sic] because the DNC is approaching and she will solidify bernie supporters behind her after."
— Alexander Panetta (@Alex_Panetta) April 18, 2019