Kim Dotcom: ‘Seth Rich was involved’ in DNC leak

Kim Dotcom (Wikimedia Commons)

On Tuesday, internet entrepreneur and hacker Kim Dotcom published a post on his website claiming that he knows murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich was involved in leaking DNC emails to Wikileaks.

“I know that Seth Rich was involved in the DNC leak,” he said.

He added:

I know this because in late 2014 a person contacted me about helping me to start a branch of the Internet Party in the United States. He called himself Panda. I now know that Panda was Seth Rich.

Panda advised me that he was working on voter analytics tools and other technologies that the Internet Party may find helpful.

I communicated with Panda on a number of topics including corruption and the influence of corporate money in politics.

Rich, he further said, “wanted to change that from the inside.”

He further said:

I was referring to what I knew when I did an interview with Bloomberg in New Zealand in May 2015. In that interview I hinted that Julian Assange and Wikileaks would release information about Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.

The Rich family has reached out to me to ask that I be sensitive to their loss in my public comments. That request is entirely reasonable.

Dotcom said that he has been in touch with his attorneys and is prepared to provide a full statement to the authorities to ensure a complete investigation.

“If my evidence is required to be given in the United States I would be prepared to do so if appropriate arrangements are made. I would need a guarantee from Special Counsel Mueller, on behalf of the United States, of safe passage from New Zealand to the United States and back. In the coming days we will be communicating with the appropriate authorities to make the necessary arrangements,” he said, promising to make no further comment.

Mike Cernovich said the statement “will be seen as a let-down to many,” as it does not provide any new information.

On Monday, the UK Daily Mail reported that Dotcom claimed to be involved in the Wikileaks email storm and knew that Rich was involved.

“‘I knew Seth Rich. I know he was the Wikileaks source. I was involved,” he tweeted on Saturday.

The UK Daily Mail characterized theories surrounding Rich’s death as conspiracies, reporting that authorities called it a robbery.

According to the Daily Mail:

‘This is a robbery that ended tragically,’ Deputy Mayor Kevin Donahue told the local NBC affiliate News4. ‘That’s bad enough for our city, and I think it is irresponsible to conflate this into something that doesn’t connect to anything that the detectives have found.’

‘No Wikileaks connection,’ he enunciated.

But just as NBC, along with CNN and the Washington Post – including a deep dive by the Post’s Dave Weigel on how the Rich story really is ‘fake news’ – tried to drown the conspiracy theories, Dotcom and several figures on the right brought it back.

 Dotcom, a German-Finnish internet entrepreneur known for founding Megaupload, jumped into the conversation Friday, four days after the Fox5 story ran.

‘If Congress includes #SethRich case into their Russia probe I’ll give written testimony with evidence that Seth Rich was Wikileaks source,’ Dotcom tweeted.

It was then a back-and forth on Twitter with Fox News host, and prominent President Trump supporter Sean Hannity, that got Dotcom to articulate a second time, that Rich was Wikileaks’ source.

“Complete panic has set in at the highest levels of the Democratic Party,” Hannity said.

Even former House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in.

“We have this very strange story here of this young man who worked for the DNC who was apparently assassinated at four in the morning having given Wikileaks something like 23,000 – I’m sorry, 53,000 – emails and 17,000 attachments,” Gingrich said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday.

“Nobody’s investigating that, and what does that tell you about what was going on, because it turns out it wasn’t the Russians, it was this young guy who, I suspect, who was disgusted by the corruption of the Democratic National Committee,’ the former House speaker continued.

“He’s been killed, and apparently nothing serious has been done to investigate his murder. So, I’d like to see how [former FBI director Robert] Mueller is going to define what his assignment is, and if it’s only narrowly Trump, the country will not learn what it needs to learn about foreign involvement in American politics,” he added.

As intriguing as it is, Cernovich is right — Dotcom’s statement appears lacking in the kind of details many were hoping to see.  Nevertheless, it is certain to keep the story going.

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