WikiLeaks' decision to offer a reward for leads to the staffer's killing has sparked speculation that Rich may have been the source of a leak of nearly 20,000 pages of hacked emails released last month which showed the DNC's collusion with the Clinton campaign against opponent Bernie Sanders.
The emails, published ahead of the Democratic Party's convention, where Clinton was chosen as the party's nominee for president, demonstrated bias in Clinton's favor from the party establishment, and revealed everything from agreements to funnel money into Clinton's campaign while the primary was still going on, all the way up to bigoted and openly anti-Semitic recommendations from local officials to Clinton's campaign based on Sanders' Jewish heritage.
Now, the US government appears to have gotten involved directly. According to the Wall Street Journal, officials are actively considering new economic sanctions against Russia over the DNC email leak. Sources speaking to the newspaper said that officials have yet to reach a decision on exactly how to proceed, explaining that sanctions against Russia would require publically accusing Moscow, and exposing the alleged hackers' links to Russia.
If Washington moves ahead, it will signal direct involvement by the Obama administration in a case whose details remain shrouded in the shadows of a possible conspiracy. Inquisitive minds have already begun asking why, if Russia is responsible, WikiLeaks, the actual source of the leaks themselves, has offered the $20,000 bounty for information about Rich's murder.
Here comes the attempt to prompt a "reaction" #DNCleak against Russia (sanctions).— Jonathan Langdale (@jlangdale) 12 августа 2016 г.
They are worried about Seth Rich.
Report "US weighing sanctions on Russia over Dem hacking" Wait!! Didn't Julian Assange say it was Seth Rich and NOT the Russians?— American Child (@HashemLovesYou) 12 августа 2016 г.
NYTimes: (1) "A Russian cyberattack at DNC" -- (2) FBI: No direct evidence Russia hacked emails. (3) who killed Seth Rich?— alan watson (@USRussiaReset) 12 августа 2016 г.