Donna Brazile Says She Was 'Haunted' by Murder of Seth Rich, Feared for Her Life
In another bombshell from her upcoming book, Donna Brazile says that she was haunted by the mysterious murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, who was killed in July of 2016 purportedly during a botched robbery. In her memoir, Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, she describes how she became increasingly paranoid about alleged Russian interference in the election and elements within her own party.
According to the Washington Post, she said that after Rich's murder, she shut the blinds to her office window so snipers could not see her. Brazile, who became interim head of the Democratic National Committee in 2016 after Debbie Wasserman Schultz was ousted, also installed surveillance cameras in her home and worried that the Russians might have bugged her DNC executive suite with listening devices.
Wasserman Schultz was forced out after WikiLeaks published emails revealing how she and other officials stacked the deck against Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary process in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Surprisingly, Brazile claims that top Democratic officials "encouraged" her not to talk about the hacked emails but says she was told to take the matter seriously. That message was made clear, she said, during her visit to the White House in August 2016 for then-President Obama’s 55th birthday party. She says then-National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice and former attorney general Eric Holder separately pulled her aside to caution her "to take the Russian hacking seriously."
Her recollections about being spooked by Seth Rich's murder are intriguing. If he was just a lowly IT staffer, killed in a random botched robbery, why would she be worried about snipers coming after her?
If the claim that he was the one who gave WikiLeaks the DNC emails is just a lot of alt-right nonsense, why would she feel the need to shut her blinds and install surveillance cameras?
What does Donna know?
Rich's murder happened shortly before WikiLeaks released emails that prompted the resignation of several Democrat leaders, including Wasserman Schultz, on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has always insisted that the DNC emails he posted at WikiLeaks were not hacked by the Russians and has strongly implied that Rich was the source of the trove of damaging emails.
On August 9, WikiLeaks offered a $20,000 reward for information on the murdered DNC staffer.
"Whistle-blowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks," Assange said during an interview in the summer of 2016. "As a 27-year-old, works for the DNC, was shot in the back, murdered just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington."
Infamous internet entrepreneur/hacker Kim Dotcom offered last May to give the United States Congress "written testimony with evidence that Seth Rich was Wikileaks source" -- if Congress would agree to include the Seth Rich case in their Russia probe.
He said that he knew for a fact that Rich was involved with leaking the emails because he himself was involved.
On Saturday, after Brazile's Seth Rich bombshell broke, Dotcom reached out to her on Twitter:
Of course, it's highly doubtful that Brazile will take him up on his offer.
In fact, within the next 24 to 48 hours, I fully expect Brazile to disavow her own words, saying they were misconstrued or distorted. Watch for it. That's usually the next step in these cases.