Mueller report says WikiLeaks pushed Seth Rich conspiracies

Mueller report says WikiLeaks pushed Seth Rich conspiracies
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Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE's report said WikiLeaks pushed conspiracies about slain Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich to obfuscate the source of the hacked DNC emails it published in 2016.

"As reports attributing the DNC and [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] hacks to the Russian government emerged, WikiLeaks and [Julian] Assange made several public statements apparently designed to obscure the source of the materials that WikiLeaks was releasing," the report said. 

"The file-transfer evidence described above and other information uncovered during the investigation discredit WikiLeaks's claims about the source of material that it posted," it continued. The report described a file transfer between the Russian GRU and WikiLeaks. 


The report said that statements by WikiLeaks and Assange about Rich "implied falsely that he had been the source of the stolen DNC emails."

Rich's brother Aaron Rich responded to Mueller's findings in a statement on Friday.

“The special counsel has now provided hard facts that demonstrate this conspiracy is false," Aaron Rich said in the statement.

"I hope that the people who pushed, fueled, spread, ran headlines, articles, interviews, talk and opinion shows, or in any way used my family’s tragedy to advance their political agendas—despite our pleas that what they were saying was not based on any facts—will take responsibility for the unimaginable pain they have caused us," he added. 

WikiLeaks in 2016 published a trove of emails that were stolen from the DNC and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWill the Horowitz report split the baby? Gabbard commemorates John Lennon's passing by singing 'Imagine' Bannon: Clinton waiting to enter 2020 race and 'save the Democratic Party from Michael Bloomberg' MORE's 2016 presidential campaign.

Founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeTrump's exceptionalism: No president has so disrespected our exceptional institutions More than 60 doctors sign letter warning Assange 'could die in prison' without medical attention Sweden drops investigation into Assange rape charges MORE was recently arrested on a charge of conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea ManningChelsea Elizabeth ManningTrump defends intervening in war-crimes cases UK judge denies Assange bid to delay extradition hearing Whistleblowers and the hypocrisy of the ruling class MORE to “knowingly access a computer, without authorization and exceeding authorized access,” to obtain classified information. 

Rich was killed in Washington, D.C., in 2016 in what authorities described as a robbery gone wrong. Unfounded conspiracy theories connected his death with the stolen emails.

The Justice Department on Thursday released special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his nearly two-year investigation into whether there was Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

Updated: April 19 at 6:20 p.m.