Assange: Murdered DNC Staffer Was 'Potential' WikiLeaks Source
In an exclusive interview on The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly asked WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange why the organization was so interested in finding the killer of a Democratic National Committee staffer.
27-year-old Seth Conrad Rich, a DNC Voter Expansion Data Director, was shot dead in the early morning hours of July 10 after a night out in Washington, D.C.
Less than two weeks later, WikiLeaks released nearly 20,000 emails from top DNC officials bolstering claims that the Party favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.
Assange came out on Dutch television and suggested Rich was a whistleblower and source for the organization. WikiLeaks also offered $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of Rich's killer.
He referred to him as a "potential" and "alleged" source tonight on The Kelly File.
"We're very interested in anything that might be a threat to alleged WikiLeak sources," he said. "We're not saying that Seth Rich's death necessarily is connected to our publication. That's something that has to be established. But if there's any question about a source of WikiLeaks being threatened, then people can be assured that this organization will go after anyone who may have been involved in some kind of attempt to coerce or possibly, in this case, kill a potential source."
Kelly said that it sounded as if he was suggesting that a man who leaked information to WikiLeaks was then murdered.
"If there's someone who's potentially connected to our publication, and that person has been murdered in suspicious circumstances, it doesn't necessarily mean that the two are connected," Assange replied. "But it is a very serious matter ... That type of allegation is very serious, and it's taken very seriously by us."