WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has suggested that murdered Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich may have been a source for the organization.
In an interview with the Dutch program Nieuwsuur, Assange said, “Whistleblowers often take very significant efforts to bring us material and often at very significant risks.”
“There’s a 27-year-old who works for the DNC and who was shot in the back, murdered, just a few weeks ago, for unknown reasons as he was walking down the streets in Washington,” he continued.
Assange was referring to the case of DNC employee Seth Rich, who was shot and killed in what police claim was an attempted robbery in July.
WikiLeaks has since offered $20,000 for “information leading to conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.”
ANNOUNCE: WikiLeaks has decided to issue a US$20k reward for information leading to conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 9, 2016
When asked specifically if Rich was one of his sources, Assange said WikiLeaks does not comment on who their sources are but that Wikileaks are investigating this “concerning situation,” as “our sources face serious risks.”
“There is not a conclusion yet; we are not willing to state a conclusion, but we are concerned about it. And more importantly, a variety of WikiLeaks sources are concerned when that kind of thing happens,” he continued.
Assange has previously claimed that the source for the DNC hack did not come from Russia as is widely believed, despite seeking to create “maximum ambiguity” for its sources.
Assange has consistently pledged to release a “lot more” on Hillary Clinton and the corruption of the Clinton Foundation in the coming weeks.