The Democrat IT Scandal and The Murder of Seth Rich

Bill Clinton with Democratic Congressional staffer Imran Awan. Awan is an Advisor to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. Source:LinkedIn

The Democrat IT scandal or Awan scandal is one of the most baffling and perplexing Democrat scandals of recent years.[1]

Despite an interval of at least 18 months, the Awan scandal was made a closed case by investigators with the destruction of evidence on the day the scandal became public - yet it took a year and a half for the public to learn that basic fact.

While the case was reported by Politico at the start of an investigation in February 2017, it was in fact closed that same day. Not until the DNC chairwoman's IT specialist plead guilty to crimes committed after the case was closed a year and half later, did the public learn the extent of Democrat party spying, corruption, and foreign money laundering.

The off-site server for the Democratic House Caucus chaired by Xavier Becerra and maintained by the Awans went "missing" the same day the Awan's were denied access to House computers in February 2017.[2] Chairman Becerra fired Imran Awan six months earlier when suspicions arose, only to replace him with Awan's wife, who was paid by taxpayers. Records show she never did any work. Awan had been employed by Bacerra for more than 10 years.

Imran Awan spent months at a time in Pakistan as the highest paid staffer in the U.S. Congress, accessing Becerra's server which was illegally tapped into about 60 other congressional members offices. None of the dozens of Democrats, who also paid the Awan's, pressed charges.[3] Whether Democrat members knowingly or unknowingly participated in the transfer of their private Congressional office data and records to Pakistan remains a mystery.

In an unprecedented plea agreement with the United States Department of Justice, Imran Awan was exonerated of all "non-violent" federal crimes he may have committed prior to the plea agreement in exchange for a guilty plea to one charge of bank fraud. According to some experts, the deal may not be legal.[4]



Initial allegations

On February 2, 2017, Politico reported 5 House IT staffers, including 3 brothers later identified as Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan, and two of their wives, Hina Alvi and Natalia Sova, were relieved of access to House computers and had been under criminal investigation since late 2016.[5] A sixth, Rao Abbas, privileges were also revoked.[6]

While full details were not disclosed, subsequently it was learned they managed office information technology for at least 80 Democratic members of the House, including members of the House Intelligence, Homeland Security, and Foreign Affairs committees handling matters of national security.[7] It was also learned later Imran Awan worked for ex-DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz,[8] had access to her iPad and password,[9] took $100,000 in cash from an Iraqi doctor who was part of the new Iraq government,[10] and was a suspect in the leaking of DNC emails to Wikileaks (despite verbose allegations of "Russian hacking," the DNC never allowed the FBI to examine its servers to determine if indeed the DNC had been hacked, or if the leaks come from an inside source).[11]

The suspects may have been involved in a leak of information that lead to the ambush and death of Navy SEAL William Ryan Owen.[12]

Because the subjects were Muslim,[13] their activities were covered up, and they were only relieved of duties without their names being released.[14]

Law enforcement in the Legislative Branch

From the moment the Capitol Police found probable cause of lawbreaking, the Awan investigation presented many peculiar and difficult problems. The Capitol Police on their own are not equipped to conduct an international counter-intelligence investigation. And yet the case occurred at a time of serious misuse of the nation's foreign intelligence gathering capabilities by the Executive Branch and civil rights violations by the Obama administration, as well as primary vote rigging by the Democratic National Committee, collusion between the Clinton campaign, the FBI, and foreign actors to meddle in US elections democracy.[15]

During several years of employment of the Awans, the wives have only been seen at work a few times, one drawing $1 million in pay in recent years. The wife of Imran Awan, herself a suspect in the investigation, reportedly has fled to Pakistan with her children permanently "where her family has significant assets and VIP-level protection.

Investigating authority

The lead agency conducting the Awan investigation is the United States Capitol Police, which is a law enforcement bureau within the Legislative Branch of the United States. It should not be confused with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the local District of Columbia Police. The Capitol Police is the lone law enforcement bureau directly under the control of the United States Congress. As such, information-sharing arrangements between the Capitol Police and the Intelligence Community of the Executive Branch are somewhat different.[16]

Several congressional staffers have suggested their bosses are being blackmailed, hence Members' reluctance to talk about the breaches and the appearance of a cover-up.

Likewise, the District of Columbia is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Congress which created a single municipal government for the District and retains veto power over local law. The District of Columbia Police are indirectly under the Congress through the local municipal government.

At some point Executive Branch law enforcement agencies were called in, as evidenced by Imran Awan's arrest on money laundering charges by the FBI at Dulles Airport in June 2017. However, so far as is known, the Capitol Police remain the lead investigative agency.

Circumventing the House Information Resources office

The House Information Resources (HIR) office manages the computer system for all House members and grants permissions to IT staff workers.[17] To be granted top level administrator privileges over a member's office account, Imran constantly complained about going through a process that required a form to be filled out and a paper trail when he took on a new Member-client. He bullied HIR workers to process his access requests without the proper forms.

Once permissions are granted to access the member's office system, there is no internal House oversight or tracking of what they may be doing on the member's system.

Imran Awan obtained complete unsupervised access to dozens of Democratic members' congressional IT accounts. Information then was surreptitiously replicated and transferred to an outside server.

Rep. Louie Gohmert said on the House floor:

I am told by other IT professionals that do work here that, if you know what you are doing and you have access to even one Congress Member's computer, which means their calendar, their emails, and notes taken and stored on the computer about meetings, then it is very easy--you are good--to access virtually anybody else's information here in Congress.
I was told some time back by one of my friends in Intelligence that at one time there was concern about positions I had taken like in support of Egypt against the Muslim Brotherhood and that there were those who were monitoring people that came to my office. I was told that they know everybody that walks into your office.

The Awans' relations with other House IT specialists

The Awans never attended weekly meetings of IT network staff workers and contractors, nor participated in an email discussion list they used to share and help resolve common problems. Other IT workers thought it was odd, considering the number of Member-clients they held.

Staff workers inside Member offices as well encountered problems; Imran Awan was unconcerned about worker and office problems, and generally dealt with the Member exclusively. In one such case, Imran is said to have gotten a staff member fired when they complained about the service the office was receiving.

One staffer said tech workers who took over some of the offices after the Awans were relieved found that computers in some offices were “thin clients” that sent all data to an offsite server in violation of House policies. Additionally, staffers’ iPhones were all linked to a single non-government iTunes account.[18]

IT aides say that members have displayed an inexplicable and intense loyalty towards the suspects who police say victimized them. The baffled aides wonder if the suspects are blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, to which the Awans had full access.[19]

A manager at a tech-services company that works with Democratic House offices said he approached congressional offices, offering their services at one-fourth the price of Awan and his Pakistani brothers, but the members declined.

Another Democratic IT contractor said members “are saying don’t say anything, this will all blow over if we all don’t say anything.” The Awans “had [members] in their pocket,” and “there are a lot of members who could go down over this.”

The Awans' Democrat member-clients

An Awan family member - three of which are commonly referred to as 'no show employees' - appeared at one time or another on an estimated 80 House Democrats’ payrolls. Imran worked for dozens of House Democrats as a 'shared employee' providing technical support.

On March 1, 2017, Daily Caller reported members of the Awan family were paid $5 million by Democratic congressmen over several years, many of whom serve on the Intelligence, Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees.[20]

Wasserman Shultz would encourage newly elected members to hire Imran or put his relatives on the payroll with the understanding that Imran was the one who would actually do the work –something not be permitted under House rules.

Current members who paid the Awan's are Marcia Fudge, Tim Ryan, Jim Costa, Sander M. Levin, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Yvette ClarkeGregory Meeks,[21] John SarbanesJackie SpeierDiana DeGetteFrederica Wilson, Cedric L. Richmond, David LoebsackKaren BassJoyce Beatty, Emanuel Cleaver, Lois Frankel, Daniel Kildee, Tony CardenasMichelle Lujan GrishamRobin KellyKatherine ClarkMark TakanoJulia BrownleyPete AguilarAndre CarsonJoaquin CastroTed DeutchTed LieuHakeem JeffriesKyrsten Sinema and Tammy Duckworth. The Awans had full access to the emails and office computer files of members. Focus of the investigation by the US Capitol Police is an off-site server on which congressional data was loaded.

There are more than 15,000 congressional staff on Capitol Hill; four of the 500 highest-paid House staffers are Awans. Median salary for legislative assistants is $43,000 annually; Imran Awan has collected $1.2 million in salary since 2010,[22] and his brother Abid and wife Hina Alvi were each paid more than $1 million. Imran first came to Capitol Hill in 2004 and Abid joined him in 2005. Imran's wife Hina Alvi was added to the payroll in 2007, while Abid's wife, Natalia Sova, appeared in 2011. In 2014 the youngest brother, Jamal, was added to the payroll in 2014 at the age of 20 with a salary of $160,000, roughly three times the average staff salary.

The brothers spent significant time in Pakistan.[23]

Politico reported Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Gregory Meeks declined to fire Imran, and that both members have a “friendly personal relationship with Awan and his wife, according to multiple sources.”[24]

On May 18, 2017, former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatened Capitol police chief for impounding evidence in the Awan investigation (See 2 February 2017).[25][26] The Awan brothers were IT specialists working for Wasserman Schultz with access to DNC data and for House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee.[27]

Local police respond to family residence

From 16 October 2016 until 2 February 2017 Samani Galani, stepmother of Imran, Abid, and Jamal Awan, married to their father Muhammad Shah, was held in captivity in a suburban home in Fairfax County, VA, outside Washington DC. Her husband Muhammad Shah lay dying of cancer in a hospital. The brothers would not allow her to visit or speak with her husband by phone. On 5 January 2017 she obtained a phone and called local police. According to the police report,

“Samani Galani called [police] after her stepchildren were denying her access to her husband of 8 years, Muhammad Shah, who is currently hospitalized...I made contact with her stepson, Abid, who responded to location and was obviously upset with the situation. He stated he has full power of attorney over his father and produced an unsigned, undated document as proof. He refused to disclose his father’s location.”[28]

After she contacted police, Abid threatened her and told her they were going to kidnap her family back in Pakistan.[29] Mohammad Shah died a few days later. Imran demanded that Salmani Galani give him power of attorney for his father's assets in Pakistan and instructed Jamal to take her to the Pakistani embassy in Washington. Imran sent a couple of people to pressure her.[30]

Galani learned from a life insurance executive that “a few days before the Mohammad Shah's death, the beneficiary was changed to Abid and the house where she lived would go to Abid."

Galani fled from the brothers and filed a second police complaint with Fairfax County over insurance fraud and other abuses.

On April 17, 2017, documents filed in Fairfax County, Va., allege Imran Awan threatened to have his stepmother's Pakistani relatives kidnapped if she talked to US law enforcement authorities.

“Imran Awan threatened that he is very powerful and if I ever call the police again, [he] will … kidnap my family members back in Pakistan,” Awan’s stepmother, Samina Gilani, claimed in the case of Americo Financial Life and Annuity Insurance Company v. Abid A. Awan and Samina Ashraf Gilani.[31]

Awans financial dealings

See also: Project Cassandra

Security-sensitive jobs typically require background checks for credit and legal problems that can create pressures to cash in on access to secret information and documents.

From November 2009 to September 2010 the Awan brothers operated a Falls Church, Virginia car dealership with Abid as its day-to-day manager. It was called Cars International A, LLC, referred to as “CIA” in court documents. It's unclear how Abid found time to run an automotive business while working full-time for Congress. He had been on the congressional payroll since 2005. A congressional credit union repossessed two of his personal cars.

The dealership received a $100,000 loan that was never repaid from Dr. Ali Al-Attar, a former Iraqi politician who fled the US on tax charges and who reportedly has links to Hezbollah.[32]

Imran is also real estate agent, and another realtor who invested $400,000 of his own money in the dealership obtained Al-Attar's cash and passed it through bank accounts used for real estate transactions in Fairfax County, Va.

After Rao Abbas, who was owed money by the dealership, threatened to sue amid allegations of deception and theft, Abbas appeared on the congressional payroll and has been paid $250,000.[33] Abbas’ congressional email was cut off in early February, around the time the Capitol Police revealed that they had uncovered a scheme involving a network of IT aides. According to Politico, Abbas is also under criminal investigation.

Abid declared more than $1 million in debts when he filed for bankruptcy in 2012, but managed to keep ownership of two houses. He signed a sworn statement that he and his wife were living apart and needed separate residences.

“My spouse and I are legally separated under applicable non-bankruptcy law or my spouse and I are living apart other than for the purpose of evading the requirements of § 707(b)(2)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code,” Abid claimed in bankruptcy documents. Abid also had an unpaid line of credit of $10,000 with the congressional credit union at the time of bankruptcy.

Abid's record includes numerous driving- and alcohol-related legal problems, including driving with a suspended or revoked license, court records show. He was found guilty of drunk driving a month before he started at the House and was arrested for public intoxication a month after his first day.

Imran Awan

Imran Awan was first employed on Capitol Hill by former Rep. Robert Wexler in January 2004 as an “information technology director.” Imran's clients included previous House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, currently the California attorney general.[34]

Imran has worked for Wasserman Schultz since 2005. Wasserman Schultz became DNC chair in 2011.

Imran Awan was arrested in July 2017 after 5 members of the Awan family employed by Democratic members of Congress had their access to the House computer system revoked in February. The rest fled to Pakistan.[35] While most Democratic Members of Congress terminated their relationship with the Awans and have refused to talk about it since the scandal became public, former DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept Imran Awan on her congressional staff payroll, changing his job description from IT Specialist to Advisor.[36] Similarly, Reps. Gregory Meeks and Marcia Fudge have retained a close relationship with the Awans. Imran Awan was fired only after his arrest. In another twist of fate Wasserman Schultz's brother just coincidentally happens to be an Asst. US Attorney for the District of Columbia who luck of the draw would have it would be assigned the case.


Imran Awan was married to two Virginia women simultaneously, and 15 days after one of them told police that Imran kept her “like a slave,” gunmen shot into her family home, according to police reports filed in Pakistan.

The shooting at Sumaira Siddique allegedly occurred in Pakistan in August 2016 — days after the House Inspector General informed the Committee on House Administration that Imran allegedly committed cybersecurity violations.

Imran arrest

On July 25, 2017, officers and agents from the U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI and Customs and Border Protection, were involved in the arrest of Imran Awan at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., as he tried to fly away to Pakistan. Awan was arrested after wiring $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to Pakistan. He had $12,000 in cash on him.[37] Politico reported that Awan is “at the center of a criminal investigation potentially impacting dozens of lawmakers.”[38]

Awan is accused of attempting to defraud the Congressional Federal Credit Union by obtaining a $165,000 home equity loan for a rental property, which is against the credit union's policies since it is not an owner-occupied property. Those funds were then included as part of a wire transfer to two individuals in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

Wasserman Schultz did not fire Imran Awan til after his arrest.

Plea Agreement

Imran Awan pleaded guilty to making a false statement on a loan application. Awan is free on bail pending final sentencing and will not be required to wear an electronic tracking device but will have to remain within a 150 miles of his residence. U.S. prosecutors will recommend probation; sentencing is scheduled for August 21, 2018.[39]

The plea agreement specifically addressed some of the outlandish made by public entities.

More specifically, the Government agrees that the public allegations that your client stole U.S. House of Representatives ("House") equipment and engaged in unauthorized or illegal conduct involving House computer systems do not form the basis of any conduct relevant to the determination of the sentence in this case. The Government conducted a thorough investigation of those allegations, including interviewing approximately 40 witnesses; taking custody of the House Democratic Caucus server, along with other computers, hard drives, and electronic devices; examining those devices, including inspecting their physical condition and analyzing log-in and usage data; reviewing electronic communications between pertinent House employees; consulting with the House Office of General Counsel and House information technology personnel to access and/or collect evidence; and questioning your client during numerous voluntary interviews. The Government has uncovered no evidence that your client violated federal law with respect to the House computer systems. Particularly, the Government has found no evidence that your client illegally removed House data from the House network or from House Members' offices, stole the House Democratic Caucus Server, stole or destroyed House information technology equipment, or improperly accessed or transferred government information, including classifed or sensitive information. [40]

Awan was sentenced on August 21, 2018, to three months of supervised release along with time served after pleading guilty to lying on a bank loan application.[41]

The Murder of Seth Rich

Seth Conrad Rich (January 3, 1989 – July 10, 2016) of the DNC, was shot in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C. on July 10, 2016, at 4:19:43. He was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead at 5:57 AM after emergency surgery.[1]

Four days after the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate President TrumpABC News reported the fake news story that the FBI did not investigate the murder of Seth Rich;[2] however on April 23, 2021 the FBI released 68 pages of over 1,000 documents in accordance with a court order to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request. The heavily redacted documents pertain more to the Mueller team than Rich. Additionally, the FBI has been in possession of Seth Rich's laptop since the murder occurred.[3] As of 2019, the Mueller team itself came under investigation by U.S. Attorney and Special Counsel John Durham for criminal activity.[4]

Personal background

DNC worker Seth Rich was born on January 3, 1989, to parents Joel and Mary Rich,[5] and murdered 27 years later on Sunday, July 10, 2016, around 4:19 AM in the Bloomingdale neighborhood near his home, shot at 2134 Flagler Pl NW, Washington DC 20001[6] at the Southwest corner of Flagler and W Street [7] in Northwest Washington DC[8] across from the Flagler Market which faces W Street.[9] It has been reported that the police were on the scene by 4:20 AM.[10] According to the police report, Rich was approached by two individuals.[11] According to Mary Rich, near the time of the murder, he had been engaged in conversation on the phone with his girlfriend when she heard some noise coming from Rich's phone. Rich told his girlfriend not to worry about it. Mary Rich concluded that "there had been a struggle" and that his hands, face, and knees were bruised.[12] Reportedly, detectives said that Seth had bruises on his face and knuckles.[13] Joel Rich reported that Seth's watchband was torn.[14] The particular intersection where Rich was killed has been rated on a Crime Risk scale (ranging on a spectrum from red as less safe to green as safer) as a "yellow" area, a little to the right of center, on the safer side of the scale.[15] Fox News has provided a video of a "Walk Through the Crime Scene."[16]

Rich was survived by an older brother named Aaron.[17] Rich had been raised in Omaha, Nebraska, belonging to a family said to be "a pillar of the Jewish community in Omaha." His father had been sometime president of the Beth El Synagogue, of which his grandfather had been a founding member.[18] He had been a student at the Friedel Jewish Academy and Central High School. Later while a student at Creighton University, he had worked with the US Census Bureau as well as the Nebraska Democratic Party, interning for Senator Ben Nelson. After graduating from Creighton in 2011,[19] Rich had obtained employment by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (a polling company) and relocated to Washington, DC. In Washington DC, Rich found employment for two years with the Democratic National Committee (DNC), where he developed a computer program that let people find their polling places by entering their names. By the time that he died, Rich had become Deputy Director of Data-for-Voter Protection/Expansion at the DNC.[20]

Murdered in DC

Main article: United States presidential election, 2016[21]

There in Washington DC, within about one minute after speaking on his cell phone with his sometime girlfriend, Kelsey Mulka, Seth Rich was shot.[22] "He was talking on the phone with his girlfriend when she heard noise on Rich's end of the line, Mary Rich said. Her son told his girlfriend not to worry about it."[23] The Washington Post published a record of Seth's cell phone calls that night (including early July 10, 2017):

Before Closing Time at Lou's Bar: Seth made 3 calls:
1) & 2) to Joel Rich (unanswered).
3) to a friend lasting 1 minute.
At Closing Time at Lou's Bar:
4) 1:21-1:33 Another friend called Seth, 12 minute call.
After Closing Time
5) 2:05-3:34 Seth called Kelsey Mulka, his girlfriend, who was in Michigan. They conversed for 89 minutes. Then the call was disconnected.
6) 3:36-4:19 (approx) Seth called Kelsey again, and they conversed for 43 minutes.
At about 4:19 a.m., Rich told Kelsey that he was nearly home and said, 'I gotta go,' according to Joel Rich (Seth's father), who has talked with Kelsey . . . ."[24]

This time log indicates that immediately or almost immediately after ending that call, he was in a fight, then quickly shot from behind, all possibly in less than 1 minute after call ended; then in about 1 minute after the shots police were on scene at 4:20.[25] Although there was a report that Seth had been shot twice in the head ,[26] he was evidently shot in the torso.[27] It has been theorized that the motive was a robbery, but neither his wallet nor his watch were taken, causing doubt that the motive was robbery.[28] The (tabloid style) Daily Mail Online says that the coroner's office confirmed the cause of death as gunshots to the torso.[29] Fox 5 reports that a witness near the scene, Mark Mueller, heard the shots and went to the scene. Mueller says, "He was conscious, & I saw him moving his hand, and uh then they carried him past me to the ambulance. I had to look at him to see if he was anybody that we knew from the neighborhood".[30] Consistent with Mueller, Seth's mother reports that he was alive and talking when the police arrived (about a minute later). This report with the lack of a head shot (and evidence of a fight), requires explanation if one entertains the hypothesis of a political assassination.

The Daily Mail also claims that prior to his death Rich had been at Lou's City Bar until around 1:45 AM where he was inebriated, but refused the offer of a ride home.[31] It is a walk of about 1.7 miles from Lou's City Bar to the corner where Rich was shot at about 4:19 AM with Rich's activities between 1:45 and 4:19 still under investigation as of August 18, 2016.[32] In contrast with the inebriation claims of the Daily Mail, witnesses at Lou's City Bar said that Rich had a couple drinks, which would likely have lost much of their effect in two hours. The general manager of Lou's bar stated that Rich was a "couple-of beers kind of guy," and that "despondent and drunk" was "just not Seth. I never saw him drunk or even tipsy."[33]

The walk home time has been estimated at 30 minutes, but whether or not Rich went to a second bar before heading towards home (2113 First St NW, DC 20001), remains to be shown. The Washington Post claims, ". . . a person who spoke to him that night and agreed to be interviewed on the condition of anonymity said he did not go [to the Wonderland Ballroom bar] . . . ."[34] Fox News has presented a video of Lou's bar and the neighborhood of that bar, also of the nearby Wonderland Ballroom bar, and what the possible walk-for-home route looks like.[35] (Sales and service of liquor Saturday-Sunday is limited to no later than 3 AM in Washington DC, by law.[36] The Wonderland Ballroom bar closed at 3 AM early Sunday morning if it was following the schedule posted on internet on August 21, 2016.)[37]

The police were aided in finding the location of the shooting by an auditory system in Washington DC called ShotSpotter.[38] Rich was yet conscious and breathing when the police found him. World News Daily reported that Vito Maggiolo (EMS public information officer) stated that Seth was transported to a hospital in Priority 1 condition (critical) in an ambulance ride of 6 minutes and 40 seconds.[39] But after emergency surgery, he was pronounced dead at 5:57 AM.[40] It has been reported that Rich's "favorite spot" was Lou's City Bar, where the bar put a plaque at his usual seat, either temporarily or permanently.[41]

On July 22 three days before the presidential Democrat ConventionWikiLeaks released a multitude of emails from "the top of" the Democratic National Committee (DNC),[42] emails which indicated that members of the DNC had given favorable treatment to Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary of 2016. After the Democratic primary, the leader of Wikileaks was interviewed by a Dutch television man; in that interview Julian Assange spoke about the dangers to their sources (whistle-blowers) who give information to WikiLeaks.

Rewards for information on the murder

At about the same time, Assange offered a reward of $20,000 for information concerning the murder of Seth Rich. But Assange did not directly assert that Seth Rich was the source of the email leaks, though he gave three very slight nods after being asked about Rich as the source. This $20,000 reward followed the reward of $25,000 offered by the Washington DC police.[43] These offers were followed in September, 2016, by a reward offer of $100,000 by Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman. [44]

Another reward was apparently offered back in August, 2016, at a site called WeSearchR which claimed to be collecting reward money.[45] As of 7 PM, August 18, 2016, WeSearchR claimed to have raised $20,040 to add to the police and Wikileaks reward. $20,000 of that sum was credited to Mike Cernovich.[46] However, the WeSearchR site had a disclaimer which may indicate that this reward collection was a joke or a scam.

Statements by Assange

Certain statements by Assange open the possibility that Seth Rich was a source (or a believed source) for Wikileaks.

1) "It’s, I think, interesting and acceptable to speculate who our sources are. But if we’re talking about the DNC, there’s lots of consultants that have access, lots of programmers."[47]

2) Julian Assange was interviewed for the Dutch television program Nieuwsuur by Twan Huys. Selected statements, (excerpts from a longer interview) in chronological order (omitting vocal pauses) are quoted below. A = Julian Assange; H = Twan Huys.

A: "We have a lot of material related to the . . . DNC." A: "We never discuss sources ruling them out, ruling them in, . . . ."

H: " . . . , does it matter that the source of these emails . . . is most likely from . . . , Russia . . . ?" A: "Well, that's false."

A: “Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks. 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, . . . .”

H: “That was just a robbery, I believe. Wasn’t it?” A: “No." "There’s no finding … I’m suggesting that our sources take risks.”

H: "But was he one of your sources then?" A: "We don't comment on who our sources are."[48]

H: “Then why make the suggestion about a young guy being shot in the streets of Washington?” A: “Because we have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States, and that our sources face serious risks. That’s why they come to us. So we can protect their anonymity.”

H: ". . . to suggest a murder, that's basically what you are doing." A: ". . . others have suggested that. We are investigating . . . with Seth Rich. . . . there's not a conclusion yet." A: "We are concerned about it, and more importantly, a variety of WikiLeaks sources are concerned when that kind of thing happens."

Soon after that interview on Twitter Wikileaks posted "a $20,000 reward for information leading to conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich."[49]

3) If the theory that it was a Russian hack which was the source the Wikileaks DNA emails, were confirmed, that might be used as an argument to discount Seth Rich as a Wikileaks source. However, in addition to Assange's direct denial of a Russian source, Assange argued against the Russian hack theory saying:

"Russia has been brought up . . . ." "There are claims that in the metadata (a digital trail of any changes made to a file) someone’s done a document to PDF conversion, and . . . , in some cases the language of the computer that was used for that conversion was Russian. "So . . . [that would be] circumstantial evidence that some Russian was involved or someone who wanted to make it look like a Russian was involved." "That’s not the case for the material that we released."[50]

Wikipedia bias

As of August 15, 2016, the article in En.wikipedia ("Murder of Seth Rich") had a motion to delete template on it, delete on grounds of not being notable, although at one point it was getting 1500 daily views. It was so allegedly unnotable that a strong debate was generated there on the talk page and on the Delete Articles section, where editors essentially "voted" to Keep vs. Delete, allegedly on the grounds of non-notability.[51] Among the arguments for deleting the article there was a repetitious reference to the talking point "conspiracy theory," though the article said nothing at all about a conspiracy theory. Also, as of August 17, 2016, the Wiki editor who started this article, was officially blocked by an administrator. His talk page said: "You have been blocked indefinitely from editing because it appears that you are not here to build an encyclopedia."[52] As of August 21, 2016, the motion to delete was denied on grounds of no consensus, although a derogatory false comment was attached attacking some of those who argued in favor of "Keep." Soon after, the article was summarily locked down until August 27, 2016, and a request for mediation was filed.

Despite the fact that the article was not deleted, several details about the murder were deleted from the article by the same editors who advocated for deletion,[53] leaving the article a rather short stub article. And as of August 24, 2016, there was a continuing debate and vote on the talk page of that article as to "Should this article mention the fact that WikiLeaks offered $20,000 in reward money for providing information regarding the perpetrator of this crime?" along with this template warning: "Template:Ds/talk notice," which warned: "This article is subject to discretionary sanctions."

On September 18, 2016, less than a month after the previous motion to delete failed, a second motion to delete was started by the same editors who tried to delete it the first time, but once again, on October 4, the motion to delete was denied, as there was "no consensus."[54]

Later reports

In May 2017, Fox News Channel reported that the FBI knew Seth Rich had made contact with WikiLeaks.[55] The liberal mainstream media have chosen not to cover this report, which was uncovered by Fox News.[56] The White House declined to comment on the revelations.[57] Rich's family and the D.C. police denied confirmation of reports.[58] Several questions, according to some news outlets, remained unanswered up to that time.[59] Fox News retracted the report several days later.[60] Conservative commentator on Fox News, Sean Hannity, did not retract anything he stated, noting the fact that liberals and Democrats themselves widely accepted and circulated conspiracy theories, most notably those regarding alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.[61] Because of Hannity's decision, liberal advertisers chose to pressure and bully him by pulling out their ads from his show.[62]

See also


  1. Jump up↑ Stephen Loiaconi, "WikiLeaks reward offer in DNC staffer's murder raises questions,ABC6, August 10, 2016. http://abc6onyourside.com/news/nation-world/wikileaks-reward-offer-in-dnc-staffers-murder-raises-questions
  2. Jump up↑ https://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/fbi-involved-seth-rich-case-officials/story?id=47565705
  3. Jump up↑ https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/fbi-releases-documents-on-investigation-into-death-of-democrat-national-committee-worker-seth-rich_3789686.html
  4. Jump up↑ https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/lawyers-rip-doj-investigation-of-mueller-probe-origins-obviously-corrupt-and-what-the-framers-feared/
  5. Jump up↑ CBS affiliate KMTV, Action 3 News Live at 10, "Parents of Seth Rich saddened by his death," YouTube video of parents (upload Jul 11, 2016), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vLAeTN960Q
  6. Jump up↑ SCRIBD, "Event 16113797 Public Incident Packet (1)", uploaded by Jessica McBride https://www.scribd.com/document/320691960/Event-16113797-Public-Incident-Packet-1
  7. Jump up↑ Pat Collins and Andrea Swalec, "27-Year-Old DNC Staffer Seth Rich Shot, Killed in Northwest DC," NBC Washington (July 11, 2016), http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Man-Shot-Killed-in-Northwest-DC-386316391.html
  8. Jump up↑ Peter Hermann; "Parents, D.C. police chief appeal for help in killing of DNC staffer in Bloomingdale" The Washington Post (August 4, [2016]) https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/parents-dc-police-chief-appeal-for-help-in-killing-of-dnc-staffer-in-bloomingdale/2016/08/04/e65b8c94-5a69-11e6-831d-0324760ca856_story.html
  9. Jump up↑ Google Maps
  10. Jump up↑ Independent, Infact, "Who is Seth Rich -- and Was His Death Connected to Hillary Clinton", May 16, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh2n0yDtbs4
  11. Jump up↑ Rod Wheeler, et al., "Walkthrough of crime scene where DNC staffer was murdered," Fox & Friends, Fox News (Aug. 11, 2016) https://video.foxnews.com/v/5079544790001/walkthrough-of-crime-scene-where-dnc-staffer-was-murdered/?#sp=show-clips
  12. Jump up↑ Collins and Swalec, http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Man-Shot-Killed-in-Northwest-DC-386316391.html
  13. Jump up↑ Joseph Morton, "D.C. police, family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich urge anyone with information about murder to come forward," Omaha World-Herald (Aug 5, 2016) http://www.omaha.com/news/crime/d-c-police-family-of-slain-dnc-staffer-seth-rich/article_dc98d83c-c674-5136-b681-b20d930fcb0c.html
  14. Jump up↑ Louise Boyle,"Murdered DNC staffer was about to join Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, reveals father," Daily Mail .com (August 24, 2016) https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3741754/Father-murdered-DNC-staffer-reveals-son-join-Hillary-Clinton-presidential-campaign-punching-hole-ugly-rumor-Wikileaks-source.html?login#readerCommentsCommand-message-field
  15. Jump up↑ "Real Estate in Bloomingdale > Crimes," Trulia [(c. July–August, 2016)] http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Bloomingdale-Washington/1798/crime/
  16. Jump up↑ Wheeler, et al., https://video.foxnews.com/v/5079544790001/walkthrough-of-crime-scene-where-dnc-staffer-was-murdered/?#sp=show-clips
  17. Jump up↑ Joseph Morton, "27-year-old Creighton grad, DNC staffer shot dead in D.C. wanted 'to try to save the world'," Omaha World-Herald (July 13, 2016) http://www.omaha.com/news/crime/year-old-creighton-grad-dnc-staffer-shot-dead-in-d/article_023644eb-87b4-5c36-be7b-3edf96d02ebe.html
  18. Jump up↑ Ari Feldman, "National Committee Staffer Shot Dead on Own Washington D.C. Block," Forward (July 11, 2016) http://forward.com/news/344698/promising-jewish-democratic-national-committee-staffer-shot-dead-on-own-was/
  19. Jump up↑ Obits: "Rich, Seth C." Omaha World-Herald (July 13, 2016) http://www.omaha.com/obits/rich-seth-c/article_957ece9b-67c3-53d6-b88b-0c78d813b299.html
  20. Jump up↑ Stan Green, "Assange: Was Seth Rich Shot by the DNC for releasing information to Wikileaks?" Santa Monica Observer (August 26, 2016) http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/08/26/news/assange-was-seth-rich-shot-by-the-dnc-for-releasing-information-to-wikileaks/1840.html
  21. Jump up↑ op. cit.
  22. Jump up↑ Louise Boyle, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3741754/Father-murdered-DNC-staffer-reveals-son-join-Hillary-Clinton-presidential-campaign-punching-hole-ugly-rumor-Wikileaks-source.html?login#readerCommentsCommand-message-field
  23. Jump up↑ Pat Collins and Andrea Swalec, "27-Year-Old DNC Staffer Seth Rich Shot, Killed in Northwest DC", 4NBCWashington (no date; probably July 11, 2016) http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Man-Shot-Killed-in-Northwest-DC-386316391.html
  24. Jump up↑ Manuel Roig-Franzia, "Seth Rich wasn’t just another D.C. murder victim. He was a meme in the weirdest presidential election of our times", The Washington Post (January 18, 2016) https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/seth-rich-wasnt-just-another-dc-murder-victim-he-was-a-meme-in-the-weirdest-presidential-election-of-our-times/2017/01/18/ee8e27f8-dcc0-11e6-918c-99ede3c8cafa_story.html?utm_term=.4a76a6cbeb58
  25. Jump up↑ Daniel Halper, "Julian Assange suggests DNC staffer was shot dead for being a 'source'," New York Post (August 10, 2016) http://nypost.com/2016/08/10/julian-assange-suggests-dnc-staffer-was-shot-dead-for-being-a-source/
  26. Jump up↑ Nick Allen, "WikiLeaks offers $20,000 reward over murder of Democrat staffer Seth Rich," The Telegraph (August 10, 2016) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/10/wikileaks-offers-20000-reward-over-murder-of-democrat-staffer-se/
  27. Jump up↑ Alana Goodman In Washington, Dc, Dailymail.com "EXCLUSIVE: The missing hours of murdered DNC staffer"(August 17, 2016) https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3743880/Alone-bar-guzzling-beer-depressed-trouble-girlfriend-newly-hired-Clinton-campaign-staffer-Seth-Rich-refused-ride-home-staggered-shocking-death.html#ixzz4jerxCMNf
  28. Jump up↑ Obituaries, "Seth Conrad Rich," The Jewish Press (posted July 20, 2016; issue July 22, 2016) http://www.jewishomaha.org/jewish-press/2016/seth-conrad-rich/; cf. "Kelsey Mulka," Friends page, Facebook (August, 2016) https://www.facebook.com/kmulka1/friends?pnref=lhc; "Kelsey Mulka," LinkedIn (August, 2016) https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelseymulka; Rachel Kurzius, "'We Need Your Help': Family Of Murdered DNC Staffer Pleas At Crime Scene," Dcist (August 5, 2016) http://dcist.com/2016/08/we_need_your_help_parents_of_murder.php; cf. Prince of Space, "To: TigerClaws," Freerepublic (August 12, 2016) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3458886/posts?page=97 [not a reliable source]; cf. modus_owens, [untitled comment], DNCLEAKS (August 12, 2016) [1] [not a reliable source].
  29. Jump up↑ Goodman, "EXCLUSIVE: The missing hours of murdered DNC staffer."
  30. Jump up↑ Fox 5 News, displayed on YouTube Channel CommonSense Avenger,"CSA #63 Seth Rich Timeline or 'Where is His Laptop' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eobj9qQc-S8&t=54s
  31. Jump up↑ Alana Goodman, "The missing hours of murdered DNC staffer," Daily Mail .com (August 17, 2016) https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3743880/Alone-bar-guzzling-beer-depressed-trouble-girlfriend-newly-hired-Clinton-campaign-staffer-Seth-Rich-refused-ride-home-staggered-shocking-death.html
  32. Jump up↑ Google Maps (August, 2016)
  33. Jump up↑ Jeff Stein, "Seth Rich: inside the killing of the DNC staffer," Newsweek (August 20, 2016) http://www.newsweek.com/seth-rich-murder-dnc-hack-julian-assange-hillary-clinton-donald-trump-492084
  34. Jump up↑ Manuel Roig-Franzia, "Seth Rich wasn’t just another D.C. murder victim. He was a meme in the weirdest presidential election of our times", The Washington Post (January 18, 2016) https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/seth-rich-wasnt-just-another-dc-murder-victim-he-was-a-meme-in-the-weirdest-presidential-election-of-our-times/2017/01/18/ee8e27f8-dcc0-11e6-918c-99ede3c8cafa_story.html?utm_term=.4a76a6cbeb58
  35. Jump up↑ Marina Marraco, "What happened during final hours slain DNC employee Seth Rich was alive?" Fox 5 (August 18, 2016) http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/193631067-story
  36. Jump up↑ District of Columbia Official Code Title 25, Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration; and District of Columbia Municipal Regulations Title 23; Alcoholic Beverages (Revised March, 2016) PDF
  37. Jump up↑ The Wonderland Bar, "Business Hours," http://www.thewonderlandballroom.com/hours-and-location/
  38. Jump up↑ Stan Green, "Assange: Was Seth Rich Shot by the DNC for releasing information to Wikileaks?" Santa Monica Observer (August 26, 2016) http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/08/26/news/assange-was-seth-rich-shot-by-the-dnc-for-releasing-information-to-wikileaks/1840.html
  39. Jump up↑ Alicia Powe, "1st Responders: Seth Rich was 'Critical' in Our Ambulance". WorldNewsDaily.com (June 7, 2017), https://www.wnd.com/2017/06/1st-responders-seth-rich-was-critical-in-our-ambulance/
  40. Jump up↑ Stephen Loiaconi, "WikiLeaks reward offer in DNC staffer's murder raises questions,ABC6, August 10, 2016. http://abc6onyourside.com/news/nation-world/wikileaks-reward-offer-in-dnc-staffers-murder-raises-questions; Adam Shrier, "Democratic National Committee staffer killed in Washington, D.C. shooting," New York Daily News (July 11, 2016) http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/washington-dnc-staffer-seth-conrad-rich-shot-killed-article-1.2707538
  41. Jump up↑ Louise Boyle, "Murdered DNC staffer was about to join Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, reveals father," Daily Mail .com (August 16, 2016) https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3741754/Father-murdered-DNC-staffer-reveals-son-join-Hillary-Clinton-presidential-campaign-punching-hole-ugly-rumor-Wikileaks-source.html?login#readerCommentsCommand-message-field; Scott Roberts, " At Lou's City Bar last night: celebrating Seth Rich's life well-lived," Bloomingdale (August 4, 2016) http://bloomingdaleneighborhood.blogspot.com/2016/08/at-lous-city-bar-celebrating-seth-richs.html.
  42. Jump up↑ Tom Hamburger and Karen Tumulty, "WikiLeaks releases thousands of documents about Clinton and internal deliberations," The Washington Post (July 22, [2016]) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/07/22/on-eve-of-democratic-convention-wikileaks-releases-thousands-of-documents-about-clinton-the-campaign-and-internal-deliberations/
  43. Jump up↑ Obituaries, "Seth Conrad Rich," The Jewish Press (posted July 20, 2016; issue July 22, 2016) http://www.jewishomaha.org/jewish-press/2016/seth-conrad-rich/; cf. "Kelsey Mulka," Friends page, Facebook (August, 2016) https://www.facebook.com/kmulka1/friends?pnref=lhc; Hannah Parry and Wills Robinson, "Parents of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich ask for help three weeks after he was gunned down on D.C. street" Daily Mail .com (August 4–5, 2016) https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3724508/Parents-slain-DNC-staffer-Seth-Rich-ask-help-three-weeks-slain-DC-street.html; Chris Harris, "Friends of Slain DNC Staffer Seth Rich Remember Him as 'Honest' and 'Self-Sacrificing," People (July 13, 2016) http://www.people.com/article/friends-remember-dnc-staffer-seth-richhttps://abcnews.go.com/US/dnc-staffer-killed-wanted-make-difference-family/story?id=40551800; Nick Allen, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/10/wikileaks-offers-20000-reward-over-murder-of-democrat-staffer-se/; "Assange implies murdered DNC staffer was WikiLeaks' source" Fox News (August 10, 2016) https://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/08/10/assange-implies-murdered-dnc-staffer-was-wikileaks-source.html.
  44. Jump up↑ fox5dc.com staff. "Republican lobbyist offers $100K reward in murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich" (SEP 14 2016) http://www.fox5dc.com/news/205324045-story; PR News Channel (September 14, 2016) http://www.prnewschannel.com/2016/09/14/gop-lobbyist-offers-100000-reward-in-dnc-staffers-death/
  45. Jump up↑ WeSearchr (August, 2016) https://www.wesearchr.com/contact
  46. Jump up↑ "Who Murdered 27-Year-Old DNC Staffer Seth Rich?" WeSearchr (August, 2016) https://www.wesearchr.com/bounties/who-murdered-27-year-old-dnc-staffer-seth-rich
  47. Jump up↑ Charisse Van Horn, "Was Seth Rich Assassinated" Inquisitor (August 10, 2016) http://www.inquisitr.com/3400412/was-seth-rich-assassinated-wikileaks-posts-reward-in-murder-case-some-speculate-rich-was-dnc-leaker/#mJIikLwBByFOMhuv.99
  48. Jump up↑ Cf. ‪Twitter, @AbrahamLincthun, replying to ‪‪@Real_Assange "It is easy to account 4 a couple of intended Robbers not taking anything & running. But ur nods seem significant" ‪#SethRich 9:51 PM - 1 Jul 2017 1 Like [by Assange] -- Assange had made 3 slight nods during interview which seemed to confirm Seth Rich as Wikileaks source. [emphasis editor]
  49. Jump up↑ @Wikileaks, Twitter, (August 9, 2016) Nieuwsuur (August 9, [2016]) http://nos.nl/nieuwsuur/artikel/2124316-assange-belooft-nieuwe-onthullingen-over-clinton.html?title=assange-belooft-nieuwe-onthullingen-over-clinton
  50. Jump up↑ "Seth Rich murder: Julian Assange suggests link to DNC emails leak, WikiLeaks offers reward for information about staffer's death," Belfast Telegraph (August 10, 2016) http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/seth-rich-murder-julian-assange-suggests-link-to-dnc-emails-leak-wikileaks-offers-reward-for-information-about-staffers-death-34955137.html -- This source may have a video of the neighborhood in which Rich was killed.
  51. Jump up↑ WP:AFD/Murder of Seth Rich
  52. Jump up↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:TradingJihadist
  53. Jump up↑ WP:AFD/Talk:Murder of Seth Rich
  54. Jump up↑ Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Murder of Seth Rich (2nd nomination)
  55. Jump up↑ Zimmerman, Malia (May 16, 2017). Seth Rich, slain DNC staffer, had contact with WikiLeaks, say multiple sourcesFox News. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  56. Jump up↑ Kew, Ben (May 16, 2017). Silence from Establishment Media over Seth Rich WikiLeaks ReportBreitbart News. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  57. Jump up↑ Spiering, Charlie (May 16, 2017). White House: No Comment on Ongoing Seth Rich InvestigationBreitbart News. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  58. Jump up↑ Noble, Andrea (May 16, 2017). Family, police deny reports linking slain DNC staffer to WikiLeaksThe Washington Times. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  59. Jump up↑ Nash, Charlie (May 16, 2017). 4 Unanswered Questions Surrounding Murdered DNC Staffer Seth RichBreitbart News. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  60. Jump up↑ Statement on coverage of Seth Rich murder investigationFox News. May 23, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  61. Jump up↑ Concha, Joe (May 23, 2017). Hannity on Seth Rich coverage: ‘I retracted nothing’The Hill. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  62. Jump up↑ Kew, Ben (May 24, 2017). Advertisers Bow to Activist Left, Begin Pulling Ads from HannityBreitbart News. Retrieved May 24, 2017.

See also


  1. Jump up↑ https://youtu.be/-lcy6KlGg6E
  2. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2018/07/02/awan-memo-server-vanished/
  3. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2018/07/03/awan-cybersecurity-not-charged/?utm_medium=push&utm_source=daily_caller&utm_campaign=push
  4. Jump up↑ https://truepundit.com/rigged-awan-plea-deal-for-petty-bank-fraud-gives-immunity-for-computer-crimes-in-congress/
  5. Jump up↑ https://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/house-staffers-investigation-equipment-234586
  6. Jump up↑ http://nypost.com/2017/03/04/capitol-hill-staffers-probed-for-theft-worked-for-nyc-congressmen/
  7. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2017/02/04/exclusive-house-intelligence-it-staffers-fired-in-computer-security-probe/#ixzz4b5enE6c9
  8. Jump up↑ https://observer.com/2017/02/imran-awan-democrat-debbie-wasserman-schultz-criminal-investigation/
  9. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2017/03/09/suspect-in-house-it-security-probe-also-had-access-to-dnc-emails/n
  10. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2017/02/20/exclusive-house-dem-it-guys-in-security-probe-secretly-took-100k-in-iraqi-money/
  11. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2017/03/09/suspect-in-house-it-security-probe-also-had-access-to-dnc-emails/
  12. Jump up↑ http://www.americanow.com/story/society/2017/02/06/muslim-spy-ring-linked-navy-seals-death
  13. Jump up↑ http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-01/house-democrats-delayed-dismissal-it-staff-hackers-because-they-were-muslim-american
  14. Jump up↑ https://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/house-staff-criminal-investigation-234714
  15. Jump up↑ *https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/wikileaks-emails-show-dnc-favored-hillary-clinton-over_us_57930be0e4b0e002a3134b05
    *https://m.facebook.com/DNCfraudlawsuit/ *http://www.anonews.co/whistleblower-found-murdered/
  16. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2017/03/15/paul-ryan-house-it-scandal-probe-getting-outside-help/
  17. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2017/03/13/house-hacking-suspects-could-read-every-email-dozens-of-congressmen-sent-and-received/
  18. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2017/05/21/house-it-aides-fear-suspects-in-hill-breach-are-blackmailing-members-with-their-own-data/
  19. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2017/05/21/house-it-aides-fear-suspects-in-hill-breach-are-blackmailing-members-with-their-own-data/
  20. Jump up↑ https://youtu.be/Gvke6harBjc
  21. Jump up↑ https://www.citizensforethics.org/press-release/gregory-meeks-named-most-corrupt-member-of-congress/
  22. Jump up↑ http://congressional-staff.insidegov.com/l/22830/Imran-Awan
  23. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2017/03/01/pakistani-suspects-in-house-it-probe-received-4-million-from-dem-reps/
  24. Jump up↑ https://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/house-democrats-it-staffers-hina-alvi-imran-awan-235569
  25. Jump up↑ https://m.facebook.com/TimCanovaFL/posts/1851103228549373
  26. Jump up↑ https://observer.com/2017/05/debbie-wasserman-schultz-capitol-police-investigation-imran-awan/
  27. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2017/05/24/wasserman-schultz-threatened-police-chief-for-gathering-evidence-on-her-it-staffers-alleged-crimes/
  28. Jump up↑ https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3516620-Abid-Awan-s-stepmother-calls-the-police-on-the.html
  29. Jump up↑ http://nypost.com/2017/05/28/criminal-probe-on-capitol-hill-staffers-remains-eerie/
  30. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2017/04/30/stepmom-says-house-it-scandal-figure-threatened-kidnappings-of-pakistani-kin/
  31. Jump up↑ https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3679673-20170414-Complaint.html
  32. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2017/02/21/congressional-computer-admins-in-criminal-probe-owed-money-to-hezbollah-connected-fugitive/
  33. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2017/02/20/exclusive-house-dem-it-guys-in-security-probe-secretly-took-100k-in-iraqi-money/
  34. Jump up↑ https://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/house-staff-criminal-investigation-234714
  35. Jump up↑ https://dailycaller.com/2017/05/22/sources-democratic-aide-suspected-of-major-security-breach-under-government-protection-in-pakistan/
  36. Jump up↑ Congressional Record, March 10, 2017. "Politico reported that Imran and his wife, Hina Alvi, are personal friends with the former DNC chair, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, when she was subject to an email hack that was blamed on the Russians.
    This article is dated March 8. Apparently, Imran still hasn't been fired, even though he was banned from the House network, but that has been circumvented by having him serving as an adviser."
  37. Jump up↑ https://www.forbes.com/sites/frankminiter/2017/07/26/this-exploding-dnc-story-is-crazier-than-fiction-maybe-rep-wasserman-schultz-can-explain/#598533174414
  38. Jump up↑ https://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/25/debbie-wasserman-schultz-aide-arrest-240960?mid=89339&rid=33044660
  39. Jump up↑ https://www.npr.org/2018/07/04/625886351/plea-deal-for-former-congressional-it-staffer-debunks-right-wing-conspiracy-theo
  40. Jump up↑ https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4572468/Imran-Awan-Plea-Agreement.pdf
  41. Jump up↑ https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/former-democratic-it-staffer-imran-awan-avoids-jail-time