#124 | The Man In DC: Seth Rich, The DNC, & Wikileaks w/ John Mark Dougan

In this episode, I speak with John Mark Dougan, whistleblower and founder of the whistleblower website PBSOtalk. We discuss the recent claims John has made regarding his connection to Seth Rich, an employee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) who was murdered in the early morning July 10th 2016, a block away from his home in Washington D.C., in what has been officially classified as an "attempted robbery" by the local police department (although nothing was found to be stolen). About a month later after this event, during an interview on the Dutch television program Nieuwsuur, Julian Assange, founder and editor of Wikileaks, alluded to the source of the DNC email leaks (the first batch of the leaks was released July 2016) as potentially being Seth Rich. Assange did not directly state that Rich was the source of the leaks, but did bring up Rich’s murder during the interview and stated “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 to protect their anonymity.” Wikileaks also posted a $20,000 reward for anybody who could provide more information behind the case. 

John claims, in this interview, right before he fled the United States (learn more about John’s story in episode #94 of this podcast), that he met with Seth Rich, and during their meeting John received a flash drive containing emails from the DNC. If the claims made by John regarding this case (and what is mentioned above is only a part of it) are proven to be true,  it would up-end much of the “Russiagate” theory being promulgated by the U.S. media and the Democratic Party. It would prove that the source of the leak would have come from within the Democratic Party itself, and not by Russian hackers. Potentially, it would also mean that the murder of Seth Rich may be related to his alleged involvement with this leak. The implications are vast, so I'll leave it to you, dear listener, to make of it what you will.

John Mark Dougan is a former police officer, whistleblower, and founder of PBSOtalk, an online forum dedicated to exposing police corruption within the Palm Beach County Police Department. John’s very interesting and peculiar story was covered in episode #94 of this podcast (link to episode down below).

Episode Notes:

- To get more information and context on what is discussed in this episode, please take the time to listen to my conversation with John in episode #94 of this podcast, titled "John Mark Dougan: Police Corruption, Whistleblowing, & Escaping The Country." You can listen to it here: https://bit.ly/2sHoz9h

- John has revamped his website PBSOtalk: https://pbsotalk.org

- The opening of this episode features an excerpt of Julian Assange’s interview on the Dutch television program Nieuwsuur, published in August 2016. Source: https://youtu.be/Kp7FkLBRpKg