#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

#94 | John Mark Dougan: Police Corruption, Whistleblowing, & Escaping The Country

John Mark Dougan, our guest for this episode, is a former police officer from Palm Beach County, Florida, and while serving his time there witnessed corruption and gross misuse of police authority within his department, which eventually lead to his resignation from police work in 2009. 

After his time ended as a police officer, John started PBSOtalk in 2010, a whistleblower website created as a means for individuals working in Palm Beach County law enforcement to anonymously and safely release information to the public, without out fear of reprisal.

In 2015 John posted on the website audio recordings of phone calls between a Palm Beach County detective and an unidentified woman, revealing targeted retaliations and investigations against the Sheriff’s political enemies, including John. Shortly after this, thousands of confidential documents revealing the private information of government agents, judges and police officers were leaked on the site. The FBI and Palm Beach County police department raided John’s home, confiscating his computer and other belongings.

Fearing arrest, John cleverly managed to sneaked his way out of the United States into Canada, eventually making his way to Moscow, Russia where he has resided since 2016.

Episode Notes:

- Learn more about PBSOtalk at the website: http://pbsotalk.ru

- Listen to the audio recordings and other information discussed in this episode here: http://wiki.pbsotalk.ru

- For a more concise interview with John, listen to this: https://soundcloud.com/radiosputnik/weekend-special-the-price-of-truth-with-john-mark-dougan

- The song featured in this episode is "Fishin' Blues" by Taj Mahal from the album Giant Step.