Tuesday, May 22, 2018
UPDATE: FEC Records Show DNC Issued Checks to CrowdStrike Day After Murder of Seth Rich, Shawn Lucas
by Alicia Powe May 21, 2018 354 Comments
Federal Election Commission records show that CrowdStrike, an FBI contractor and private cyber security firm, received a $98,849.84 check from the Democratic National Committee the day after slain DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered.
Rich, 27, worked as the voter expansion data director at the DNC for two years. Rich had been working for the DNC at a time when emails from the organization were provided to WikiLeaks for publication.
The series of emails revealed that high-ranking DNC officials and the Clinton team sabotaged Sanders’ candidacy, used racist, anti-gay and sexist slurs when referring to constituents. The emails, indicating the party was manipulating the primary race in favor of Clinton, led to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation as DNC chair.
Seth Rich had just accepted a job with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign before he was killed near his apartment in an affluent Washington, D.C. neighborhood.
In the summer of 2016, in the heat of a highly contentious presidential campaign, Rich was fatally shot twice in the back, and his wallet, credit cards, watch and phone were left in his possession. Still, the Metropolitan Police Department has described his murder as a “botched robbery.”
Private investigators, however, have previously claimed Rich was the source WikiLeaks used to obtain thousands of DNC emails released on the eve of the party’s presidential nominating convention last July.
Less than a month after Rich was murdered, attorney Shawn Lucas, 38, was found dead in his bathroom on Aug. 2nd, 2016.
The next day, CrowdStrike received a check for $113,645.77 from the DNC.
Lucas delivered a lawsuit to DNC headquarters for a local court in early July 2016. The suit alleged the Democratic Party committed fraud by rigging their primary election in favor of Hillary Clinton.
The source of the checks is the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
According to Heavy, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of Washington, D.C., said in November 2016 that Lucas’ Aug. 2 death was accidental and was caused by the “combined adverse effects of fentanyl [a synthetic opioid pain medication], cyclobenzaprine [a muscle relaxant], and mitragynine [better known as kraton].”
CrowdStrike’s computer software customers include Congress, the White House, the State Department, Democratic National Committee, SONY, and Google.
Following WikiLeaks’ publication of DNC and Clinton campaign emails, DNC officials refused to avail the DNC server to the FBI for forensic examination, which would determine when the server was breached or whether the server was actually hacked.
The Obama Justice Dept. never took custody of the server — no subpoena, no search warrant. Former FBI Director James Comey said last year that the DNC had denied the bureau’s requests to examine the breached server.
CrowdStrike was the only one to access the DNC’s computer systems.
Google, which gave millions of dollars to the Clinton campaign and was under fire during the election for manipulating and suppressing negative search results for Clinton, is one of CrowdStrike’s primary investors.
Rich and Lucas are among 33 people associated with the Clintons who have died mysterious and often violent deaths.
UPDATE: America First Media first reported on the DNC’s conspicuous payments to CrowdStrike in September.