Updated: May 29, 2018
On July 22, 2016, Wikileaks published the first of the emails taken early that year from the Democratic National Committee’s mail servers.
However, no evidence supporting this conclusion has been made available for public review.
Multiple U.S. intelligence agencies have also expressed agreement with Crowdstrike and the DNC that the hacking operation bore the hallmarks of Russian operatives. However, at this time, it appears neither the FBI nor the NSA has ever physically examined the DNC’s servers.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh allegedly attributed the email leak to former DNC employee Seth Rich. Although Hersh allegedly made this statement during a secretly recorded conversation, no physical evidence has been made available to the public to support the claim Seth Rich or any other DNC insider was involved in the leak.
(editor’s note: on this date, less than an hour after the first DNC emails were published, the FBI also announced a $10,000 reward for information about guns stolen from one of its special agents the night Seth Rich was murdered in Washington D.C. The reported time of this crime in the FBI’s press release differs from the time it was originally reported to have occurred.)