It all started with Shawn Henry and Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike, who were brought in to clean up the mess in 2015.
But CrowdStrike bit off more than they could chew. Eventually, Alperovitch was forced to use former FBI undercover assets, now living in Ukraine, to “hack” the DNC with APT malware.
Yes, the DNC was hacked. WikiLeaks even admitted that there were “dozens” of hacks. This time, however, was different. The “hack” was commissioned from the inside and it was led by Alperovitch.
This is not mutually exclusive of Seth Rich. In fact, by this point WikiLeaks already had the leaked HRC material. Assange boasted about it on June 12, 2016. This public announcement forced HRC to green light Alperovitch’s “hack” of the DNC. He did it with Ukrainian malware (native to Russia) and Ukrainian assets (former FBI) in order to paint a scenario where Russia was the culprit in collusion with Trump.