Several right wing-leaning news blogs are claiming that the set of John Podesta emails contained in the latest batch of 2,000 WikiLeaks emails released on Thursday includes one that appears to make a reference to an assassination plot.
The email from Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager and former White House chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, was sent four days before conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead under circumstances that many conservatives considered suspicious.
According to True Pundit, while its investigators were searching through the John Podesta emails, they stumbled upon an email dated Tuesday, February 9, 2016, that allegedly appeared to make a reference an assassination four days before Justice Scalia died.
The conservative Supreme Court Associate Justice died overnight on February 12-13, at the age of 79, after spending a day quail hunting and dining with guests at the Cibolo Creek Ranch near Shafter, in Texas, the Inquisitr reported.
Conservative bloggers argued at the time that the circumstances of Scalia's death were suspicious and that evidence suggested he was murdered to facilitate a liberal agenda to take over the U.S. by filling Supreme Court seats with left-leaning justices before the expiration of President Barack's Obama's final term in office.
Dark rumors that circulated in the conservative blogosphere claimed that when Obama learned of Scalia's death several hours before it became public knowledge, he was "thrilled" at the opportunity to appoint a left-leaning judge to replace Scalia before leaving office.
True Pundit claims that new evidence from the newly released WikiLeaks email may have proved the "conspiracy theory" allegations of foul play in the death of Scalia.
True Pundit claims that its investigators, who had served with various U.S. intelligence agencies, stumbled upon the term "wet works" in a "cryptic" email Podesta sent to Democratic strategist D.C. lobbyist Steve Elmendorf on February 9, 2016.
"Didn't think wet works meant pool parties at the Vineyard," Podesta wrote.
"I am all in Sounds like it will be a bad nite, we all need to buckle up and double down," Elmendorf responded.
According to True Pundit, the term "wet works" is an intelligence slang or euphemism that has Russian KGB roots. It is used in reference to a plot to murder or assassinate a public figure.
The word "wet" is an allusion to the spilling of blood. Variations of the term include "wet job," "wet operation," and "wet affair."
"The term wet work is an intelligence slang term with Russian roots... it means to assassinate a public figure, diplomat or someone of political note."The words "pool" and "Vineyard" may have been cryptic references to the Cibolo Creek ranch resort in Shafter, Texas, where Scalia died, according to the blog Tell Me Now.
The ranch had a pool and a vineyard, Tell Me Now claims.
Speculation flourished online about what Elmendorf might have meant when he said, "I am in," and "Sound like it will be a bad nite."
"We do not want to go down the conspiracy rabbit hole here based on one or two comments," True Pundit noted guardedly. "However, Podesta's email was sent on a Tuesday and by Friday -- three days later -- Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia was found dead at a remote Texas resort."
The apparent reference to an assassination a few days before Scalia was found dead while attending a gathering at a remote Texas resort, according to True Pundit, raises a red flag.
"We are not alleging Podesta or Elmendorf played a role in Scalia's death... making such a leap is how news sites get a reputation for spreading conspiracy theories."Conservative bloggers have claimed that the apparent haste, following Scalia's death, to declare that it was due to "natural causes" was suspicious and raised concerns but about foul play.
True Pundit listed some of the elements of the circumstances surrounding Scalia's death that allegedly raised suspicions that it may have been a politically-motivated murder.
"No autopsy.Still struggling to avoid "jumping to conclusions," True Pundit insisted that the timing and content of the email was very suspicious and merits closer investigation, at least to determine what "wet works" Podesta was referencing in his "cryptic" communication.
No medical examiner on site to decipher cause of death.
No U.S. Marshal protection detail accompanying Scalia.
No functioning CCTV cameras on day of death.
Scalia found clothed on bed with pillow over face.
Scalia's body mysteriously cremated before it could be examined.
Resort owner large Obama contributor."
"We are not alleging Podesta or Elmendorf played a role in Scalia's death," True Pundit declared. "But neither are doing themselves any favors by discussing the topic via email either. And the timing cannot be ignored, even by partisan detectives. Simply put: The optics look very bad."
The blog argued that even if Podesta had meant to use the term "wet works" only jokingly and not in relation to an assassination, it betrayed "poor judgment" on his part.
"When public officials and Beltway insiders, especially those working for Hillary Clinton, start and correspond to an assassination-themed email thread, they open themselves up wide for criticisms," the blog commented. "Likewise this is the definition of poor judgment by both parties, discussing anything related, jokingly or not, to assassination."
"In a functioning Republic where law and order prevail, the FBI would want some answers too to the questions we are posing here," the blog concluded.
"If Scalia was in fact murdered, it will remain a secret under this current regime and a subsequent Clinton presidency. That's not a conspiracy theory."However, several other right wing-leaning blogs were not so guarded in their interpretation of the email.
Under a "Breaking News" headline that screamed, "Wikileaks exposes the Assassination of Scalia and it could bring down the Clintons and the Democratic Party!" Red State Watcher made an urgent call to its conservative readers to share and help spread the latest alleged evidence of foul play in Scalia's death.
"For Trump's sake, please share this to get the word out. The corruption is immense! We need Trump elected to save our country!""The internet is blowing up over a document regarding Supreme Court Justice Scalia," Gateway Pundit announced. "A new theory has emerged that Hillary Clinton and her lackeys are linked to Justice Scalia's death."
Alex Jones YouTube channel also uploaded a video (see above) commentary titled "Is Scalia Assassination Referenced In Wikileaks Emails?"
"Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta used a term known to reference assassination in an email sent to a lobbyist days before Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's mysterious death," the YouTube channel announced.
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