The list of people associated with Hillary Clinton who have died of coincidental, accidental and suicidal deaths has grown extensively over the years and it appears there is a new addition.
A Republican operative who was looking into the deleted emails Hillary Clinton kept on her private server died of an apparent suicide after making a stunning claim about them.
Peter W. Smith, a well-known Republican researcher, was trying to locate the 33,000 emails that Hillary deleted off of her private server. Clinton did not just delete them – she used BleachBit which is a program used to “prevent recovery” of deleted files.
Peter W. Smith with former general Mike Flynn at the White House
According to the Wall Street Journal, Smith talked to several different groups of hackers, and claims to have been able to obtain the deleted emails.
In conversations with members of his circle and with others he tried to recruit to help him, Smith implied that he was working with retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, who at the time was a senior adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump.
From The Blaze:
The report said Smith implied to associates that Flynn was somehow associated with the attempt to obtain hacked emails. Flynn was a senior adviser to Trump at the time.
The Journal quoted Eric York, an Atlanta-area computer-security expert, who said Smith told him Flynn was interested in their efforts.
“He said, ‘I’m talking to Michael Flynn about this—if you find anything, can you let me know?’” York told the Journal.
The White House denied comment on the story, while a Trump campaign official denied Smith ever worked for the campaign in any capacity and that Flynn would have been operating as a “private individual” if he had any contact with Smith.
Smith himself admitted he did not work for the Trump campaign.
But that’s not all – the juiciest part of the story comes at the end, where the Wall Street Journal reported Smith alleged to have some or all of the 33,000 emails, but couldn’t personally guarantee their authenticity so he never published them.
In the interview with the Journal, Mr. Smith said he and his colleagues found five groups of hackers who claimed to possess Mrs. Clinton’s deleted emails, including two groups he determined were Russians.
“We knew the people who had these were probably around the Russian government,” Mr. Smith said.
Mr. Smith said after vetting batches of emails offered to him by hacker groups last fall, he couldn’t be sure enough of their authenticity to leak them himself. “We told all the groups to give them to WikiLeaks,” he said. WikiLeaks has never published those emails or claimed to have them.
Mr. Smith said he never intended to pay for any emails found by hackers.
He said he understood the risk in publishing the emails himself. If, under public scrutiny, they proved not to be genuine, “people would say we made them up,” he said, and the whole project would be dismissed as a Republican hit job on the Clinton campaign. In the early 1990s, Mr. Smith helped publicize Arkansas state troopers’ claims that then-Gov. Bill Clinton had enlisted them to arrange trysts with women, an unproven allegation denied by the Clinton White House.
Smith and one of his associates said they had a line of communication with Mr. Flynn and his consulting company.
In one Smith email reviewed by the Journal, intended to entice outside experts to join his work, he offered to make introductions to Mr. Flynn’s son, Michael G. Flynn, who worked as chief of staff in his father’s company. Mr. Smith’s email mentioned the son among a small number of other people he said were helping.
In phone conversations, Smith told a computer expert he was in direct contact with Flynn and his son Michael, according to this expert. The person said an anti-Clinton research document prepared by Smith’s group identified Michael Flynn as someone associated with the effort. The expert said that based on his conversations with Smith, he understood the elder Flynn to be coordinating with Smith’s group in his capacity as a Trump campaign adviser.
We know that Flynn was being wiretapped because there was the leak that forced him to resign as a result of lying to Vice President Pence about whether he discussed sanctions in a December telephone call with a Russian diplomat.
As I said earlier, Smith died just ten days after talking to the Journal about his findings. Even though he was 81 years old, it’s evident through his work and active lifestyle that his health was not that bad.
Attempts to figure out how Smith passed away have turned up little results. Only his obituary from the Chicago Tribune could be found, and it made no reference to how he may have died.
No matter how you look at this – the ties to Hillary Clinton cannot be denied.
Read the ‘Clinton Dead Pool: 33 Most Intriguing Cases Of ‘Coincidental, Accidental’ And ‘Suicidal’ Deaths’and decide for yourself if this is another coincidental death of someone who dared to defy the Clinton’s.