Who Is Lying About The Murder Of Seth Rich?

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A controversial investigator has reported that former DNC staffer Seth Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks before his murder in July 2016.

On Tuesday, Fox5 in Washington D.C. released a new report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks prior to his murder in July 2016. The report claims a private investigator hired by Rich’s family has found tangible evidence of a connection to Rich and WikiLeaks. According to D.C. police, Rich was shot twice in the back as part of a botched robbery in D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighborhood. Curiously, Rich’s wallet, money, and an expensive watch were not taken during this robbery attempt. Only 12 days after Rich’s death, WikiLeaks began releasing thousands of hacked emails from the DNC. The apparent hacker behind the leaks is a character known as Guccifer 2.0 who claimed to have accessed the emails via a vulnerability in DNC servers.

However, after the damaging emails became public, the deadstream media and Democratic power players denounced the leaks, calling them “fake news,” and accusing the Russian government of being involved in the hacks. Meanwhile, opponents of Hillary and supporters of WikiLeaks began speculating on the possibility of Rich’s death being connected to the DNC leaks. Now there is more fuel to that fire as Fox5 D.C. released an interview with private investigator Rod Wheeler, claiming that evidence “on Rich’s laptop that confirms he was communicating with WikiLeaks prior to his death.”

Fox 5 reports:

Wheeler, a former D.C. police homicide detective, is running a parallel investigation into Rich’s murder. He said he believes there is a cover-up and the police department has been told to back down from the investigation.

“The police department nor the FBI have been forthcoming,” said Wheeler. “They haven’t been cooperating at all. I believe that the answer to solving his death lies on that computer, which I believe is either at the police department or either at the FBI. I have been told both.”

When we asked Wheeler if his sources have told him there is information that links Rich to Wikileaks, he said, “Absolutely. Yeah. That’s confirmed.”

Wheeler told Fox5 that he has “a source inside the police department” who claims officers were told to “stand down” in regards to Seth Rich’s murder. On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Rich family said Wheeler was not authorized to speak for them and said his claims were “unsubstantiated.”

We are a family who is committed to facts, not fake evidence that surfaces every few months to fill the void and distract law enforcement and the general public from finding Seth’s murderers. The services of the private investigator who spoke to press was offered to the Rich family and paid for by a third party, and contractually was barred from speaking to press or anyone outside of law enforcement or the family unless explicitly authorized by the family.

However, spokesman Brad Bauman noted that even if emails do surface it does not necessarily mean Seth Rich worked with WikiLeaks.

“Even if tomorrow, an email was found, it is not a high enough bar of evidence to prove any interactions as emails can be altered and we’ve seen that those interested in pushing conspiracies will stop at nothing to do so,” Bauman said. “We are a family who is committed to facts, not fake evidence that surfaces every few months to fill the void and distract law enforcement and the general public from finding Seth’s murderers.”

Let’s pause for a moment and look at two important pieces of information. First, the “family spokesman” is actually a professional Democrat crisis PR consultant with the Pastorum Group, a recently formed consulting firm.

To say that Bauman might have a bias when speaking for the Rich family is putting it mildly. Bauman specifically works in crisis management for the Democratic Party and the DNC leaks have by far been the most disastrous scandal to hit the party in the post-9/11 era. Is it that difficult to imagine the Democrats placing one of their crisis management experts in front of the Rich family? If so, Bauman could act as a barrier to prevent the family from looking further into what they have so far called “baseless conspiracy theories.

The second point of note is that Rod Wheeler, the private investigator interviewed by Fox5, has a history of appearing on Fox News as an expert in a variety of fields. One interview he conducted with Bill O’Reilly centered around an alleged rise in “lesbian gangs” attacking people. As the Southern Poverty Law Center writes (note: I can’t stand the SLPC for their propaganda mongering as much as the next free thinker, but facts are facts):

Confronted by the Intelligence Report, Wheeler was unable, in several phone and E-mail exchanges over a two-day period, to specify a single law enforcement agency or officer, police report, media account or any other source he relied upon for his D.C. area lesbian gangs claim. But he insisted that his report was accurate and that any law enforcement officer who disagrees is “out of touch.”

“For some reason or other, these organizations don’t lay it on the line because they don’t know what is going on on the streets,” said Wheeler. “This is a serious crisis and the so-called experts are missing it.”’

I mention this fact because it relates to Wheeler’s credibility. It’s up to each individual to decide whether they will accept the claims made by him. Thankfully, researchers of Seth Rich’s murder do not have to rely on Wheeler’s words alone. Fox News also reports that “a federal source” has confirmed that Seth Rich did indeed make contact with WikiLeaks through now-deceased director Gavin MacFadyen. The federal source claims to have seen a copy of a forensic report of Rich’s computer which was issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) within 96 hours of his death.

“I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,” the federal investigator told Fox News. The source claims the FBI has the emails. According to this source, 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between Democratic National Committee leaders, dated between January 2015 to May 2016, were sent from Rich to MacFadyen before May 21.

Fox News has not been the only source of speculation as to whether or not Seth Rich was involved in the DNC Leaks. WikiLeaks has issued a reward of $20,000 USD for “information leading to conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.” Even Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, seemed to hint at Rich’s connection to the leaks. During an August 2016 interview with Dutch TV program Nieuwsuur, Assange made an unusual comment that led some to ask what he knows.

“Our whistleblowers go to significant efforts to give us material, at often very significant risks,” Assange said. “There was a 27 year old, works for the DNC, who was shot in the back, murdered just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons other than that he was walking down the street in Washington.”

“That was just a robbery, I believe, wasn’t it?” the interviewer responds. Assange tells him there has been “no finding” before he asks, “what are you suggesting?” Assange does not elaborate other than to say that WikiLeaks sources put themselves at grave risk to share documents with them.

We don’t comment on who our sources are. We have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States. Our sources are, you know, our sources face serious risks. That’s why they come to us, so we can protect their anonymity. Others have suggested that [Rich was murdered]. We are investigating. If you understand what happened in that situation with Seth Rich, I think it is a concerning situation. There’s not a conclusion yet. We wouldn’t be willing to state a conclusion, but we are concerned about it. More importantly, a variety of WikiLeaks sources are concerned when that kind of thing happens.

The final piece of this elaborate puzzle relates to Twitter chat logs that are purported to have taken place between the infamous Guccifer 2.0 and Robbin Young, a former Playboy model and actress. In these direct messages Young and Gufficer converse about the origin of the DNC leaks. Readers should note that these messages have not been independently verified, but they can be viewed in their entirety on Young’s website. As ZeroHedge notes,

“When Young suggested trusting Julian Assange, Guccifer 2.0 called him “unsafe” and that he “may be connected with Russians” despite being his hero.

“I’d like to find a journalist who can do an investigation and teel [sic] the real story of his life and death,” he said, and revealed that the whistleblower he was referring to was none other than a person named “Seth.”’

It is important to recognize that Fox’s report stems from anonymous federal sources and that Wheeler’s credibility may be in question. However, we should also reflect on the connection between the Democratic Party and the Rich family’s spokesman. Also, when doing a search of “Seth Rich WikiLeaks” one finds an abundance of left-wing media outlets brushing the story off as a distraction from the latest reports that Trump has shared classified information with Russian officials. On the other end of the spectrum, you find right-wing outlets defending Trump and claiming the real story is Seth Rich. Both stories involve the use of anonymous sources and that is a huge problem in the American media landscape.

Is the timing of the release of these two stories related? Is one meant to distract from the other or are these two independently important stories that deserve your attention? I will leave that to the reader to decide. For now, I believe there is a fair amount of (anonymous) reports indicating Seth Rich’s involvement with WikiLeaks. If any hackers out there, or WikiLeaks themselves, are in possession of evidence that could implicate the Democratic Party (or individuals connected to the party) in the murder of Seth Rich, now is the time to release it to the public.

Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of three books: The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spiritualityand Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 1 and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 2Derrick is available for interviews. Please contact Derrick@activistpost.com.

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  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    If Mr. Rich was in fact in contact with WikiLeaks prior to his death and the MSM knows of this, you can expect boatloads of BS to be shoveled over it by them for the foreseeable future. More than their nonexistent credibility is at stake.

  • Dan Smith

    My bet is trump…

    Always be a light that is shininginthedark

    • Phil_Ossifer

      Naaah. It was the Russians. When you don’t know who is responsible for something these days it’s always a safe bet to blame the Russkies. That way, Trump gets implicated by association. The lamestream press, in addition to having lost what little credibility it used to have, is nothing if not predictable.

      • Dan Smith

        Could be…

  • Kendoaz

    The more important story would be why hasn’t the FBI come forward saying Seth Rich was the DNC leaker, or come forward to say he was not the DNC hacker? One would think by sharing this information may help to solve the crime. In the past, the FBI has shared a lot of stuff with the public, now it seems they do a better job of covering things up. While Chaffetz has his subpoena pen out he should subpoena the FBI to answer this question as it does relate to the “Russia Hacking” probe.

  • Frank

    There are some people need to be beaten with a stick until the truth comes out. Seth Rich was obviously targeted, and for any kind of robbery, that is clear. Two rounds in the back by a coward shooter- I could’ve been Hillary, using the same gun that killed Vince Foster. The truth is in the content of the e-mails, so unless the FBI is going to press charges and use the e-mails as evidence, release them and get the truth out. Otherwise, the non-disclosure of the e-mails has the markings of a cover-up – by DNC/Hillary/Obama deep-state operatives.

    • Phil_Ossifer

      This looks suspiciously similar to the death of Mary Pinchot Meyer, the Washington socialite and JFK mistress who was murdered while walking in the park in D.C. in 1964. Meyer obviously knew too much and talked about it to the wrong people.

  • George

    Looks like the [democrat] party of slavery has descended into murder for hire in an attempt to hide their nefarious deeds? Like what? Who knows – could be gun running in Benghazi, or the two step deal where Hillary gifted 20% of our uranium to Russia backended by Kerry gifting Iran the taxpayer money to purchase freed up reserves. Whatever it is, follow the money to knock back the bull.
    Next step for our pending banana republic? The “merger” of democrat and republican parties as they finally end their charade of being anything but a uniparty. Remember this: fascism sucks – we will stand in line for toilet paper just like the once buoyant middle class of Venezuela that got sheared and mowed down.
    Unless, of course, Trump can both dance with and stiffarm the feckless GOP simultaneously and move americans to whip them into shape between steps. We are in for a rough ride…

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    I smell a big, fat, stinky rat. As a matter of fact, I smell an entire sinking ship full of the little bastards……

  • Scott Kielian

    i commend the author of this article on a piece well done

  • GAZOO2

    I live here and 25 years ago walking from Columbia Heights to Bloomingdale at 2 AM would have been a suicide mission. But not so much these days due to massive gentrification. It’s possible it was a robbery gone bad but unlikely considering Assange basically admitted it was SR who leaked the emails and the Clintons have a long history of murdering their opponents.

  • landy fincannon

    You have the right to remain silent, if not you will be silenced. RIP SETH

  • William the Resolute

    Who is credible anymore…..the MSM, Congress, the Intelligence community? There will never be any integrity in this country until we resurrect the anti-trust laws and impose term limits on Congress, until then we are sheep of the corporate state.

    • Phil_Ossifer

      I favor lifetime term limits. One six-year term for the president (like the Confederate constitution had for their president). Three (maximum) terms for Representative, one six-year term for Senator. Twelve year lifetime limit on holding Federal elective office for any individual. And both a term and age limit for SC(r)OTUS justices. Term limits for all federal judges, too. We have to get away from this mindset of allowing certain individuals to hold elected and appointed office for a lifetime (e.g., Robert Byrd).

  • SP_88

    I’m probably preaching to the choir trying to convince anyone that this was a hit, not a “botched” robbery. And what’s become quite a regular theme is their lack of effort and imagination. It’s like they aren’t even trying to be convincing enough to fool the people. They put zero effort into making this look like a robbery. And the best thing they can come up with is “botched robbery”. For Christ’s sake the man was dead, how hard would it have been to take his shit? After you kill the guy, taking the stuff you planned on robbing from him is not where you botch a robbery.
    A botched robbery would be where the robber is unable to make the victim give up his stuff.
    This wasn’t a botched robbery, it was a successful hit. And now everyone is lying about it and covering it up. The democrats are keeping the family quiet and the police and FBI are keeping the evidence away from the public. All these things are highly unusual for an attempted robbery and a murder in a park. Nobody’s behavior makes sense, unless they are all guilty of covering up their involvement.
    They have hidden the evidence that connects Seth to Wikileaks. But it’s clear that someone was leaking information to them. Obviously. And now Seth ends up dead in a park from two gunshot wounds to the back. And suddenly everyone is scrambling to hide this or that and they are keeping people from taking about it to anyone. Everyone involved is acting very suspicious. This is not what you would expect from an actual robbery where they actually want to catch the bad guy. This is what you would expect from the people who were involved in the killing of Seth Rich.
    And this is the type of lazy, half-ass cover up you would expect from a group of government officials who no longer give a shit what we the people think. They have control over the authorities, so there will be no real investigation. So they only need a half-ass cover up. And who cares what we think. We can write articles, type our comments, and talk about it until we’re blue in the face, and it will have exactly zero effect on them. They already know that we will do exactly nothing about it.
    So basically, we have no real evidence, so we are stuck just speculating about it, and contemplating circumstantial evidence.
    And they have once again gotten away with murder.