Murdered DNC Staffer, Seth Rich, Was Talking to WikiLeaks
This is a bizarre story from back during the 2016 campaign with new details now emerging. Seth Rich, a former staffer working for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC, was shot and killed near his home in the early morning hours of July 10, 2016. What made the event strange was the fact that Rich was not robbed and nothing was moved from his body after the murder. Furthermore, the investigation into Rich’s death during the highly charged election year appears to have been stonewalled at times, with his family left searching for answers to this day.
Fox News picks up the story today with new details emerging, such as the bombshell that Rich was communicating with WikiLeaks, and could have been the source for the leaked emails from within the DNC during the campaign last year:
The Democratic National Committee staffer who was gunned down on July 10 on a Washington, D.C., street just steps from his home had leaked thousands of internal emails to WikiLeaks, investigative sources told Fox News.
A federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report — generated within 96 hours after DNC staffer Seth Rich’s murder — detailing the contents Rich’s computer said he made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.
“I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,” the federal investigator told Fox News, confirming the MacFadyen connection. He said the emails are in possession of the FBI, while the stalled case is in the hands of the Washington Police Department.
The revelation is consistent with the findings of Rod Wheeler, a former DC homicide detective and Fox News contributor and whose private investigation firm was hired by Rich’s family to probe the case. Rich was shot from behind in the wee hours, but was not robbed.
“My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,” Wheeler said. “I do believe that the answers to who murdered Seth Rich sits on his computer on a shelf at the DC police or FBI headquarters.”
The connection to WikiLeaks, or the possibility that Rich could have been the source of the DNC email leaks has long been suspected, but never confirmed. From this reporting, it appears there is ample evidence that Rich shared over forty thousand emails:
The federal investigator, who requested anonymity, said 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between Democratic National Committee leaders, spanning from January 2015 through late May 2016, were transferred from Rich to MacFadyen before May 21.
On July 22, just 12 days after Rich was killed, WikiLeaks published internal DNC emails that appeared to show top party officials conspired to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont from becoming the party’s presidential nominee. That controversy resulted in Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning as DNC chairperson. A number of Sanders supporters refused to back party nominee Hillary Clinton, and some subsequently formed groups to work against Clinton and the party.
This could be a bombshell in the case, which the local news in DC is also now reporting:
Rod Wheeler, a private investigator hired by the Rich family, suggests there is tangible evidence on Rich’s laptop that confirms he was communicating with WikiLeaks prior to his death.
Now, questions have been raised on why D.C. police, the lead agency on this murder investigation for the past ten months, have insisted this was a robbery gone bad when there appears to be no evidence to suggest that.
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.” [Emphasis added]
So, where does this story go from here? Is there a chance that Rich was murdered because he was leaking information which could have been damaging? Or fears he had more information that he had not yet leaked? There is a serious case to be made for a more thorough and full investigation surrounding Rich’s death. I hope for the sake of his family and for the country, we can get some some deeper answers.
WikiLeaks offered a reward last year for information on Rich’s murder, though the organisation stopped short of officially naming Rich as their source. Clearly this new information confirms he was sharing information with them.