17 May 2017

Questionable Sources: Murdered DNC staffer, Seth Rich, had provable ties to Wikileaks.

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On the 10th of July 2016, Seth Rich, the 27-year-old staffer for the Democratic National Committee, was talking with his girlfriend on the phone when he was shot dead in Washington D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighbourhood. After a ten month investigation and no suspect found, police previously claimed this was the result of a “botched robbery”, despite his wallet, phone and watch being untouched.

Shortly on July 22nd, just 12 days after his murder, Wikileaks, the infamous news publication, exposed thousands of DNC emails which showed staffers and the media conspiring against the Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. It was this revelation that lead to six DNC staffer resignations including the committee chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who previously worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign as a national co-chair.

According to a federal investigator who oversaw the FBI forensic report, produced days after the murder, contents on Rich’s laptop show the DNC staffer had contact with the publication through Gavin MacFadyen, a documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist who had frequent ties with Wikileaks’ editor-in-chief, Julian Assange. MacFadyen was living in London at the time, and passed away of cancer last October.

“I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,” the federal investigator told Fox News earlier today, requesting anonymity, who confirmed MacFadyen’s as the site’s intermediary. As of now, he claims the emails are in the possession of the FBI, while the Washington Police Department are yet to conclude the ten-month case.

This came after another source, Rod Wheeler, the former homicide detective and a private investigator hired by the Rich family, also told Fox News there is evidence on Rich’s laptop which shows communication with the publication.

“The police department nor the FBI have been forthcoming,” Wheeler told Fox 5’s show with Marina Marraco. “They haven’t been cooperating at all. My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks. I do believe that the answers to who murdered Seth Rich sits on his computer on a shelf at the police department or at the FBI. I have been told both.”

Wheeler, who previously worked for the Washington D.C. police department, claims his own insider sources confirm the contact with Wikileaks, while one particular police source looked Wheeler in the eye and said ‘we were told to stand down on this case'.”

While never naming Rich specifically, Assange has stated his source was a DNC insider who would have access to the committee’s servers. Rich being a data analyst who assisted with polling. Assange and his publication have expressed interested in the case for several months, even issuing a $20,000 dollar reward for any pertaining evidence to the culprit.

In an interview with a Dutch television show during 2016, Assange stated: "Whistle-blowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks," Assange said. "As a 27-year-old, works for the DNC, was shot in the back, murdered just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington." The reporter pressed on asking whether Seth was his source, Assange hesitantly said he doesn't comment on names.

Assange has also refuted the claims his source was the Russian government and Vladimir Putin himself, a narrative pushed by the media (many of the companies implicated in the emails), the Clinton campaign and 17 US intelligence agencies which include the dubious unnamed sources at CIA all the way to the Coast Guard. It was revealed earlier this month in the book “Shattered”, written by the Politico’s Jonathan Allen and The Hill’s Amie Parnes, and numerous staffers they interviewed within the Clinton campaign, many of whom requested anonymity, the Russian narrative was constructed in only 24 hours after Hillary Clinton’s concession speech.

As reported by the staunch right wing biased publication, Breitbart, the authors go into depth regarding Clinton’s blame game tactic towards Comey and Russia after her loss to Donald Trump. “She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way,” a longtime Clinton confidant is quoted as saying. “That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech. Mook and Podesta assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centrepiece of the argument.”

The FBI and Washington Police Department at the time did not make comment.