Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Russian embassy pushes Seth Rich murder conspiracy

Russian embassy pushes Seth Rich murder conspiracy

Conspiracy theories surrounding the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich are now being amplified by Russian officials.

The WikiLeaks dumps, released late a year ago during the heated 2016 election, revealed high-level corruption in the DNC created to sabotage then-Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton. In addition to exposing the utter corruption of the DNC, the leaks cost Debbie Wasserman Shcultz her job as Chairwoman. According to these stories, the Federal Bureau of Investigation examined Rich's computer after his death and found thousands of stolen DNC emails and proof that Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks. Russian Federation has denied these allegations, as has WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and no legitimate evidence has been presented by any federal agency or media outlet to demonstrate the theory Russian Federation was the source of the WikiLeaks dumps.

An attorney representing the family of Rich, who was 27 when he was killed last July, sent a cease and desist letter Friday to Rod Wheeler, a Fox News contributor and former Washington, D.C., homicide detective who was employed by the family and earlier this week told a Fox affiliate that he believed police were covering up details about the crime.

The story provides no source or evidence for the claim that Comey was personally responsible for securing the contents of Rich's computer, or that he had done so specifically for the benefit of the DNC or Hillary Clinton.

Thus far, D.C. police have virtually no leads into Rich's death and have offered little information about his murder. That's a claim that was recently made in two stories by Fox News.

"Reporter: ". that could link Seth Rich to WikiLeaks?"

Actually, Wheeler told Newsweek that he did not speak with the investigator: "In a message to Newsweek on Tuesday, Wheeler said the Fox News report was misleading and that his information was secondhand from that 'federal investigator.' 'I've never, ever seen Seth Rich's computer, nor have I talked with the federal investigator, ' he wrote in a message". The damaging WikiLeaks dumps were published on July 22 of past year, a mere 12 days after Rich was murdered.

Wheeler's contract with the Rich family prohibited him from speaking to the press without prior approval from the family, a clause he apparently violated when he spoke to Fox 5 D.C. Monday for a story that quickly went viral on the right.

John Friend is a freelance writer who lives in California.

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