Last July, Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was murdered under rather mysterious circumstances just outside his home in Washington, D.C. Authorities have chalked up his death to a botched robbery; but a new report claims that Rich leaked more than 44,000 emails to WikiLeaks prior to his murder:
The report states federal law enforcement investigators found 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between DNC leaders from January 2015 to May 2016 were sent by Rich to Gavin MacFayden, an American reporter and WikiLeaks director based in London who is now deceased. That information was found in a FBI forensic report on Rich’s computer done within days of his murder.
According to Ron Wheeler, a former D.C. homicide detective whose private investigation firm was hired by Rich’s family, his investigation uncovered similar information:
“My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,” Wheeler told Fox News. “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.”
Rich was shot twice in the back and nothing was stolen from him, which certainly calls the botched robbery theory into question. Even so, Rich’s family issued a statement completely denying that their son had any connection to WikiLeaks:
“As we’ve seen through the past year of unsubstantiated claims, we see no facts, we have seen no evidence, we have been approached with no emails and only learned about this when contacted by the press,” the statement said. “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 interest in pushing conspiracies will stop at nothing to do so.”
The statement also said that Wheeler was “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.”
Believe what you want about this one. But on a parting note: there’s less evidence connecting Donald Trump to the Kremlin than there is connecting Rich to WikiLeaks. Just saying.