Russian Tweet Asks Who Killed DNC Staffer Seth Rich

Frederick Owens
May 20, 2017

Washington's Metropolitan Police Department, which continues to investigate the murder, says there is evidence to suggest Rich was the victim of a botched robbery. But conspiracy theorists have claimed the killing was ordered by the Clintons in retaliation for leaking thousands of DNC emails to WikiLeaks. But earlier this week, a personal investigator hired by Rich's family to investigate his death said that there was "tangible evidence" Rich had contacted Wikileaks before he was killed.

"On Friday, the official account of the Russian Embassy in London tweeted: "#WikiLeaks informer Seth Rich murdered in United States but MSM was so busy accusing Russian hackers to take notice".

Fox's local Washington, D.C. affiliate ran the story with an interview with Wheeler, despite the fact that Rich's family had asked him not to speak with the media and rejected his findings as not credible.

"It made it seem like I knew this information first-hand", he said.

According to the federal investigator, "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", Fox News reported. In any case, Wheeler's statements were included in a FoxNews.com story, and he has appeared multiple times on Fox News to discuss Rich's death.

Even as the story collapsed, conspiracy theorists ran with it-especially Fox News, where hosts like Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs trumpeted Wheeler's work as proof that Russian Federation was not behind the DNC hack and that the Democratic Party is complicit in murder.

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On Friday, Joseph Ingrisano, the attorney representing the Rich family, sent a cease and desist letter to Wheeler, saying his comments had caused "severe mental anguish and emotional distress".

If true, contacts between Rich and Wikileaks could have disproved claims that Russian Federation was behind the hacking of DNC emails and passing the information onto Wikileaks for publication, in order to harm Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Joel Rich had seen a story Wheeler had done about his son's death and liked him, according to Butowsky.

"Your improper and unauthorized statements, many of which are false and have no basis in fact, have also injured the memory and reputation of Seth Rich and have defamed and injured the reputation and standing of the members of the Family", Ingrisano wrote in the cease and desist letter.

"Anyone who continues to push this fake news story after it was so thoroughly debunked is proving to the world they have a transparent political agenda, or are a sociopath", Rich family spokesman Brad Bauman told BuzzFeed News.

"My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks", Wheeler recently declared in an interview with Fox News. 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.

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