Seth Rich: Everything You Need To Know
For the last week, ever since the Rich family’s private investigator suggested he had contact with WikiLeaks, we have seen one man everywhere. One man which may destroy Hillary Clinton and the DNC forever. Seth Rich. But who was he and why does he matter?
Seth Conrad Rich, born January 3, 1989, was employed in 2014 by the Democratic National Committee as Voter Expansion Data Director. Democrats.org explain the ‘Voter Expansion Program’ as a program meant to “make the voting process easier and more accurate by ensuring that each eligible voter is able to register, each registered voter is able to cast a vote and that each vote is accurately counted.”
However, the life of this 27-year-old man, who had his whole life in front of him, quickly ended nearly a year ago from now. On Sunday, July 10, 2016, Seth Rich was on his way home, when he was mysteriously murdered in Washington, D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighbourhood. Previously he had been at Lou’s City Bar, a sports pub in the Columbia Heights neighbourhood some 1.8 miles from his apartment, where he was a regular costomer.
After leaving the bar at 1:30, he, as usual, [tried to] walk the whole way home, using the time to catch up on phone calls because he had poor mobile reception in his house. He placed at least five calls and received two calls on this faithful night. Two to his father, who’d gone to bed early and didn’t hear the ring, and another one to a friend, who he spoke to for just a minute.
Until about 1:33 am, Rich seems to have been on the phone with another friend. At 2:05 am, he called his girlfriend, who was in her home state of Michigan at the time. The call lasted 89 minutes until the call dropped. Only a few minutes later, he called her once more, and they continued to speak for 43 minutes. (Because of harassment the girlfriend has asked not to be named or quoted.) According to his father, who spoke to his girlfriend, at 4:19, Rich told his girlfriend that he was almost home and said, “I gotta go.”
Around 4:20 am, police officers patrolling the area responded to multiple gunshots, using the ShotSpotter system to find the location of the shooting, NYDailyNews.com reports.
On that following morning, his father, Joel, received another call from the Washington Police. Seth had been found around the corner from his house — at the intersection of Flagler Place and W Street NW, some 300 steps from his apartment — and quickly taken to a local hospital where he passed away less than two hours after being shot.
Early on, according to the father, the police told the family that a security camera from a small convenience store across the streets, captured a grainy image of Rich collapsing, and the feet or legs of two other unidentified people — possibly the killers.
They were also told that their son’s watch and wallet had not been taken, although the watchband was damaged.
In an interview with KMTV, Joel Rich said:
“If it was a robbery-it failed because he still has his watch, he still has his money-he still has his credit cards, still had his phone so it was a wasted effort except we lost a life.”
But the fact that nothing was missing suggest to some people believing there are other motives — like him being the leaker of the 19,252 DNC emails, which were published on July 22, 2016, just twelve days after Rich’s death.
“Nothing was taken from Seth — not his wallet, gold chain, credit cards or a sizeable amount of cash. So you know there’s no robbery gone awry.”
However, this supposed robbery-gone-wrong didn’t start to bring massive media attention before the founder of WikiLeaks, a non-profit organisation that publishes classified information, Julian Assange went on a Dutch news program.
In the interview, Assange said: “WikiLeaks never sits on material. Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material, and often very significant risks. 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 interviewer followed up with; “That was just a robbery, I believe. Wasn’t it?”
And then Assange cryptically replied; “No, there’s no finding… I’m suggesting that our sources take risks.”
When the interviewer asks directly, “Was he one of your sources then?” Assange then follows WikiLeaks policy to not reveal their sources by saying; “We don’t comment on our sources.”
Not only that, but WikiLeaks also offered a $20,000 reward for any help in finding Seth Rich’s killer[s]. On twitter, WikiLeaks wrote: “WikiLeaks has decided to issue a US$20k reward for information leading to conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.”
And in the recent weeks this murder have come into the news again. When the Rich family’s private investigator, Rod Wheeler, told FOX 5 DC, on May 15, 2017, that he had sources at the FBI confirming there was evidence of communication between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks.
Wheeler reportedly said, when asked if there was a link between Rich and WikiLeaks; “Absolutely. Yeah. That’s confirmed.”
However, less than 48 hours after this, Rod Wheeler told other media outlets that the Fox report was not accurate.
On May 17, he told Buzzfeed that “the story on Fox 5 last night was inaccurate … I don’t even know where the computers are.”
The investigator furthermore told CNN that he “only got that [information] from the reporter at Fox News.” Despite this, Wheeler does not exclude the possibility that Rich was the DNC-WikiLeaks source — saying when asked about it; “I don’t know, it’s hard to say.”
No, the story does not end there either. Because on May 19, Kim Dotcom, the famous German-Finnish internet entrepreneur, who founded Megaupload Ltd, entered the story. Kim Dotcom wrote on twitter: “If congress includes #SethRich case into their Russia probe I’ll give written testimony with evidence that Seth Rich was @Wikileaks source.”
After this Kim got into a conversation with Fox News’ Sean Hannity which ended with Hannity writing: “Congress, investigate Seth Rich Murder! @JulianAssange made comments u need to listen to! If Seth was wiki source, no Trump/Russia collusion”.
In a statement on his website, Kim Dotcom wrote: “I know that Seth Rich was involved in the DNC leak.”
“I know this because in late 2014 a person contacted me about helping me to start a branch of the Internet Party in the United States. He called himself Panda. I now know that Panda was Seth Rich.
Panda advised me that he was working on voter analytics tools and other technologies that the Internet Party may find helpful.
I communicated with Panda on a number of topics including corruption and the influence of corporate money in politics.”
“He wanted to change that from the inside.”
I was referring to what I knew when I did an interview with Bloomberg in New Zealand in May 2015. In that interview I hinted that Julian Assange and Wikileaks would release information about Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.
The Rich family has reached out to me to ask that I be sensitive to their loss in my public comments. That request is entirely reasonable.
I have consulted with my lawyers. I accept that my full statement should be provided to the authorities and I am prepared to do that so that there can be a full investigation. My lawyers will speak with the authorities regarding the proper process.
If my evidence is required to be given in the United States I would be prepared to do so if appropriate arrangements are made. I would need a guarantee from Special Counsel Mueller, on behalf of the United States, of safe passage from New Zealand to the United States and back. In the coming days we will be communicating with the appropriate authorities to make the necessary arrangements. In the meantime, I will make no further comment.
On May 25, two major articles about Kim Dotcom and Seth Rich were published by the International Business Times. The first was ‘an open letter to Seth Rich’s family regarding hacking claims’, and the other was titled “Kim Dotcom threatens to sue Seth Rich’s family for defamation”.
In the open letter, Dotcom explained that he have never hacked Rich’s email account, trying to place evidence connecting Rich to WikiLeaks, which the family reportedly worry about. It states:
“If there has been an attempt to hack Mr Rich’s email account, I know nothing of it and there is no connection to me. There is no credible basis in fact to link me to any attempted hacking of Mr Rich’s email. If the family genuinly believed they can establish a link, which I do not accept, then by all means disclose that and I will respond to it and rebut it openly.”
But the other article states that Kim Dotcom now “is formally requesting that Rich’s family and their representatives cease from making any further such statements about him, or he will consider legal action.” (which statements he talk about the allegations that he might have hacked Rich’s email to place evidence connecting Rich to WikiLeaks.
Other details about Seth’s murder is that, according to World Net Daily, Lou’s City Bar’s manager says police never interviewed the bar’s staff or requested any evidence from them regarding the Rich murder.
But, what we all need to remember is, even if Seth Rich is the source, which we don’t know yet, it does not mean the DNC killed him. It is fully possible that he was the leaker and he was still killed by some random thief with a gun. All we know for sure is that this need to be investigated and that the story is far from over.