Breaking: New Info on Seth Rich - Wikileaks Connection UPDATED

Caitlin Johnstone tweets that Fox News is reporting tonight that a private investigator hired by his family that Seth was communicating with Wikileaks:

Rod Wheeler, a private investigator hired by the Rich family, suggests there is tangible evidence on Rich's laptop that confirms he was communicating with WikiLeaks prior to his death.

There are juicy suggestions of a coverup. Click the link to read more.

Fox News has a more full report this morning:

A federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report -- generated within 96 hours after DNC staffer Seth Rich's murder -- detailing the contents Rich’s computer said he made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.

The Democratic National Committee staffer who was gunned down on July 10 on a Washington, D.C., street just steps from his home had leaked thousands of internal emails to WikiLeaks, law enforcement sources told Fox News.

federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report -- generated within 96 hours after DNC staffer Seth Rich's murder -- detailing the contents Rich’s computer said he made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.

44 thousand emails with 17 thousand attachments. Worth clicking to read the rest.

The scope of this assertion from the article is a bit broad:

“My investigation shows someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward,” Wheeler told Fox News. “That is unfortunate. Seth Rich’s murder is unsolved as a result of that.”

Other tantalizing tidbits include that he was alive for two hours at the hospital and that apparently nearby security footage may show two individuals following Rich.

Had to throw this in - InfoWars wants to know about the timing of Seth's evening:

Rich visited Lou’s City Bar on the evening before his death and began drinking heavily. He left at 1:45am and headed to another bar called Wonderland, which closed at 2:30am that night. No other bars are clubs were open after this time.

The one mile walk from Wonderland to Rich’s Bloomingdale home would normally have taken around 30 minutes, possibly a little longer if he was drunk.

However, police didn’t hear the gunshots that led to his death until 4:19am, leaving a gap of nearly two hours between when Rich would have left Wonderland and when he was shot dead.

What was Rich doing in the time between leaving the bar and walking home?

They don't have any answers, either...

I believe the Fox piece has evolved in the past couple hours - these two paragraphs appear to be in contradiction to one another:

But a spokesman for Rich's family on Tuesday said Wheeler was not authorized to speak for the family and called assertions Seth Rich sent emails to WikiLeaks "unsubstantiated." Brad Bauman said even if purported emails were to surface, it would not necessarily mean Rich had helped WikiLeaks.

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The revelation is consistent with the findings of Wheeler, whose private investigation firm was hired by a third party on behalf of Rich’s family to probe the case.

This vid has old video of family and current Rod Wheeler interview:

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Whoa! Thanks for posting this - darned unfortunate that I'll have to wait to listen to the videos, due to thin walls and sleeping roommates in adjoining rooms, though...

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@HenryAWallace @HenryAWallace Nice.
Even if they didn't have him killed, he's apparently just riff raff, so not worth the trouble to solve the mystery. Murder, schmurder.

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That's impressive, isn't it?

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"The police department nor the FBI have been forthcoming,” said Wheeler. “They haven't been cooperating at all. I believe that the answer to solving his death lies on that computer, which I believe is either at the police department or either at the FBI. I have been told both.”

One obvious question: If Seth Rich was truly killed in a botched robbery attempt, why would the police want to impound his laptop?

Another less obvious question: Why would the FBI be involved at all?

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One obvious question: If Seth Rich was truly killed in a botched robbery attempt, why would the police want to impound his laptop?

Elementary My dear Not Henry Kissinger. Biggrin

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It's a podcast - an interview with Donna Brazile that was broadcast sometime in February of this year right before the DNC held their convention in Atlanta where Tom Perez was chosen as new DNC chair.

Start at about the 2:30 mark.

Donna Brazile was talking about how when she was chosen as DNC Interim Chair after DWS resigned, she was having a really good time and then she got that phone call. And the phone call she was talking about was the one in which she told that Seth Rich had been murdered.

She says that Seth's death really turned things around. She also said Seth was part of her department along with two other staffers. Seth had developed a lot of the the technology that the DNC was using to help citizens register to vote.

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Your essay on the fine reporting out of FL on the DNC lawsuit is one of c99s most popular on Twitter.

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I don't have a twitter account, but I'm glad some people who do are getting the story out.

That reporter (Brook Hines) did SUCH a fantastic job.

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It is also at the top of our FB reach.

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That CC99% had tweeted it to #DNCFraudLawsuit and they shared it and gave a shoutout to Brook.

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@LoneStarMike I messaged you yesterday on about it on a social media platform when I first saw it pop up...

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I only go over there about every 3-4 days.

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that he was so instrumental in developing DNC voter technology, then why wouldn't they have offered a reward for his death, as Wikileaks has (and according to this RW meme, the DC Police also). Perhaps they didn't want to call any unnecessary attention to a former, crucial employee serving them with a lawsuit charging them with fraud.

Apologies for pasting an apparent Christian Conservative Drumpf dupe's tweet (had lots of praying hands and American flags, which I had to delete in order for it to post here):

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@Mark from Queens I saw a Tweet comment which suggested WikiLeaks has upped it's reward money significantly, but I haven't seen confirmation of that.

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@Mark from Queens The Fox News piece in the above piece answers who made the larger offer about information on his death, the Twitterer I saw must have been confused:

Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman has offered a separate $130,000 reward.

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Link

The plot thickens.

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thinking that Seth was the DNC leaker. Russian hack, my backside! Now, where did the order for this hit come from? That's the only real unsolved question about this sordid affair. Really, a robbery where nothing was taken. SMH.

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@crbngville Seth's laptop was impounded by the authorities, and now they won't return it.

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A Russian squirrel!

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Lol, you know there's major fakery in the works when you see Hillary trying to look to our left!

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Luckily, Russian squirrels only worry the nuts.

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every day. They rarely get killed in the process.
I can't imagine the lap top being impounded since it was not stolen, should not be evidence, and even if it were evidence, the victim's family could seek to get a copy of the hard drive by court order.
When I got robbed, the police most certainly did not take my computers.
I have contacted the FBI numerous times to help investigate things, such as white collar crimes, or fishy government activities. Their rule is that if the state police is investigating it, they will not. Only when the locals will not investigate will they start up.
Nothing about Rich's death is a normal, every day attempted robbery.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness I am unfamiliar with the constabularies in DC, or how their jurisdiction overlaps. I read up in a link above that Wheeler had been told the laptop was impounded by local police and told that it was in FBI possession. I took that to mean the locals were investigating. In other states, the FBI would only investigate if invited.

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but the chief of the MPDC, Cathy Lynn Lanier, resigned from her position just five weeks after Rich was murdered.

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Occam's Razor...

The simplest explanation that fits the facts is that there is a reason that this person was murdered that has nothing to do with a robbery, since nothing was taken.

Assuming that the perpetrator freaked out, took nothing, (and yet IN that state of panic, managed to perfectly cover up the crime) then it was essential for the police to confiscate equipment, and the fact that this person was in contact with many folks who were in position to do serious political harm to people with the ability to assassinate this person...

Too many variables. Simplest explanation is most likely. He was giving info to the political enemies of someone with the motive and ability to kill him. That person also has a proven network of people willing to lie and obfuscate on any crime, no matter how serious. Hell, these people cover up mass murder overseas. What's ONE death in the spirit of "National Security"?

And that's the part that makes me the most crazy. They actually think that by killing people, they're doing good.

Edit: added another layer of complexity which I had forgotten.

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@detroitmechworks Twittersphere conspiracists (until it's proven) are abuzz noting that the hit happened soon after Crowdstrike determined there had been a breach. The assertion is that the cyber goons fingered Rich for running off with emails and that a hit followed this revelation.

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@MsGrin DNC has already stated in open court they have the right to be a conspiracy and that the people have no right to complain.

Anybody who ain't paranoid at this point about Washington Politicians...

ISN'T PAYING ATTENTION.

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What will the GOS do if their Scary Russia meme falls apart?

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The integrity of the Russians! meme must be maintained.

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there's no doubt about that.

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from the iron grip of the FBI and DC police? Plenty of juice, would be my guess. They've had it for ten months now, and not a word about what's on it.

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@native which is doubtful, be assured that it will be wiped clean, and any record of what was on it will be classified, for our protection, of course.

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murder. It will end up in the same place they keep JFK's brain.

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@CB was one of the first things this laptop business made me think of, as well.

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If only they'd actually used it! It would work so much better than so many others despoiling public office since.

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Do the Clinton's still have the hammer they usually use on servers/devices containing evidence they don't want anyone to find?

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Or rather, their perfectly impartial algorithm decided that the trending topics were not the one that was getting hundreds of tweets a minute.

Instead, it's FAR more important that we discuss a general who made a comment discussing that Trump might be ignorant of classified info's source.

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Thought today that the deep state is behind the Russia hysteria.

Making people scared for a coup. Hell with rule of law. Make a big scary monster to bring back the cold war and now with the new fanged information tools, this empire can control the masses, unlike other empires where the peasants revolted.

But this time, The New Climate Regime, which has been the major political actor on the globe for the last 30 years shows without a doubt that the modernization project -- everyone having US life style -- is a lie, so time to grab and kill and run the world.

Bernie brought up issues. "No Issues No Politics"

We didn't have politics until Bernie shook the logs from the people's eyes. Easier to defeat him in an election than to take him out.

But he has not died. Doesn't know that the election is over and Trump is the worst thing that has ever happened in the history of the universe?

Captain Hillary rides to the rescue!!!

Women power!!!

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The missing time could be as straightforward as hooking up.

Irish history is literally the history of conspiracies, their failure and their success. All of the bizarre conspiracies you've ever read in fiction have happened in Irish history alone, I'm sure they happen everywhere else too.

So it is important to remember that once a civilian deals themselves into "the game" they make themselves eligible for targeting by any other secret group or agency. Rich may have been murdered by a non-Clinton/DNC group if they figured out he was the Wiki Leaker. It is less likely than a Dem conspiracy but this is the hall of mirrors now and rarely is anything quite what it seems. I think of John Le Carré's George Smiley in these situations.

The Seth Rich murder was suspicious from the start, the Shawn Lucas death and the delay in releasing the autopsy is also suspicious. The Chandra Levy murder is another one that reeks. The way it played out that weekend on local news, and how it was used immediately to take down Gary Condit was all odd, jarring and suspicious. They found a scapegoat to convict, conviction overturned later.

Remember House of Cards is an exaggeration. The people involved are nowhere near that clever or competent.

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being floated today that Russia killed him because he was their intermediary to Wikileaks?

Anything's possible, right?

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@Linda Wood Although I don't see how Putin can have a case stall in DC.....

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