Re: Seth Rich - Important Update on Ed Butowsky Lawsuits
Ed Butowsky has now revealed, in a lawsuit filing, that the source close to Assange who informed him that Seth and Aaron Rich provided the DNC emails to Wikileaks, is Ellen Ratner, sister of Julian's deceased former attorney Michael Ratner.
(Click the "2" to see the second page.)
Allegedly, Ellen had a long meeting with Julian at the Ecuadorian Embassy, and Julian asked her to convey to Seth's parents that he and Aaron had been his sources for the DNC material. He thought that they should know this in light of Seth's murder.
We only have Butowsky's word for this, but I don't know what his motive would be to make this up out of whole cloth. This new info is consistent with his previous statements.
Butowsky also indicates that, according to Ratner, she had also provided this info to Bill Shine and Malia Zimmerman at Fox News. Hence, Ratner may have been one of the sources for the highly controversial story which Fox News ran claiming that Seth had leaked the DNC emails - a story which the Murdochs ordered Fox to retract, as it was imperiling the success of on-going business negotiations in England. MSM chose to interpret the retraction of the story as evidence that the whole thing had been a hoax.
For background info, see this excellent interview of Butowski with Cassandra Fairbanks
and these essays regarding the slander lawsuits he is now pursuing:
The new info cited above is in this Amended Complaint:
This Amended Complaint also contains this bombshell statement:
57. The website DebunkingRodWheelersClaims.com (now at
DeBunkingRodWheelersClaims.net) was launched in November of 2017, and it
published texts, emails, audio, and video showing that Rod Wheeler had never been
misrepresented by Mr. Butowsky, Ms. Zimmerman, or Fox News, including the email
quoted above in Paragraph 51. The evidence on the website showed unequivocally that
Mr. Wheeler had lied to other media about them. The website also included audio of
famed journalist Seymour “Sy” Hersh stating that he had confirmed that Seth Rich was
responsible for leaking the DNC emails. According to Mr. Hersh, who was by no means a
Republican or a Trump supporter, he could not find a media outlet willing to publish the
Seth Rich story. In a separate phone call with Mr. Butowsky, Mr. Hersh said he obtained
his information about Seth Rich from Mr. McCabe, the deputy FBI director. Not later
than December of 2017, all of the Defendants in this lawsuit were aware of the contents
In other words, Butowsky alleges that top officials at the FBI - including then Deputy Director McCabe - were aware of compelling evidence that Seth was Wikileaks' source for the DNC emails, yet chose to keep this secret to keep alive the "Russia interfered" hoax crucial to the bogus "Trump colluded" allegation.
And here's another gem:
60. Under coercion from Mr. Bauman and the lawyer Defendants named in this
lawsuit, Joel Rich stopped speaking with Mr. Butowsky and the Rich family started
attacking Mr. Butowsky publicly (albeit not by name). Prior to the time of Mr. Bauman's
involvement, the Rich family acknowledged to friends and relatives that Seth and Aaron
were involved in the DNC email leak, but then they suddenly changed their story. On
information and belief, Mr. Butowksy alleges that Joel, Mary, and Aaron Rich were told
that Aaron could be charged with felony computer crimes if they did not cooperate with
their new handlers, i.e., Mr. Bauman and the lawyer Defendants.
In other words, Butowsky maintains that federal authorities coerced the Riches into denying that Seth had been the leaker.
With respect to Andrew Weissmann of Mueller's team:
The Plaintiff alleges that Mr. Weissman conspired with Mr. McCabe and DNC officials to maintain the false narrative that Russians were responsible for hacking the DNC, most recently by inserting false information into Mr. Mueller's report.
A large portion of the Amended Complaint details the multiple ways in which the various defendants stated that Butowsky's claims about Seth Rich were consciously concocted lies intended either to help the Trump administration or harm the Rich family. The Amended Complaint states:
7. As a result of the lies fabricated and perpetuated by the Defendants, Mr.
Butowsky and his family received death threats, he lost one third of his business clients,
rocks were thrown through the windows of his home, his automobiles were burglarized,
his computers were hacked, he lost friendships, and he lost the opportunity to host a
planned television program. Left-wing extremists even posted a clock on the internet
counting down the time until Mr. Butowsky's son would return for classes at Vanderbilt
University, implying that Mr. Butowsky's son would be harmed when he returned. As a
result, Mr. Butowsky had to hire a bodyguard for his son.
The entire Amended Complaint, drafted by Butowsky's lawyer, Ty Clevenger, makes for intriguing reading, and provides an overview of Clevenger's interpretation (reasonably credible, in my view) of the origins of the Russiagate hoax.
For what it's worth, I sense that Butowsky is on the level.
It was reasonable for journalists to disbelieve that Seth was the DNC leaker. But many journalists have gone out of their way to brand anyone who takes seriously that possibility as evil scum subjecting the Rich family to unspeakable psychic agony; and some of these "journalists" outright slandered Butowsky by claiming that he had made up his story out of whole cloth to help the Trump administration. (Butowsky maintains that he is not highly partisan, had not supported Trump in the 2016 primaries, and indeed had donated to Obama in 2007.) I hope that Butowsky's lawsuits bankrupt them.
For my own part, I suspect it was an essay I had written regarding Seth Rich that triggered the suspension of my entire body of work at Medium.com. The topic has become a Third Rail for the MSM and their toadies.
Trent Lipinski's article regarding Seth Rich at Medium has also been suspended. I would link to his new article at Medium protesting this suspension, but - surprise! - it also has been suspended:
For the record: I don't have a clue as to who murdered Seth. But I DO know who would have a strong motive to silence him - the creator of the Guccifer 2.0 hoax.
And the clues that Seth was indeed the leaker of the DNC emails are mounting: