Last summer, as the presidential race heated up, there was a murder in Washington, D.C. Murders in the nation’s capitol aren’t typically national headlines, but the victim was a Democratic National Committee staffer. He was shot in the back in what police described as a robbery. Only it wasn’t a robbery. And now more news about the victim is coming to light.
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Seth Rich was shot on July 1oth, in the early morning hours as he walked home from a bar. The neighborhood in which he was shot has very little violent crime.
Now Fox News, citing law enforcement officials, is reporting that Rich leaked thousands of emails to WikiLeaks.
“A federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report detailing the contents of DNC staffer Seth Rich’s computer generated within 96 hours after his murder, said Rich 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.” MacFadyen died of lung cancer in October at the age of 76.
“I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and Wikileaks,” a federal investigator said. The emails are in the hands of the FBI, though the case centered on Rich’s death remains “stalled” in the D.C. Police Department.
The Rich family employed Rod Wheeler, a former DC homicide detective, to examine the case. “My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and Wikileaks,” Wheeler said. “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.”
The anonymous federal investigator told Fox that there were “44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between Democratic National Committee leaders” sent by Rich to MacFadyen.
“WikiLeaks has decided to issue a US$20k reward for information leading to conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich,” the organization announced.
“My investigation shows someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward,” Wheeler said in an interview with Fox News. “That is unfortunate. Seth Rich’s murder is unsolved as a result of that.”
Rich was shot twice, right outside of his apartment, at 4:00 a.m. He’d been on the phone, walking home. Police were on the scene within three minutes and they transferred Rich, who was still conscious, to a local hospital. He died shortly thereafter. The police has not released any information Rich may have shared after being shot. They have also video footage captured by security cameras in the neighborhood out of the public eye.