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The Seth Rich murder: Conspiracy theories and a special counsel

Written By | May 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2017 — Theories about the unsolved murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich have, according to his family and the media, become ugly and hurtful.

Washington, D.C. Police investigate the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.

One theory is that Rich became so disenchanted with the DNC’s heavy-handed efforts to rig the Democratic Party’s presidential nominating process in favor of Hillary Clinton, he leaked damning internal DNC memoranda to WikiLeaks.

On Tuesday, Fox News retracted a news story claiming that an unnamed “federal investigator” said an examination of Rich’s home computer showed he had transferred more than 44,000 DNC emails to WikiLeaks. The FBI later announced it was not involved in the Seth Rich murder investigation.

But in an interview with Dutch television last August, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said, “Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material at often very significant risks. There’s a 27-year-old, who works for the DNC, who was shot in the back⏤murdered … as he was walking down a street in Washington.”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is interviewed on Dutch television.

“What are you suggesting?” asked the incredulous Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal.

“I’m suggesting that our sources take risks and they become concerned to see things occurring like that,” replied Assange.

Rosenthal asked if Rich was a WikiLeaks source. “We don’t comment on who our sources are,” said Assange.

But Rosenthal kept pressing, “Then why make the suggestion about a young guy shot in the streets of Washington?”

“We have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States,” Assange continued, “and that our sources face serious risks. That’s why they come to us, so that we can protect their anonymity.”

“But it’s quite something to suggest a murder. That’s basically what you’re doing.”

“Well, others have suggested that. We are investigating to understand what happened in that situation with Seth Rich … a variety of WikiLeaks sources are concerned when that kind of thing happens,” said Asssange.

It’s clear that Assange’s concern over Rich’s murder trumped his concern over Rich’s anonymity. As if to emphasize Rich’s importance to WikiLeaks, Assange later offered a $20,000 reward for “information leading to conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.”

Computer hacker Kim Dotcom.

More recently, renowned hacker Kim Dotcom announce on his website:

“I know that Seth Rich was involved in the DNC leak … 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 [Robert] Mueller, on behalf of the United states, of safe passage from New Zealand to the United States and back.”

That is a very generous offer and one Special Counsel Mueller should take advantage of. At least as a preliminary first step to dropping down the rabbit hole of DNC-media-inspired conspiracy theories concerning Russian hackers and Russian agents colluding with a populist real estate tycoon turned U.S. president, who’s angered the establishments of both political parties as well as members of the deep state.

“I love prosecuting cases,” Robert Mueller told the Washington Post in 2013, “and I love doing investigations, particularly homicide investigations.”

How about investigating the murder of Seth Rich, Mr. Mueller?

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.