Seth Rich: What Republicans & Conspiracy Theorists Won’t Tell You

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“Obama’s a Kenyan-born Muslim”, “Hillary is a murderer” and “Pizzagate” are all alt-right conspiracies you likely have heard over the course of the last 12-18 months. In fact, many of these theories have been pushed, not only by right-leaning Americans, but also by hostile nations who are participating in a disinformation war against the United States. Now we can add yet another such theory to the laundry list of made-up or partially made-up stories which seem to capture the imagination of millions on social media and around the world.

Seth Rich was a 27-year-old employee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), in the midst of a hard-fought political battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. On July 10th of last year, Rich left a bar fairly intoxicated and was not seen alive again. Rich was shot in the back twice at fairly close range, and although nothing was taken, authorities believe that the murder was part of a botched robbery. After all, there had been numerous robberies in the area over the preceding months.

Immediately those within the alt-right began publicizing this murder and skewing facts, alluding to the possibility that the DNC or even Hillary Clinton herself had arranged the murder of this young man. Here we are 10 months later and on the same night that one of the most impactful negative stories related to President Trump broke, news began to leak that Rich had been in communication with Wikileaks prior to his murder.

While Fox News seems to be the only outlet within the mainstream media making even a peep about this story, social media, particularly Twitter, has been blowing up with tweets from conspiracy theorists, Russian bots, Americans themselves and even Wikileaks. These are just a few the the Tweets we’ve seen today:

“The Senate and House Judiciary Committees must Subpoena Clinton, Podesta, and her entire campaign #SethRich”

“The #SethRich story is a journalist’s dream. So, why aren’t they reporting? Media colluded with HRC. Told to stand down.”

“I don’t even understand why people are calling #SethRich’s murder a mystery. He had the goods on #HillaryClinton. She had him killed. SIMPLE”

So what aren’t these conspiracy theorists telling us? What are they conveniently leaving out? How about the fact that the family of Seth Rich, who the investigator making these claims reports to work for, has come out with the following statement:

“It’s sad but unsurprising that a group of media outlets who have repeatedly lied to the American people would try and manipulate the legacy of a murder victim in order to forward their own political agenda. I think there is a special place in hell for people like that. Even if tomorrow, an email was found, it is not a high enough bar of evidence to prove any interactions as emails can be altered and we’ve seen that those interested in pushing conspiracies will stop at nothing to do so. We are a family who is committed to facts, not fake evidence that surfaces every few months to fill the void and distract law enforcement and the general public from finding Seth’s murderers. The services of the private investigator who spoke to press was offered to the Rich family and paid for by a third party, and contractually was barred from speaking to press or anyone outside of law enforcement or the family unless explicitly authorized by the family.”

So not only was this private investigator paid for by an outside source, but he has breached his contract by providing information to the press regarding what he had found. If this man is willing to breach a contract with a distraught family and go against their wishes, why would we expect him to tell the truth about what he found? Even if Rich had been communicating with Wikileaks, that certainly isn’t evidence that Clinton or the DNC had hired a hit man for crying out loud.

What’s immensely more worrisome than the actual information being reported, is the timing in this matter, in which it all began to hit social media and Fox News. ┬áJust hours after President Trump’s leaking of classified information to the Russians in the Oval Office had been reported by the Washington Post, and later BuzzFeed, the Seth Rich story began to pop up. Wikileaks, who is expected to have colluded with Russia in last year’s election also pounced on the Seth Rich news, and multiple known Russian bots began retweeting the story. This organized plan to shift attention away from a major story, like the one we saw yesterday, is a hallmark of Russia’s disinformation campaigns of the past. The only thing that’s left is for President Trump himself to start pushing the Seth Rich narrative himself via Twitter. It’s still early in the day…

  • Justin Pinter

    Lol. The only one being a tool is the liberal media. It’s like a daily bullshit machine, pumping out crap everyday for their readers to soak up.

    Funny your website is called the Independent Reporter, but your article is chalk full of bias.

    • Richard Munchel

      Conservatives are mindless sheep. And, I am no Democrat.

      • jlenoconel

        There is truth in the Seth Rich story though. Wikileaks have hinted very heavily that he was their source. I trust Wikileaks.

      • RicoPasseo

        I wouldn’t say conservatives are mindless sheep, but I would say, that the ones who are not interested in research to find the truth (wherever it may fall), and simply repeat what their parents, or friends say, are just as guilty as the perpetrators of crime and injustice.
        NEVER..be afraid to admit that you’re wrong. TRUTH..is what matters.
        You can look in the mirror and honestly say: “I’m not a phony.” “I’m not a dishonest fraud.”

        • RicoPasseo

          I see Richard has withdrew his comment. He can look in the mirror and say “I am honest.”

    • RicoPasseo

      Funny.. you have nothing of value to add, that helps our society to understand and reach solutions.
      But instead, you’re chalk full of bias. Loyal to party and not country.

    • RicoPasseo

      Is that why you’re here..”everyday” – to soak up the..”crap”? Or, is it because you just like being a..”tool”?

    • RicoPasseo

      Pull your head out

  • BobL

    That’s not even the best part about how this is a fake story. The Detective who was paid by FOX to do this is also a paid contributor to FOX and is the same one who got caught making up a story about “Rampaging Lesbians with Pink Guns in D.C.” last year and had to apologize for it

    • jlenoconel

      Doesn’t change the fact that Wikileaks themselves have hinted very heavily themselves that Rich was their source. But nice try.

      • Simon Oswald Strange

        No they did not, and wikileaks has no reason to tell the truth.

        • jlenoconel

          You’re full of crap. Wikileaks have never lied, not once.

          • RicoPasseo

            lol… literally.

        • RicoPasseo

          Exactly, right. Why would anyone, trying to arrive at the truth, delve into an entity that is notorious for criminal activity?

      • RicoPasseo

        Actually, it does change the “facts”. But, nice try.

    • Justin Pinter

      KimDotCom just confirmed SethRich was the DNC leaker to Wikileaks. Official announcement coming tomorrow. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/caa8755d86fb5b663f71ee15cc9f139391eed55c2ffda92d7997c42ef5f1dc67.png

      • RicoPasseo

        Well there you go…bonifide proof! This case has been solved. Confirmation that SethRich was the DNC leaker to Wikileaks.
        Coming from a career criminal and lifelong conman.

        • Justin Pinter

          Despite Kim’s past (which in my opinion MegaUpload was awesome!), if it’s true, we’ll find out tomorrow when he makes the official statement. We’ll see what evidence he presents regarding Seth Rich and Wikileaks.

        • Justin Pinter

          Kim has done some good things in the past too. Including starting the Young Intelligent Hackers Against Terrorism (YIHAT) after Sept 11, 2001.

          • RicoPasseo

            Yeah.. I know. I didn’t even know wgo in the hell he was until you mentioned about the reveal.
            I went to Wikipedia and read all about him. LONG ARTICLE.
            Hell..I don’t know if he did all of that stuff in his life.
            But, I know – if he did… that is one smart son of a gun.

  • Rachel Masson

    Seriously, just how stupid is the left now? And this is coming from a Bernie voter….What utter garbage this “article” is.

    Not only do we all now have undeniable proof that Hillary is a Criminal and should be in jail or worse, but now we have a very real story that the DNC assassinated one of their employees. Wikileaks themselves retweeting the article.

    And yet instead of covering this real crime, the pathetic CIA controlled liberal media will continually push the comically ridiculous Russian Conspiracy theory without a shred of evidence.

    The globalists plan to impeach Trump is getting more and more desperate. Once they fail that I fear assassination is all that will be left for them.

    • American GunNut

      My God you are stupid, Rachel. The real criminal is in the White House, and is causing more destruction to our nation than any threat in history, outside the Civil War. And he’s there because of morons like you.

      • Rachel Masson

        Spoken like a true brainwashed idiot. Well done.

        • RicoPasseo

          A brainwashed idiot is an individual who has no real evidence, or verified facts to offer a conversation, but instead rushes to belittle their debate opponent with slurs and name calling, and continuously utilize logical fallacies.
          A tactic practiced by left ‘and’ right.

          • Rachel Masson

            Most certainly.

    • RicoPasseo

      LMAO… literally

  • Rachel Masson

    Everyone do not be fooled by this lying worm “journalist” who wrote this “article”.

    Simply google the Clinton bodybags and be amazed at how many people surrounding the most criminal couple in US history mysteriously die. There is a list of about 50, with people from intelligence agencies even speaking about it in the recent wikileaks emails.

    Clintons should be trailed and executed.

    • Simon Oswald Strange

      Indoctrinated drivel, your opinion is worthless, every one of those deaths are provably not a Clinton murder plot

      • Rachel Masson

        If you say so, you mindless uninformed cretin…If you say so.

        • Simon Oswald Strange

          Indoctrinated cunts like you are worthless to society, stupid crack whore.

          • Rachel Masson

            You call someone indoctrinated, then proceed to show what an unintelligent, mindless little drone you are.

            The absolute Irony haha, brilliant! Sorry simpleton.

      • Rachel Masson

        Also recently made private account….Go away you intellectual coward.

        • Simon Oswald Strange

          Fuck you crack whore. Why dont you go suck some cock and shut the fuck up lying cunt.

          • Rachel Masson

            Calm down little boy, not my fault you hide your comments in order to hide the fact you have the brain of an infant.

    • RicoPasseo

      Yeah… this journalists is the worm. And you’re talking about going out and commit murder.
      lol literally

      • Rachel Masson

        You can barely speak English…What on earth are you trying to tell me?

        • RicoPasseo

          Is it, that I can barely speak English, or is it that you are incapable of comprehending what I am saying?

          • Rachel Masson

            The first one.

          • RicoPasseo

            I’m gonna go with #2

          • Rachel Masson

            Opinion noted.

  • William Bayer

    LOL LOL LOL — stupidest nonsense EVER. This “journalist” swallows every rumor, every bit of anti-Trump speculation coming from unnamed WaPo sources, and marches in lockstep with Democrat innuendo concerning the “timing” of something when there’s nothing inappropriate to complain about, but let those on the right engage just ONCE in tactics IDENTICAL to those used by democrats on a daily basis, and out come accusations against the right that this “journalist” would NEVER consider leveling at democrats or their media minions.

    Too funny.

    FACT: Even if true, there’s nothing irregular about Trump sharing classified information with Russia, so there’s really no need to deflect. There’s a LONG-STANDING terrorist-information-sharing agreement between the US and Russia. It’s the same agreement by which Russia warned the US about the Boston Marathon bombers, although our Department of Homeland Security (LOL) refused to take the warning seriously and essentially allowed the Marathon bombing to occur. But this hired DNC stooge masquerading as a “journalist” doesn’t mention that FACT. Giving credit where credit is due, at least the WaPo article eluded to the existence of that terrorist-information-agreement as the reason Trump may have shared classified information with Russia — but hired DNC stooges such as this “journalist” proceed from a point of view that the information-sharing agreement doesn’t exist and the WaPo didn’t mention it.

    Regardless of how the non-mainstream media might be imitating the DAILY frauds of the democrat mainstream media in the way it’s handling this information, this phony “journalist” is nothing more than a hired DNC propagator of fake news.

    • Simon Oswald Strange

      You are delusional

    • RicoPasseo

      “DNC stooges”? … “phony journalists”?
      Better watch out; your “phony testosterone” is gonna flip your “ego”.

  • jlenoconel

    Wikileaks have hinted very strongly themselves that Seth Rich was their source. That’s enough for me.

    • Simon Oswald Strange

      Wiki leaks has no reason to tell the truth and is being paid by Putin to lie

      • BostonLauren

        You’re an angry one, aren’t you? And do you make an ass of yourself ALL the time? Or just recently? #LibsTakeUrMeds

        • Simon Oswald Strange

          Delusional trumpanzees like you have no value in society, the good news is, we no you kind exists and we will erraticate ignorance and indoctrination from our society.

          Your kind is no longer welcome

        • RicoPasseo

          How many times is this for you?

      • jlenoconel

        You’re a moron.

        • RicoPasseo

          Exactly, where does that live, in the facts & evidence box.

    • RicoPasseo

      Of course it is.

    • RicoPasseo

      I wouldn’t doubt that.