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For years, officials in the US government have held that Democratic National Convention voter expansion data director Seth Rich was killed during a random robbery in July 2016. Nothing was taken and there are currently no suspects in the case.

Julian Assange and others have suggested that Rich was in fact the source for the Wikileak’s dump of DNC emails and that foul play from political actors was involved in his death. Debate on this matter has been suppressed through high powered litigation and dismissed as a baseless conspiracy theory.

Now, lawyers representing the Rich family have been able to obtain 68 pages of heavily redacted FBI documents on the case that reveal Assange and others may have been right after all.

While the FBI has repeatedly asserted over the years that it was not involved in the investigation into Rich’s death, the documents show that they were lying.

New information shows that Rich’s homicide was in fact the subject of a Department of Justice meeting in 2018. In another document, it is speculated that “given [redacted] it is conceivable that an individual or group would want to pay for his death.”

Most pressing is the revelation that an individual, whose name is also redacted, had snatched Rich’s laptop and taken it home. The FBI is currently in possession of the laptop but will not say if anything was altered or deleted from it. The FBI revealed this information earlier this year, but has stated it has not investigated a pertinent piece of evidence in the case.

According to the narrative spun by the Metropolitan Police Department, Rich was killed in a failed robbery after leaving a bar in Washington DC.

Rich was still alive when the police reached him, but was supposedly “too drunk” to describe his attacker before his death. Journalist Joe Hoft reported in 2017 that the police body camera footage from the encounter has mysteriously gone missing.

Countless pages of the FBI’s records on Rich are redacted in their entirety. The FBI’s FOIA office has been battling in court for more time to meet the rest of their Rich FOIA obligations (hundreds of more pages) citing the need to fully censor information in the interest of “privacy.” As others have pointed out, the FBI and DoJ don’t have any problem releasing totally unredacted files on people they dislike.

Ultimately, its clear that the FBI and DoJ agree with skeptics that the Rich murder wasn’t just a mugging gone bad. The explosive story appears to be heavily suppressed by Google search algorithms. Suspicions of Rich being a victim of a US government sponsored or otherwise politically motivated assassination will only rise the more the FBI drags its feet and covers for the suspects.

(Republished from National Justice by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. For more on this story go to lawflog.com

    Fearless attorney, native Texan, has uncovered more on Seth Rich than all others combined

    • Thanks: Notsofast, Pheasant, Polemos
    • Replies: @JimDandy
  2. El Dato says:

    I reckon we will finally be told that Petrov and Borisov were spotted leaving the scene.

    • Replies: @roonaldo
  3. a mugging gone bad

    So a ‘mugging gone/done well’ is one in which the target is relieved of his possessions but survives, thankful for his assailants professionalism? Almost as clean and wholesome as a ‘surgical’ military operation?

    The proliferation of insidious PR newspeak phrases like these are as critical in the destruction of the capability of language to convey meaning as any number of critical theory seminars.
    It should be avoided.

    • Agree: schnellandine
  4. New FBI Documents Reveal Seth Rich May Have Been Assassinated In Murder for Hire Plot After al

    After Al?

    Bundy?

  5. roonaldo says:
    @El Dato

    Petrov? Borisov? Naw, it was that cunning, evil, and elusive Vladimir Putin himself who shot Seth Rich, after poisoning him with novichok to make him appear drunk. That’s why Joe “Mannix” Biden called him “Killer.”

  6. Realist says:

    Rich was most likely assassinated by a Clinton protégé.

  7. @Realist

    “Rich was most likely assassinated by a Clinton protege.”

    Rich was most likely assassinated by an MS-13 killer hired by an ex-DC cop turned private operator for a Clinton protege.

    • Thanks: Pheasant
    • Replies: @Based Lad
  8. While the FBI has repeatedly asserted over the years that it was not involved in the investigation into Rich’s death, the documents show that they were lying.

    GASP! The FBI lying? How can that be? Just because they have been caught out in Crossfire Hurricane and found to have falsified test results in their lab, doesn’t mean they were lying about Seth Rich, or Ruby Ridge, or Lloyd Finicum …

  9. Based Lad says:
    @SunBakedSuburb

    MS-13? More likely the evolved form of the sinaloa cartel.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/dea-map-shows-where-cartels-131101433.html
    The sinaloa cartel had the former president of mexico on it’s payroll and has massive underground influence in the US. Urban democrats have their palms greased by alphabet agency connected smugglers and coyotes. There is too much money to be made to allow “laws” and “the well-being of the american citizen” to interfere.

    • Agree: Pheasant
    • Thanks: Happy Tapir
  10. The Federal Bullshitters of Investigation is a corrupted agency.

  11. SafeNow says:

    The most troublesome Seth-was-politically-murdered advocates will wind-up at a reėducation camp. Remember, group internment remains the law of the land, after Trump v. Hawaii, in which Justice Roberts refused to legally overrule Korematsu, the Japanese internment case. The dissent in Korematsu warned that group internment “would lie about like a loaded weapon,” waiting to be fired when the need for it was asserted.

  12. Ron Unz says:

    I haven’t paid any attention to the Seth Rich case in years, but my views haven’t much changed since I left this comment back in 2017:

    Well, DC is still a pretty dangerous city, but how many middle-class whites were randomly murdered there that year while innocently walking the streets? I wouldn’t be surprised if Seth Rich was just about the only one.

    Julian Assange has strongly implied that Seth Rich was the source of the DNC emails that cost Hillary Clinton the presidency. So if Seth Rich died in a totally random street killing not long afterward, isn’t that just the most astonishing coincidence in all of American history?

    Consider that the leaks effectively nullified the investment of the $2 billion or so that her donors had provided, and foreclosed the flood of good jobs and appointments to her camp-followers, not to mention the oceans of future graft. Seems to me that’s a pretty good motive for murder.

    Here’s my own plausible speculation from a couple of months ago:

    Incidentally, I’d guess that DC is a very easy place to arrange a killing, given that until the heavy gentrification of the last dozen years or so, it was one of America’s street-murder capitals. It seems perfectly plausible that some junior DNC staffer was at dinner somewhere, endlessly cursing Seth Rich for having betrayed his party and endangered Hillary’s election, when one of his friends said he knew somebody who’d be willing to “take care of the problem” for a thousand bucks…

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/was-seth-rich-murdered-by-the-russians-the-democratic-elite-or-the-democratic-base/#comment-2069185

    • Thanks: SafeNow
  13. @Realist

    Chelsea-needed ‘blooding’.

  14. @Ron Unz

    It seems perfectly plausible that some junior DNC staffer was at dinner somewhere, endlessly cursing Seth Rich for having betrayed his party and endangered Hillary’s election, when one of his friends said he knew somebody who’d be willing to “take care of the problem” for a thousand bucks…
    and then got the DNC, FBI and Washington Police to cover it up. It certainly seems plausible to me.

    You think that, if the Deep State wanted to eliminate Rich, they would have made it look like an accident, or maybe a drugs overdose. But, as you’ve said about the Deep State previously, the incompetence and obviousness of these people is staggering. So you never know.

    • Agree: DCThrowback
    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  15. FerW says:
    @Ron Unz

    Julian Assange has strongly implied that Seth Rich was the source of the DNC emails that cost Hillary Clinton the presidency. So if Seth Rich died in a totally random street killing not long afterward…

    WikiLeaks and Assange have long prided themselves on always publishing truthful information and on protecting the anonymity of their sources. Some sources for documents eventually published by WikiLeaks (note: not necessarily “WikiLeaks sources”) ended up identified and charged (e.g. Bradley Manning, Justin Liverman) but not due to a disclosure by WikiLeaks or Assange.

    Here you have claimed that Assange “strongly implied” that Seth Rich was their source and, furthermore, that Rich was killed “not long afterward”. Is there evidence for that?

    Though Assange did bring up the topic of Rich’s murder in relation with journalistic sources, I do not think he ever implied him as WikiLeaks’ source (“strongly” or otherwise), much less before Rich’s death and theories about him being the source were already widely discussed publicly.

    Notice that I’m not trying to deny the claim that Rich was WikiLeaks’ source. (I actually think he is a reasonably likely candidate.) But unless you have proof for that statement what you are doing is defaming WikiLeaks and Assange, and tainting their good reputation for confidentiality, in addition to accuracy.

    • Replies: @Antiwar7
    , @Robert Dolan
  16. Stephane says:

    Killing the suspected source when the info is already leaked seems somewhat pointless.

    I’m not familiar with the ways this kind of investigations works, and the heavy redactions of the documents make them hard to follow (and I’m not a native english speaker, this does not help).

    Could they be preliminary work to determine if the FBI should be involved in the investigation, or do they point to an actual involvement ?

  17. TGD says:

    Seth Rich? Who cares- a real non-entity. What about the unsolved daylight murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer in Georgetown in 1964. Meyer was the long term love interest of JFK. And did Dorothy Kilgallen die by suicide or was she murdered?

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/44-years-later-a-washington-dc-death-unresolved-93263961/

    • Replies: @Jefferson Temple
  18. Ron Unz says:
    @Verymuchalive

    and then got the DNC, FBI and Washington Police to cover it up. It certainly seems plausible to me.

    Assuming Rich’s likely role was widely known in elite Democratic circles, once he was dead, it’s easy to imagine they mobilized to cover-up his involvement as the leaker and claim the death was a random street-killing. And the cover-up wouldn’t have been too extreme since the hypothesis is that he was killed by an ordinary hired street-thug rather than some sort of Deep State hitman.

    Consider also that Rich was supposedly still alive when the police found him on the street. That hardly seems the work of an elite assassin.

  19. Rich says:

    The lesson to be learned here? Don’t mess with the Clintons. I remember years ago reading about a guy who was accused of raping a Clinton cousin, he was castrated and dumped at some sheriff’s office. Turned out it was the wrong guy. Rough group.

    • Thanks: Orville H. Larson
  20. Antiwar7 says:
    @FerW

    Wikileaks offered a 20,000 dollar reward for information leading to a conviction in Seth Rich’s murder, a month after he died. How many other such rewards did they offer?

  21. @Stephane

    Killing the suspected source when the info is already leaked seems somewhat pointless.

    For the encouragement of the others.

    • Agree: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  22. piety piet says: • Website

    The Taskforce Notebook with G.W.
    youtube.com/watch?v=t5CwQ0iny3I
    a long ranging one by George Webb [Schweigert] .. on Seth at least 10 minutes straight [sorry, no mark] .. funny tho .. he never returns to those honeypots in norway and leak tracker tales from .. what? .. several years ago already ??

    i tapped up this thought yesterday: GW subtext [i think i’m not wrong, what say u?]: good zionists are numb and mum [Schweigerts? perhaps even dumb?] about the Palestinians issue … cause they pick their battles and you can’t win ‘m all … we have to leave that to the bad zionists for now in order to focus on much grander & more humongous probs .. as opposed to .. me say .. the wisened up zionist who will go for the easiest and simplest solution no matter if and when and if it’s then [as it always and invariable is] also duh tiniest one, iow ‘thru s t or o’ compostage focus to keep any and all moments from being lost and squandered or even desecrated ones.

  23. @Stephane

    Not pointless if the ones paying for the hit suspected that Rich might be in possession of more digital dirt. Just a guess, not an assertion.

  24. @TGD

    Inasmuch as all three probably died for knowing too much about the evil done by tptb, we should care about all of them.

  25. @schnellandine

    And the Clintons are vengeful. They sure don’t want anyone who they think has wronged them in any way getting away with it.

  26. So if this is true does Fox News get its money back from the Rich family? Fox had to settle with them just for insinuating that Rich met with foul play. But yeah, it seems a DEA agent hired MS-13 to do the wet work and they screwed up. They won’t be telling any tales.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  27. @Ron Unz

    Ron left out Seymour Hersh’s reporting that he had a source in the FBI who told him that the Seth Rich laptop included emails to Assange forwarding DNC emails.

    • Agree: Ron Unz
  28. @Bragadocious

    So if this is true does Fox News get its money back from the Rich family? Fox had to settle with them just for insinuating that Rich met with foul play.

    The lawsuits were about Seth’s brother.

  29. knowname says:

    I would bet a wood nickel that the FBI were the assassins.

  30. JimDandy says:
    @The Soft Parade

    One of the killers could come forward with video evidence and admit what happened and the story would still go the way of Epstein’s death.

  31. @Stephane

    Pointless?

    The FBI was probably in on the hit.

  32. @FerW

    Assange did insinuate that Rich was the source.

    And to push the bullshit Russian collusion hoax they couldn’t very well allow the real leaker to live.

  33. I remember hearing the Hersh interview (very profanity-laced, btw) and was surprised by the allegations that Rich was doing it all for money, seeking a nice big pay-off for his troubles. Contrast this with Chelsea Manning and you start to get a different picture developing.

    What went through my mind at the time I heard that Hersh interview was that Seth Rich was not the naive, idealist, innocent jewish kid trying to set the record straight that many portrayed him to be. I admit I was taken aback, also previously thinking him a young, brave American hero who paid with his life.

    If he was seeking money, it’s likely that he didn’t ‘give away’ his best stuff right off the bat. Which is why his laptop being in the FBI’s possession for dog nose how long, and no independent verification of its contents, leads me to tentatively conclude that Rich may not have been killed for what he already released, but for what he had held back and was going to unleash down the road when he could get absolute top dollar for the revelations…….

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