The Curious Case of Seth Rich: Why DNC Staffer’s Murder Continues to Stir Up Political Controversy

DNC staffer Seth Rich’s unresolved homicide case continues to be elevating questions on either side of the US political aisle. An American investigative journalist has make clear the efforts to get to the underside of the case and the FBI’s potential position in investigating the 27-year-old’s loss of life.

Earlier this month, American legal professional Ty Clevenger introduced on his weblog that his years-long search of paperwork in regards to the mysterious homicide of 27-year-old DNC worker Seth Rich had ultimately borne fruit: after repeated denials, the FBI reportedly admitted that it has over 20,000 pages of data mentioning the sufferer and, extra importantly, his private laptop computer at present being below examination by the bureau.

To again his declare, Clevenger quoted a letter he acquired from Assistant US Attorney Andrea Parker, who’s representing the FBI in a case towards his consumer. Previously, the bureau claimed that it had sought however did not discover any paperwork in regards to the murdered DNC worker. Clevenger repeatedly requested the investigative company’s data in regards to the DNC staffer, citing a consumer with second-hand data of paperwork that the FBI supposedly extracted from Seth Rich’s digital gadgets.

Was the FBI Somehow Involved within the Inquiry Into Rich’s Death?

There are a quantity of different circumstances that might entice the FBI, however it will have to contain crimes that span a number of US states, the investigative journalist highlights. To complicate issues additional, the general public doesn’t know that a lot in regards to the taking pictures “because there has been virtually no police investigation”, he says, including that “the entire matter is extremely unusual”. The crime has remained unresolved for over 4 years.

On 10 July 2016, DNC worker Seth Rich was shot lifeless in what appeared to be a botched theft. Rich’s loss of life triggered rather a lot of controversy:

·         It occurred lower than two weeks earlier than the discharge of hundreds of DNC inside emails and paperwork by WikiLeaks.

·         In August 2016, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange dropped a really obscure trace in an interview with a Dutch TV reporter regarding a murdered “27-year-old who worked for DNC” whereas talking in regards to the group’s supply. Assange’s comment was interpreted as a reference to Seth Rich. 

The story was instantly denounced as “bogus” by US mainstream information companies and intelligence officers: an FBI official and a former regulation enforcement member “with first-hand knowledge of Rich’s laptop” informed NBC News the identical day that the DC MPD had not given the bureau the DNC staffer’s laptop computer to analyse after his homicide. On 23 May 2017, Zimmerman’s story was retracted as not assembly the community’s “standards”, and shortly after that Fox News was sued by the DNC staffer’s mother and father.

NBC News argued on the time that there was no means Rich might be WikiLeaks’ supply, because the DNC e mail leak “came from a Russian hacking operation”. Moscow resolutely denied the declare that it was concerned in an alleged breach as absurd.

AP Photo / Paul Holston This Tuesday, June 14, 2016 file picture exhibits the doorway to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters in Washington

Obvious Flaws in the “Russia Did It” Theory

The “Russia did it” story with regard to the alleged hack of DNC servers raised extra questions than solutions. Although the US Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) formally pinned the blame on Moscow in January 2017, the committee’s {hardware} has by no means been examined by the FBI, which fully relied on information supplied by CrowdStrike, a DNC contractor.

However, CrowdStrike President Shawn Henry acknowledged in a sworn testimony in December 2017 within the US Congress that the agency “did not have concrete evidence that the data was exfiltrated [moved electronically] from the DNC, but [it has] indicators that it was exfiltrated”. Henry reiterated that “there’s no evidence” that the info was exfiltrated a number of instances in the course of the interview.

​Speaking to Sputnik in August 2020, William Binney, a cryptographer and former technical director on the US National Security Agency (NSA), defined why the DNC emails weren’t obtained by way of a “hack”, however downloaded on a thumb drive as a substitute, which signifies that it was doubtless an “inside job”.  

Referring to the “indicators” talked about by Henry throughout his December 2017 testimony, Binney steered that “the indications that it was [exfiltrated], is this FAT file format”.

SputnikProtesters collect outdoors Australia House in London on Saturday for rally in assist of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange forward of extradition hearings.
Seth Rich’s Story is Still Shrouded in Secrecy

The story of Rich being the supply for WikiLeaks has however continued to make the rounds in social and various media, whereas the US mainstream media has continued to denounce it as a conspiracy.

In August 2019, Yahoo investigative reporter Michael Isikoff informed NPR’s Terry Gross that he had particularly requested Andrew McCabe, who was the appearing director of the FBI on the time, whether or not the bureau had something to do with Rich’s investigation. “McCabe says when he first heard this, he reached out to his agents and was told there’s nothing there”, Isikoff harassed. “There’s no there there”.

Nevertheless, the letter acquired by American legal professional Ty Clevenger from a lawyer representing the FBI speaks to the opposite. The Epoch Times, a US-based conservative media outlet, acknowledged on 11 December that it had “confirmed the email is legitimate”.

It stays unclear whether or not the bureau will present Clevenger with the supplies in query in response to his FOIA request. The letter says that the FBI is constant the search and can be “working on getting the files from Seth Rich’s personal laptop into a format to be reviewed”, including that “unfortunately, these efforts are hampered by FBI FOIA office’s reduction to a 50% staffing posture due to Covid”.

Meanwhile, the DNC worker’s homicide continues to immediate new theories and official narratives, neither of which, in accordance to the investigative journalist, correctly explains what truly occurred to Seth Rich. 


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