DNC staffer Seth Rich was killed under suspicious circumstances in July of last year, and the killer still hasn’t been caught. His shooting death was initially reported as a botched robbery, which seemed suspect given that nothing was stolen from Rich and he was shot in the back.
The unusual circumstances of his death immediately led to conspiracy theories, and now nearly a year later, they’re back after Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler claimed there was evidence that Rich had been in contact with Wikileaks prior to his death. Rich’s family blasted Wheeler’s claim, which they clarified was “unsubstantiated.”
A separate Federal investigator claims to have found the same, however. An FBI forensic report of Rich’s computer — generated within 96 hours after Rich’s murder — showed he 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, the federal source told Fox News.
The notorious internet entrepreneur and hacker Kim Dotcom also claimed to have known for a fact that Rich was in contact with Wikileaks.
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) May 20, 2017
I'm meeting my legal team on Monday. I will issue a statement about #SethRich on Tuesday. Please be patient. This needs to be done properly.
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) May 20, 2017
Of course, we should take all such claims with a grain of salt.
However, one of the most bizarre developments thus far came after some parts of Rich’s internet footprint were discovered (under an alias). As a report from Cassandra Fairbanks at Big League Politics noted, after Reddit users managed to track down the accounts on the site belonging to murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich, someone began editing and deleting his comments.
While it is unclear if someone is actually logged in and meddling with his account, or if Reddit took it upon themselves to remove identifying information about someone who is no longer living — it is still an odd occurrence.
Reddit users first located Rich’s main account, ‘MeGrimlock4’, where Rich had posted looking for his parent’s lost dog and left his email address.
The email was one of three said to belong to the DNC staffer that were tweeted on Friday by tech mogul and friend of Julian Assange, Kim Dotcom.
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) May 19, 2017
Dotcom claims that Rich was the one who leaked the DNC emails to WikiLeaks — and that he knew him. The tech mogul has promised to provide more information on what he has been calling a “political murder” on Tuesday after he speaks to his lawyers.
The last post ever made by ‘MeGrimlock4’ was about his appreciation for patriotic clothes.
There is also a post which included a photo of him with Warren Buffett — as well as posts about his volunteering at the Washington Humane Society, and his love of dogs and pandas.
Strangely, this account’s posts were edited on Saturday, after it was discovered by the internet, by someone who has apparently never heard of the ‘Streisand Effect.’
The post searching for his parent’s lost dog was edited to remove the two email addresses that were included in the original post.
“For some strange reason, whoever was meddling with Rich’s account also appears to have deleted his most recent post, which was made much closer to the time of his actual death; his other recent comments currently read ’11 months ago’, while this one reads ’10 months ago’. This one is even more suspicious, because while the actual comment made appears unremarkable, the fact that it is posted in the subreddit r/washingtondc makes it clear that the account belongs to someone in DC, which could tip off future online investigators that they might be looking at Rich’s account even after the email information was deleted. I hope we get an explanation about this from Reddit admin as well,” independent journalist Caitlin Johnstone noted in her Medium post about the strange occurrence.
The email accounts tweeted by Dotcom pointed to the Twitter accounts @panda4progress and @Pandas4Bernie which many have now attributed to Rich. If these accounts do belong to the murder victim, it indicates that he was definitely a Bernie bro, which has long been the theory on why he would have chosen to leak the information that revealed internal plotting against the Vermont senator’s campaign.
The Pandas4Bernie Twitter account was last active on June 11, less than one month before Rich was murdered. The last tweet on the account was a manifesto about continuing to fight for Senator Bernie Sanders.
If this is all one big conspiracy – at least there’s a hell of a lot more evidence to be suspicious over the circumstances in question, than, say, belief that the Trump campaign was in cahoots with Russia.