A private investigator hired by Seth Rich’s family has told Fox 5 D.C. that there is “tangible evidence” the murdered DNC staffer was communicating with WikiLeaks prior to his death.
The Rich family was initially skeptical of claims that Seth Rich was the whistleblower who leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks.
But Rod Wheeler, a former D.C. police homicide detective hired by the family after police investigations stalled, has uncovered evidence that he believes prove the following:
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- Seth Rich was in regular communication with WikiLeaks prior to his death and leaked the DNC emails that ultimately led to Hillary Clinton’s election defeat
- Seth Rich was murdered for leaking DNC emails to WikiLeaks
- D.C. police homicide investigators on the Seth Rich case were ordered to stop investigating
When asked if there is evidence that ties Seth Rich to WikiLeaks, Rod Wheeler replied: “Absolutely. Yeah. That’s confirmed.”
Wheeler said he believes there is a high level cover-up and the police department has been told to back down from investigation Seth Rich’s murder.
“The police department nor the FBI have been forthcoming,” said Wheeler. “They haven’t been cooperating at all. I believe that the answer to solving his death lies on that computer, which I believe is either at the police department or either at the FBI. I have been told both.”
D.C. POLICE ORDERED TO STAND DOWN
Wheeler also told Fox 5, “I have a source inside the police department that has looked at me straight in the eye and said, ‘Rod, we were told to stand down on this case and I can’t share any information with you.’”
“Now, that is highly unusual for a murder investigation, especially from a police department. Again, I don’t think it comes from the chief’s office, but I do believe there is a correlation between the mayor’s office and the DNC and that is the information that will come out.”
Fox 5 explained the significance of the private investigator’s findings, and hinted at the extent of the cover-up perpetrated by the Democratic National Committee and D.C. law enforcement:
It has been almost a year since Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was murdered in the nation’s capital. There have been no solid answers about why he was killed until now.
Rich was shot and killed last July in Northwest D.C and police have suggested the killing in the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood was a botched robbery. However, online conspiracy theories have tied the murder to Rich’s work at the DNC.
Now, questions have been raised on why D.C. police, the lead agency on this murder investigation for the past ten months, have insisted this was a robbery gone bad when there appears to be no evidence to suggest that.
Just two months shy of the one-year anniversary of Rich’s death, FOX 5 has learned there is new information that could prove these theorists right.
WikiLeaks have long been suggesting that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich leaked the Clinton and Podesta emails, and not Russian hackers as is widely reported.
In an interview in the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper, a WikiLeaks spokesman said that U.S. intelligence reports suggesting that Russia probably hacked the DNC and gave the emails to WikiLeaks are “absolutely wrong”.
In the interview WikiLeaks envoy and former British ambassador Craig Murray said that he personally flew to the United States and was handed both the DNC emails and the Podesta emails.
Murray told the Daily Mail the emails came from a DNC insider with legal access to the emails who had knowledge of the corruption within the Clinton Foundation.
He said the motivation for the leaks was He said the motivation behind the leaks was “disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders.”
Murray also told the British newspaper The Express that the person that who handed over the e-mails was from the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
As Fox 5 reported on Monday, online conspiracy theorists immediately suspected that Seth Rich was the DNC insider turned whistleblower.
Wikileaks also fanned the flames of speculation back in August when Julian Assange insinuated to Dutch news sources the the source of the leaked emails was Seth Rich – and posted a $20,000 reward for information that led to a prosecution for the unsolved murder.
“Whistleblowers often take very significant efforts to bring us material and often at very significant risks,” Assange said in an interview to be aired Tuesday on the Dutch television program Nieuwsuur. “There’s a 27-year-old who works for the DNC and who was shot in the back, murdered, just a few weeks ago, for unknown reasons as he was walking down the streets in Washington.”
“I am suggesting that our sources take risks and they become concerned to see things occurring like that,” Assange added, when asked what he was alleging. “We don’t comment on who our sources are.”
Asked by interviewer Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal why he would speculate about the reasons behind someone being shot, Assange said it showed “our sources face serious risks.”
This was accompanied by a tweet from WikiLeaks offering a reward for information leading to the conviction of Rich’s murderer.
ANNOUNCE: WikiLeaks has decided to issue a US$20k reward for information leading to conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 9, 2016
Now, with new evidence uncovered by Rod Wheeler, the private detective hired by the Rich family to do the work that the D.C. police are refusing to do, there may finally be justice for Seth Rich.
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