You will no doubt recall the sad story of Seth Rich, the DNC staffer who was found murdered on the street outside of his home. Just 12 days after his death, Wikileaks released the emails that proved Hillary Clinton and the DNC were conspiring to destroy Bernie Sanders. These were, obviously, obtained from mysterious sources. Almost immediately, there was speculation that Rich might, in fact, be that source.
That didn't fit the narrative, though. The official Democrat line has been - and remains - "Evil Russian hackers conspired with Trump to destroy Hillary because she would have been such an amazing president."
Now, it's starting to look like the initial inclination may have been correct. According to various sources, Seth Rich was in contact with Wikileaks and he did hand them "thousands of internal emails."
The Democratic National Committee staffer who was gunned down on July 10 on a Washington, D.C., street just steps from his home had leaked thousands of internal emails to WikiLeaks, law enforcement sources told Fox News.
A federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report detailing the contents of DNC staffer Seth Rich’s computer generated within 96 hours after his murder, said Rich 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.
“I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and Wikileaks,” the federal investigator told Fox News, confirming the MacFadyen connection. He said the emails are in possession of the FBI, while the stalled case is in the hands of the Washington Police Department.
...The federal investigator, who requested anonymity, said 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between Democratic National Committee leaders, spanning from January 2015 through late May 2016, were transferred from Rich to MacFadyen before May 21.
That story appeared this morning, but Fox's source is not the only one saying this. Yesterday, we heard something similar from a private investigator who's been looking into the case. That report first appeared at Fox5DC:
Rod Wheeler, a private investigator hired by the Rich family, suggests there is tangible evidence on Rich's laptop that confirms he was communicating with WikiLeaks prior to his death.
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.
Wheeler, a former D.C. police homicide detective, is running a parallel investigation into Rich’s murder. He said he believes there is a cover-up and the police department has been told to back down from the investigation.
"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.”
As Fox notes, Wheeler's claims are consistent with their findings:
The revelation is consistent with the findings of Rod Wheeler, a former DC homicide detective and Fox News contributor and whose private investigation firm was hired by Rich’s family to probe the case. Rich was shot from behind in the wee hours, but was not robbed.
“My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and Wikileaks,” Wheeler said. “I do believe that the answers to who murdered Seth Rich sits on his computer on a shelf at the DC police or FBI headquarters.”
Now, a few caveats:
1. Fox's "former federal investigator" is still anonymous. Given the amount of bogus anonymously sourced stories we've endured lately - both pro and anti-Trump - skepticism is warranted.
2. We have no way of knowing if these sources are unimpeachable. If there really is some kind of global conspiracy here, who's to say these people are on the up and up? It's just as possible that they're compromised by "the Russians" as anyone else.
3. Until we see the contents of that laptop - assuming it hasn't been smashed - we may never know the truth.
That said, let's put on our tinfoil hats for a moment:
Assuming all the above is true, it would implicate some of the United States's most powerful Democrats in the murder of a young man who was, by all accounts, a genuine patriot with a promising future. Is it possible that the intel community is trying to destroy the current administration to keep this cover-up alive and protect those responsible?
Also, is it possible that Comey's bizarre protection of Hillary Clinton, and subsequent bizarre re-opening announcement, could have represented the actions of a man who didn't want to throw the election to Trump, but later decided he couldn't live with the conspiracy?
As I said before, all of this should be taken with a huge grain of salt. Until we know more, and until someone is willing to put their name to the accusation, it's all speculation. We'll have to wait and see if there's any fire beneath the smoke.