The WikiLeaks disclosures and subsequent scandal that followed caused seismic shifts in the political landscape that would have made Dr. Richter proud.
Unfortunately, with every earth-shattering moment, there are the inevitable casualties.
Sadly for the family and friends of Seth Rich, his unsolved killing last summer in the nation’s capital is having more than a few at least openly questioning if the “botched robbery” as the Washington, DC police calls it, was actually a politically motivated murder.
As it turns out, the former staffer with the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and oft-described rising star in the Democratic Party was gunned down on the streets of Northwest DC early on a Sunday morning last July.
Oddly enough, the killer seemed only to want to kill Rich, never taking his wallet, cell phone, credit cards, wristwatch or any other valuables from him.
While the Metropolitan Police have made no arrests and are still attempting to find any video evidence that may have caught the crime, the Rich family has decided to start their own GoFundMe page to raise money so they can find the killer or killers.
As Fox5 of Washington, DC notes, “Some theorists believe his death was tied to the WikiLeaks release of a barrage of DNC emails. Rich’s death happened 12 days before the email dump and WikiLeaks has even put up reward money to help find his killer.”
Even further in whetting the appetite of conspiracy theorists, the right-of-center news portal Heat Street cited in the wake of the Rich killing a number of other deaths involving those in the orbit of Bill and Hillary Clinton;
John Ashe: The former President of the UN General Assembly was awaiting trial on bribery charges when he turned up dead in June, apparently having crushed his own windpipe while lifting weights in his home. According to theories floating around on the web, Ashe was “scheduled to testify against the Clinton family” when he met his untimely end. There isn’t much independent confirmation for his testimony appointment, but Ashe was part of a scheme to funnel foreign money to the Democratic National Committee during the Clinton years.
Victor Thorne: Thorne was, himself, a conspiracy theorist (and a Holocaust denier), but his suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound drew attention from political media because his latest project – a forthcoming book – was reportedly a treasure trove of Hillary Clinton opposition research.
Seth Rich: The DNC staffer was attacked near DC’s up-and-coming Bloomingdale neighborhood three weeks ago. DC police say they still have no clues or leads in what they say was a random killing, likely part of a burglary attempt. But while Rich was beaten, shot and killed, he wasn’t robbed; he still had his wallet, watch and phone when police discovered his body. Reddit, which has been “investigating” Rich’s death, is convinced that Rich was pushed to pass internal email to Wikileaks, resulting in the document dump that forced Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation.
Joe Montano: An aide to Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine died of an apparent heart attack in his Falls Church, Va., home in late July. Montano, who was close to Kaine and had been employed by him for several years, was working for the Democratic National Committee when he died. Eagle-eyed conspiracy theorists immediately connected his death to Rich’s, even though Montano reportedly passed away from a medical event.
Shawn Lucas: Lucas, the lead attorney and process server in fraud case against the DNC filed by Bernie Sanders supporters, was found dead on his bathroom floor just this past week. Lucas’s death is strange, as he was reportedly in good health, according to his girlfriend. He had just appeared in a viral video showing the moment he surprised DNC officials with the fraud allegations. Theorists have linked his death to a massive “cover-up” on the part of the Clinton campaign, but they don’t offer much, aside from speculation, to tie the deaths together.