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Wed May 24, 2017, 08:52 AM

The life and death of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory

By David Weigel May 24 at 6:00 AM

When Seth Rich’s Gmail account received an alert this week from Mega.com, attempting to start a new account on a website created by the New Zealand-based Internet businessman and convicted hacker Kim Dotcom, his family knew that something was off.

Over seven frenzied days, Dotcom had become a leading purveyor of the theory that Rich, a staffer at the Democratic National Committee who was shot dead near his home in Northeast Washington last summer, had supplied DNC documents to WikiLeaks and was killed as a result. Multiple security analysts and an FBI investigation have tied the release to hackers with ties to Russia. D.C. police have said repeatedly that they think Rich was slain in a random robbery attempt.

According to experts and Rich’s family, the emailed invitation from welcome@mega.nz appeared to be an attempt to gain access to Rich’s email. Joel Rich, who maintains his late son’s Gmail account, did not click the link. Meanwhile, Dotcom was promising on Twitter to prove that the younger Rich had been in contact with WikiLeaks — and Fox News host Sean Hannity was telling his 2.37 million Twitter followers to be ready for a revelation.

Hannity had invited Dotcom to appear on his show for what he said on Twitter would be a “#GameChanger” interview. The implication: that Dotcom would finally offer evidence of his claim that Rich had sent internal DNC documents to WikiLeaks before his death.

All that began to unravel Tuesday afternoon, when Fox News retracted a story that had claimed the same Rich-WikiLeaks connection, telling readers that the article was “not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting.” Fox News did not respond to a request for comment, but Dotcom wrote on his website that he would not speak further about his allegations.

The latest revelation — that a hacker from New Zealand may have been trying as recently as this week to hack into Rich’s email — offered fresh evidence that the conspiracy theory is false. Dotcom, it seemed, may have been willing to create a fake archive of emails from Rich to “prove” his role in the DNC hack.

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DonViejo May 2017 OP
InAbLuEsTaTe May 2017 #1
Lotusflower70 May 2017 #2
Bengus81 May 2017 #3
spanone May 2017 #4
Blue_Tires May 2017 #5
Tommy_Carcetti May 2017 #7
Blue_Tires May 2017 #6
SalviaBlue May 2017 #8
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 2017 #9
burnbaby May 2017 #10

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 08:56 AM

1. Sad what Faux News & Hannity are doin to that poor family... but not surprising.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 09:05 AM

2. Unbelievable

“not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting"

Nothing on that channel is subjected to a high degree of editorial scrutiny, they just want ratings and money. It is absolutely disgusting how they are exploiting his death and his grieving family. And creating a fake archive of emails proves nothing except that you are a sick individual.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 09:08 AM

3. Yet another foot in the MOUTH moment for Sean Insanity...........

That POS would do anything to try and elevate himself and his pay grade to a Limbaugh or O'Reilly. ANYTHING.............

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 09:10 AM

4. proof that fox is what the 'president' calls, fake news. hannity should be fired.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 10:23 AM

5. Just a reminder that a LOT of Hillary haters on the left were running with this, too

and long before it was cool for the nutbars on the right:







(plenty more examples out there)

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #5)

Wed May 24, 2017, 12:00 PM

7. I had Tim Canova pegged from Day One.

He'd go on local right-wing nutbag Joyce Kaufmann's show to promote his candidacy and his supporters didn't question him once about it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 12:13 PM

8. Thanks for posting!

Rec.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 02:15 PM

10. odd, why would Assnage put out a reward?

 

WikiLeaks’s Julian Assange had persistently fed rumors of a connection with Rich without providing evidence. He has offered a $20,000 reward for information about Rich’s killer

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