Written by: Ben Marquis
In July 2016, a staffer for the Democrat National Committee in the nation’s capitol named Seth Rich was murdered a mere block from his home, shot twice in the back in what was quickly ruled a robbery gone wrong, despite reports that nothing of value was stolen from Rich, prompting a variety of conspiracy theories to explain his death.
Those theories just received a massive renewal of interest following a bombshell report from WTTG in D.C. that a private detective has found evidence suggesting Rich had been in contact with WikiLeaks via email shortly before his murder, fueling speculation that he was the source of the voluminous leak of embarrassing DNC documents and emails published online just a couple of weeks after the murder.
Retired D.C. homicide detective Rod Wheeler, reportedly hired by a third party to conduct a parallel investigation of Rich’s murder, also stated that he believed law enforcement agencies, specifically the D.C. Metro police and FBI, have engaged in a cover-up and were deliberately slow-walking their investigation.
“The police department nor the FBI have been forthcoming. They haven’t been cooperating at all,” Wheeler said. “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.”
Asked whether his sources inside law enforcement have told him there were connections between Rich and WikiLeaks, Wheeler replied: “Absolutely. Yeah. That’s confirmed.”
“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,’” Wheeler added. “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 (Tuesday).”