Conspiracy theories surrounding Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich’s death July last year re-emerged over the weekend after hacker Kim Dotcom said the former was Wikileaks source. In his tweets, Dotcom offered to give Congress “written testimony with evidence that Seth Rich was Wikileaks source” — if Congress agrees to include the Seth Rich case in their Russia probe.
Rich, who worked as a voter expansion data director at the DNC, was shot twice in the back while walking home in Bloomingdale neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C., last year. At a time when police linked Rich’s death to a botched robbery case, doubts were raised that the 27-year-old was killed in retaliation for aiding leak of DNC emails that Wikileaks published ahead of 2016 Democratic National Convention. Further rumors surfaced after Wikileaks offered a $20,000 reward for information on the murder of Rich.
“This is a robbery that ended tragically,” Kevin Donahue, Washington’s deputy mayor for public safety, told NBC News this week. “That’s bad enough for our city, and I think it is irresponsible to conflate this into something that doesn’t connect to anything that the detectives have found. No WikiLeaks connection.”