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Monday, May 15, 2017

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.

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This story offers no evidence that Rich was communicating with WikiLeaks.

All it offers is a claim by a private detective that someone told him Rich was communicating with WikiLeaks.

There's no reason provided to believe this hearsay.

#1 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-16 12:50 AM | Reply

I would expect many staffers communicated with wikileaks while leaks were happening to plan damage control.
Is there any evidence he leaked anything?

#2 | Posted by bored at 2017-05-16 01:20 AM | Reply

They aren't offering any evidence of their claims. Then again, there is no evidence that Rich was killed during a bothched robbery yet that is the official story.

Can't blame the family for wanted this death investigated.

#3 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-16 09:42 AM | Reply

No, you can't, but that doesn't mean the private detective they hired should be believed when he makes claims without evidence.

This detective once declared there was an epidemic of lesbian gangs in schools recruiting girls as young as 10.

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#4 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-16 09:48 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

this will go nowhere just like the Michael Hastings investigation.

#5 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2017-05-17 12:33 PM | Reply

Fox's Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory Falls Apart: ‘Investigator' Admits He Has No Evidence

But Tuesday afternoon, Wheeler told CNN he had no evidence to suggest Rich had contacted Wikileaks before his death.

Wheeler instead said he only learned about the possible existence of such evidence through the reporter he spoke to for the FoxNews.com story. He explained that the comments he made to WTTG-TV were intended to simply preview Fox News' Tuesday story. The WTTG-TV news director did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

"I only got that [information] from the reporter at Fox News," Wheeler told CNN.

A former law enforcement official with first-hand knowledge of Rich's laptop said the claim was incorrect. "It never contained any e-mails related to WikiLeaks, and the FBI never had it," the person said.

Right Wing Watch

Fox News! Sorry - I meant Fake News!

#6 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2017-05-17 01:29 PM | Reply

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Interesting article.

This is what happens when people who don't **** their cousins hear about stuff that people who do wholeheartedly believe in.

#7 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-05-17 01:35 PM | Reply

"I only got that [information] from the reporter at Fox News"

Well, there's your first problem right there.

#8 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-17 01:38 PM | Reply

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It really should read:

"I only got that [information] from the reporter at Fox News, who got it from a guy whose paycheck used to be signed by Steve Bannon."

#9 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-05-17 01:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Can't blame the family for wanted this death investigated.

#3 | POSTED BY SULLY AT 2017-05-16 09:42 AM

Except they're not asking for this, it's being thrust on them. Wheeler has no credibility, and the Fox crowd is grasping at straws to draw attention away from our incompetent president.

www.businessinsider.com

#10 | Posted by micd at 2017-05-17 03:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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There's no reason provided to believe this hearsay.

#1 | POSTED BY RCADE AT 2017-05-16 12:50 AM

Agreed.

Now please explain how this is any different then the reporting on the "anonymous sources" that claim to have "seen a memo" or the "anonymous current and former officials" who claim to know what was said "in a meeting" that they didn't attend.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-05-17 03:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

*waiting for the inevitable attack on the source*

#12 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-05-17 03:48 PM | Reply

Can't blame the family for wanted this death investigated.

#3 | POSTED BY SULLY AT 2017-05-16 09:42 AM

Except they're not asking for this, it's being thrust on them. Wheeler has no credibility, and the Fox crowd is grasping at straws to draw attention away from our incompetent president.

www.businessinsider.com

#10 | Posted by micd at 2017-05-17 03:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

Except what I said is that the family wants the death investigated, which is confirmed by your link.

They aren't paying for the investigator but apparently agreed to have him work on it, which means they want him looking into it.

What your article says is that they don't want him talking to the media and don't find the conspiracy theories productive, which doesn't contradict the post you replied to in any way.

#13 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-17 03:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Now please explain how this is any different then the reporting on the "anonymous sources" ...

Major newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and New York Times are more credible than a random person like this detective.

I was a newspaper reporter. When we used an unnamed source our editors were told who it was. When it was a major story our lawyers also were told.

That's nothing like this link, which quoted a rando claiming he was told something by somebody he didn't name.

#14 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-17 06:42 PM | Reply

#14

Fair enough, complicating matters from an evidentiary standpoint is that this is classic "double" hearsay as opposed to the single hearsay in my question.

#15 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-05-17 07:12 PM | Reply

Seth Rich murder conspiracy theories slammed by family

Conspiracy theories about Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer who was murdered in 2016, are spreading around social media. However, his parents and D.C. police say there's no substance to all the speculation.

. . .

Rich's parents have rejected the conspiracy theories.

"We are a family committed to the facts, not fake evidence that surfaces every few months to fill the void and distract," they said in a statement.

www.wusa9.com

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-17 07:36 PM | Reply

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