One year after the murder of former DNC Staffer Seth Rich, over $345,000 has been raised in rewards, yet no suspects have been charged.
Democratic National Committee Staffer Seth Rich was murdered on July 10, 2016, and despite the public attention surrounding his death—and the possibility that he was the source who leaked thousands of DNC emails to WikiLeaks—no one has been held responsible for his murder.
He was just 27 years old, and was working as the voter expansion data director for the DNC in Washington D.C. Rich was shot twice in the back while he was walking home around 4:20 a.m., and the “official story” has always been that he was the victim of a botched robbery—yet even though he was killed, he was still found with his wallet, containing all of his cash and credit cards, and his expensive watch.
Despite the fact that the official narrative surrounding Rich’s death does not add up, and no suspects have been charged, anything questioning the alleged botched robbery has been labeled as a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
Even Rich’s family has criticized any attempt to link Seth Rich to WikiLeaks, or to politicize his death. In a statement commemorating the one-year anniversary of Rich’s death, his family asked for an end to “the continual push of false and inaccurate information about Seth’s death.”
“On the anniversary of the passing of our son and brother, we are again feeling the deep loss of this senseless act,” the family statement said. “Please cease using Seth as a political football in predetermined partisan narratives. The continual push of false and inaccurate information about Seth’s death, along with the harassment of Seth’s friends, family and co-workers, hurts those who were closest to Seth, and does nothing to bring justice to his killers.”
All politics aside, there are still questions surrounding the official narrative of Rich’s death.
As reported in June, a months-long forensic investigation conducted by the Profiling Project came to the conclusion that Rich’s murder “more likely was committed by a hired killer or serial murderer,” than a robbery gone bad.
“The crime scene was sanitized, there is no direct linking to really anything. The police have no suspects,” Kevin Doherty, lead investigator of the Profiling Project, said during a press conference.
“The individuals have gotten away with it at this point in time. There were no behavioral indications at the crime scene. It didn’t look like rage or revenge or hate were the motivation behind it. It’s really a lack of behavioral indicators, motion and evidence that leads us to believe that whoever did this is proficient at killing.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has not explicitly said whether Rich was the source of the leaked DNC emails, but he did say in August 2016 that he does not believe the official story of Rich’s death.
“Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often significant risks. There was a 27-year old that works for the DNC who was shot in the back… murdered.. for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington,” Assange said. When asked what he was suggesting, he replied, “I am suggesting that our sources take risks and they become concerned to see things occurring like that.”
Kim Dotcom, an internet entrepreneur who has been fighting extradition to the United States over copyright infringement allegations, revealed in May that he worked with Rich, and he said that if the U.S. Congress “includes #SethRich case into their Russia case,” he will give “written testimony with evidence that Seth Rich was WikiLeaks’ source.”
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) May 19, 2017
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) May 20, 2017
The questions are being asked—not just by conspiracy theorists, but also by political figures such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. During an interview in May, he said he believes Rich was assassinated for leaking thousands of DNC emails to WikiLeaks.
“We have this very strange story now of this young man who worked at the Democratic National Committee, who apparently was ASSASSINATED, at four in the morning, having given Wikileaks … 53,000 emails and 17,000 attachments,” Gingrich said.
“Nobody is investigating that. And what does that tell you about what was going on? Because it turns out it wasn’t the Russians. It was this young guy who I suspect was disgusted by the corruption of the Democratic National Committee. He’s been killed and apparently nothing serious has been done to investigate his murder.”
The fact is that one year later, there are still questions remaining as to who murdered Rich, and if it was more than just a robbery gone wrong, why was it covered up?
In addition to a White House petition calling for a special prosecutor to investigate Rich’s murder that has received nearly 70,000 signatures, offers for information on Rich’s killer have reached over $345,000 in rewards. This includes $20,000 from WikiLeaks, $25,000 from the D.C. Metropolitan Police, $100,000 from One America News, $100,000 from Republican donor Jack Burkman, and even $100,000 from former hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli.