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Tue Jul 9, 2019, 09:50 AM

Bogus Seth Rich story was a Russian plant

WASHINGTON — In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was gunned down by a squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton, giving rise to a notorious conspiracy theory that captivated conservative activists and was later promoted from inside President Trump’s White House, a Yahoo News investigation has found.

Russia’s foreign intelligence service, known as the SVR, first circulated a phony “bulletin” — disguised to read as a real intelligence report —about the alleged murder of the former DNC staffer on July 13, 2016, according to the U.S. federal prosecutor who was in charge of the Rich case. That was just three days after Rich, 27, was killed in what police believed was a botched robbery while walking home to his group house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C., about 30 blocks north of the Capitol.


The purported details in the SVR account seemed improbable on their face: that Rich, a data director in the DNC’s voter protection division, was on his way to alert the FBI to corrupt dealings by Clinton when he was slain in the early hours of a Sunday morning by the former secretary of state’s hit squad.

Yet in a graphic example of how fake news infects the internet, those precise details popped up the same day on an obscure website, whatdoesitmean.com, that is a frequent vehicle for Russian propaganda. The website’s article, which attributed its claims to “Russian intelligence,” was the first known instance of Rich’s murder being publicly linked to a political conspiracy.



https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-the-true-origins-of-the-seth-rich-conspiracy-a-yahoo-news-investigation-100000831.html

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Response to orson (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 10:06 AM

1. Cool Story Bro



Did they plant the one about the FBI not getting to forensically examine the DNC Server too?

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Response to orson (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 10:11 AM

2. Hillary is wretched.

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Response to orson (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 10:12 AM

3. So how is that seth rich ''botched robbery gone bad'' murder investigation going...???

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Response to orson (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 10:54 AM

4. NY Times speculates the DOSSIER was the SAME!

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Response to orson (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 10:55 AM

5. Bogus story about Seth Rich killed in a robbery

was planted by the FBI and Yahoo News.

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Response to orson (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 11:34 AM

6. Russia, Russia, Russia.

There was a leak of the emails, and this article points to Russia - as the source of the leak - without any real evidence. Still doesn't rule out an inside job.

https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-the-true-origins-of-the-seth-rich-conspiracy-a-yahoo-news-investigation-100000831.html

“It appeared to me that it was a very clear campaign to deflect an ongoing federal criminal investigation,” Sines said. “So then you have to look at why is Russia doing this? … It’s not rocket science before you add it up and you go, ‘Oh, if Seth is the leaker to WikiLeaks — it doesn’t have anything to do with the Russians. So of course Russia’s interest in doing this is incredibly transparent.” The Russian strategy, Sines said, was diabolically simple: “Let’s blame it on Seth Rich. He’s a very convenient target.”

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Response to orson (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 12:05 PM

7. Odd this story came out now. Somebody getting in front of something?

Wonder what Epstein knows?

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Response to Badsamm (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 03:00 PM

8. It's the anniversary of his murder tomorrow.

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 07:23 PM

9. Im guessing .000000000001% of Americans know his name or that he was killed or that it was the

Anniversary

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Response to orson (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 09:32 PM

10. Ohhhh! Dont turn around!

Here’s those dastardly RUSSIANS!!! as we type


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Response to orson (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 08:03 AM

12. Here is my favorite part of this story...

“And there was no evidence on his work computer of him downloading and disseminating things from the DNC.” (A spokeswoman for the FBI’s Washington field office said the office had never opened an investigation into Rich’s murder, considering it a local crime for which the Washington Metropolitan Police Department had jurisdiction. Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s acting director at the time, said in an interview that he reached out to his agents after he heard about the conspiracy stories about Rich and was told, “There’s no there there.”)”

So, the FBI didn’t investigate, but their acting director (and we know what the OIG thought of him) said his field agents (who didn’t investigate) told him there was nothing there. So, in other words, the FBI determined that there was nothing to find BEFORE investigating, and so they didn’t bother. Sounds like they learned their lesson from Clinton’s server investigation, where they also determined there wasn’t anything there before the investigation, but then had to investigate around the facts to make sure they reached that conclusion.

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