About the only people in the world who think that Seth Rich was killed in a “botched robbery” are Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
The circumstances surrounding Rich’s death naturally leads to speculation that his death involved his work at the DNC. Seth managed voter rolls for the DNC. The DNC was “hacked” in series of events which began November and December 2015 by Russia and Bernie Sander’s campaign, reportedly. By April 2016, according to a DOJ indictment, Russia “hacked” the DNC in earnest. July 10, Seth was shot twice in the back and died at a hospital. In late July 2016, the FBI and Peter Strzok opened a counterintelligence investigation regarding Russia. With all the redactions and secrecy that surround FOIA requests on information related to Seth Rich, that counterintelligence investigation may have involved Seth Rich’s murder, not just “hacking.” August 9, 2016, Julian Assange and Wikileaks implied that Seth Rich was a source of information provided to them and offered a reward for information related to his murder.
Motive-based speculation on his Rich’s death has been rampant. His death seems to have exposed just how rotten America’s politicians, media, and Department of Justice have become. The right says that the numerous highly-suspicious deaths that have followed the Clinton’s rise to power, insulating the Clintons from information exposing their criminal activity, makes them prime suspects in Rich’s death. The left will point out that the DOJ says that Russia hacked the DNC, and Trump and Russia have a long, seemingly-treasonous relationship, making Trump and Russia suspects in a “false-flag” style murder designed to frame Hillary based on the Clinton’s long suspicious track record. People in the center, who don’t have a political axe to grind, or who see the wisdom in correcting and strengthening their own party, will point out that the Trumps and Clintons have a long, friendly relationship between them and are both controlled by the same Jeff Epstein/Ghislaine Maxwell blackmail network.
Allegations of sex with minors, or statutory rape, were enough to elect a Democrat to the Senate in one of the most “red” states in the Union, Alabama, but neither the Trump or Clinton camp made a campaign issue of the other sides’ extensive ties to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in a detente reminiscent of the US/USSR “mutually assured destruction” nuclear war scenario. Disturbingly, the “mainstream” media was complicit in suppressing this information, leaving us voters with the “Southpark choice,” as I describe it for etiquette’s sake. As this blackmail network would control the White House no matter what party we voted for, by extension they would, and do, also control the Department of Justice, and any narratives created or not created by what the DOJ investigates or doesn’t investigate. Think about that for a minute.
Beyond motive, criminologists use means and opportunity to solve crimes. Prosecutors use these three elements to obtain convictions. Evidence associated with Rich’s murder tends to disprove that his murder was a “botched robbery.” Nothing was stolen from him, casting doubt on the “robbery” motive. Security cameras were hacked and disabled, meaning that a sophisticated organization was involved. And perhaps worst of all, Seth died at the hospital from what should have been very survivable wounds.
And so speculation has indeed been rampant. Sean Hannity, cable news most popular talk show host, speculated about it. I speculated about it. The President himself personally reviewed and approved information speculating about the motive for Rich’s murder before it was published. From London, Julian Assange and Wikileaks implied that Seth Rich was a source for them and offered a reward for information related to his murder. And in the background of all that, the FBI says they didn’t investigate Seth Rich’s murder.
Moving to the genesis of the FBI’s denial, Matt Couch also investigated Seth Rich’s murder, and in the process slandered Seth’s brother Aaron. Aaron sued him. Responding to the suit, Ty Clevenger, Attorney for Matt Couch, requested information on Seth Rich from the DNI, CIA and NSA in a Freedom of Information Request. PDF here.
The FBI responded by saying that they had conducted a “reasonable” search of their records for Seth Rich and found nothing. This information is from the FBI’s response to Ty Clevenger after he pointed out information that suggested that the FBI was not truthful or diligent in their efforts to locate records.
Moving past the legalize off all this, here’s a list of reasons to believe that the FBI did in fact have records on Seth Rich.
- Emails between Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and others discussed Seth Rich.
- Said emails contained redactions. The redaction codes
- Emails say that someone “squashed that with (redacted).”
- In an interview of Deborah Sines by Michael Isikoff, Sines said that the FBI had reviewed the contents of Seth Rich’s laptop.
- Seymour Hersh made extensive detailed remarks about the FBI investigating Rich’s death.
- The NSA classified communications on Seth Rich based on “national security.”
Let’s take a look at each.
Emails between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page
Judicial Watch received 144 pages of emails between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in response to a FOIA request. Some of these emails contained “Seth Rich” as a Subject.
Here’s a list of the FBI Redaction Codes, or as they call them, the FOIA Exemptions. Look at the page above. B5 is “Inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters that would not be available by law to a party other than an agency in litigation with the agency.” B6 is “Personnel and medical files and similar files, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” B7 is “Records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent that the production of such law enforcement records or information:” B7, subset C is “Could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;”. B7, subset E is “Would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions if such disclosure could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law,” The only thing discussed here is a very public report where Julian Assange offered a reward, and the FBI uses this alphabet soup of Bravo Sierra to cover up the names of people in this email chain who are paid by taxpayers, and a sentence or so. It just stinks. It’s coverup overkill.
In the emails between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, someone “squashed this with REDACTED.” I’m thinking the redacted section was NatSec. They love their acronyms, and NatSec fits the box, but who knows. The NSA claimed national security was the reason they would not turn over their records. Craig Murray did a more complete analysis of all this in The FBI Has Been Lying About Seth Rich.
Deborah Sines remarks to Michael Isikoff
This is a screenshot of a motion filed by Ty Clevenger, where he provides further evidence that the FBI has records on Seth Rich. Clevenger documented how US Attorney Deborah Sines told Michael Isikoff that the FBI had investigated a Fox News report alleging communications between Seth Rich and Wikileaks. “And there was no evidence on his work computer of him downloading and disseminating things from the DNC.” Sines also said the FBI was “looking into” whether someone tried to hack Rich’s Gmail account after his death.
Seymour Hersh’s remarks
Seymour Hersh made comments to Ed Butowsky that Butowsky recorded and later released. Wikileaks has the audio here. I put enough of the text below to show that Hersh said there was an FBI report and a NSA report on Seth Rich, and that the FBI cyber unit accessed his computer. Seymour Hersh:
“They go in the house, and they can’t do much with his computer, it’s password. The cops don’t know much about it. So the DC cops, they have a cyber unit in DC and they’re more sophisticated. They come and look at it. The idea is maybe he’s had a series of exchanges with somebody who says ‘I’m going to kill you, you mother ****er over a girl’ or… And they can’t get in. The cyber guys are a little better, but they can’t make sense of it, so they call the FBI cyber unit.”
“They got access to the DropBox. He also – this is also in the FBI report – he also let people know with whom he was dealing. I don’t know how he dealt with the Wikileaks and the mechanism but he also… The word was passed according to the NSA report, “I also shared this box with a couple of friends so if anything happens to me it’s not going to solve your problems.”
NSA response to FOIA request on Seth Rich
The NSA isn’t confused. Seth Rich’s communications are a matter of National Security. “Fifteen documents (32 pages) responsive to your request have been reviewed by this agency as required by the FOIA and have been found to be currently and properly classified in accordance with Executive Order 13526… The documents are classified because their disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave or serious damage to the national security.”
How is it that the NSA would sequester information related to a homicide on the basis of “national security?”
The way I read the 14th Amendment, you can’t just legally assassinate a citizen of the United States, or cover up information related to a murder. The FBI and CIA can decline to investigate for whatever reason, if they so choose. Dealing with highly-classified information, they would normally be the agencies in charge of an investigation. But what is highly illegal is to not investigate, and classify information that would be useful to the default organization with jurisdiction over the investigation, the Metropolitan Police Department. The MPD won’t have access to these communications involving “national security” either, and won’t have a reason to move beyond their naive theory of a “botched robbery.” These information games are a violation of everything our Constitution embodies both implicitly and explicitly.
Of course, the FBI probably did investigate, based on the evidence I outlined previously. They don’t say they didn’t investigate, they just say they couldn’t locate any records based on their method of search. Craig Murray did a great article on the FBI and Seth Rich. He was less diplomatic in the title of his article than I am: The FBI Has Been Lying About Seth Rich. I’ve went a step further awhile back, and speculated that the investigation was Obstructed by President Trump.
So it’s pretty simple. If the FBI can’t/won’t investigate any further, or never did in the first place, and the NSA has relevant information that would could potentially change the theory of motive on Seth Rich’s murder, the NSA is required by the Constitution of the United States to turn those records over to the MPD. The family of Seth Rich is entitled to “equal protection of the laws.” The NSA doesn’t do criminal investigations.
Further the FBI owes the public a complete accounting of everything they have investigated or discussed about Seth Rich, and an explanation on why their search methods appear to be designed to skirt FOIA requirements. I think there are still some good people working at the FBI and a lot of their nonsense is not something they choose to do, although they desperately need to do something to restore their credibility. I’m just going to say they’re “confused” and need to straighten it all out.