Rich Family P.I.: There Is Evidence Seth Rich Communicated With WikiLeaks Prior To Death

[Seth Rich | Photo: S. Rich]
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Some may recall Washington DC-based DNC Staffer Seth Rich, who was supposedly murdered in a robbery gone awry. However, it has been learned that was simply a cover story for an apparently deeper situation.

[Video: courtesy of FOX 5]

It was originally thought that Seth Rich’s family hired P.I. Rod Wheeler. However, it has been learned a now-known third party actually employed Wheeler to work with The Rich Family.

[Video: courtesy of FOX5]

More, Wheeler initially claimed his FBI source availed Seth Rich was in communique with WikiLeaks shortly before his murder. Here’s the FOX 5 transcript:

FOX 5 DC: ‘You have sources at the FBI saying that there is information…’

WHEELER: ‘For sure…’

FOX 5 DC: ‘…that could link Seth Rich to WikiLeaks?’

WHEELER: ‘Absolutely. Yeah. That’s confirmed.’”

While WikiLeaks and a laptop were previous would-be evidence in the case (re: comments in the second clip), Wheeler has since been a contrarian of his original thought-to-be “confirmed” statement. More, upon many attempts to contact Wheeler, he went dark.

Prior to FOX 5’s March 17th report, Wheeler finally replied to their correspondence via phone—that’s when he spoke to the contrary, saying his official, recorded words were “miscommunication.” Further, in light of all this, Wheeler is apparently continuing his investigation on behalf of The Rich Family.

But according to a Rich Family representative, “The family has relayed their deep disappointment with Rod Wheeler’s conduct over the last, 48 hours and is exploring legal avenues to the family.”

Here’s FOX 5’s original report:

“It has been almost a year since Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was murdered in the nation’s capital. There have been no, solid answers about why he was killed—until now.

Rich was shot and killed last July in Northwest DC, and police have suggested the killing in the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood was a botched robbery. However, online, conspiracy theories have tied the murder to Rich’s work at the DNC.

Just two months shy of the one-year anniversary of [Seth] Rich’s death, FOX 5 has learned there is new information that could prove these theorists right.

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. Wheeler’s services were offered to the family and paid for by [Ed Butowsky], according to a statement issued by the Rich family Tuesday, which also includes that ‘the private investigator who spoke to press was offered to the Rich family and paid for by [Ed Butowsky], and contractually was barred from speaking to press or anyone outside of law enforcement or the family unless explicitly authorized by the family.’

Now, questions have been raised on why DC 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.
Wheeler, a former DC-police homicide detective, is running a parallel investigation into Rich’s murder. He said he believes there is a cover-up, and the police department has been told to back down from the investigation.”

While Wheeler informed FOX 5 he’d be keeping them apprised of the investigation, DC police recently told FOX 5 Reporter Melanie Alnwick that Wheeler’s DCPD-stand-down claim is untrue.

[Video: courtesy of FOX 5]

Here’s The Rich Family’s statement: “As we’ve seen through the past year of unsubstantiated claims, we see no facts; we have seen no evidence; we have been approached with no emails and only learned about this when contacted by the press. Even if tomorrow, an email was found, it is not a high enough bar of evidence to prove any interactions—as emails can be altered—and we’ve seen that those interested in pushing conspiracies will stop at nothing to do so. We are a family who is committed to facts—not fake evidence that surfaces every few months to fill the void and distract law enforcement and the general public from finding Seth’s murderers. The services of the private investigator who spoke to press was offered to the Rich family and paid for by [Ed Butowsky] and contractually was barred from speaking to press or anyone outside of law enforcement or the family unless explicitly authorized by the family.”

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