During the morning hours of July 8, D.C. resident Seth Rich was shot and killed - after being beaten - while he was walking back to his home and chatting on the phone with his girlfriend. Police have no leads to speak of, and are unsure as to a motive for the killing. Rich’s wallet, watch, and phone were still on his person when he was found.
While Rich’s killing may ultimately prove to be a robbery gone wrong, many have speculated that his job as a Democratic National Committee (DNC) staff member may have played a part in his demise; some particularly conspiracy-minded folks even think that Rich might even be the person responsible for giving 30,000 “private” emails from inside the DNC to Wikileaks last year.
Now, according to news reported by Fox 5 DC, high-profile private investigator Rod Wheeler says that there is, indeed, evidence on Rich’s laptop that he had some kind of relationship with the renegade organization. Wheeler was hired by Rich’s family to conduct his own investigation into the murder.
Although D.C. police have been investigating Rich’s murder as a botched robbery attempt, there’s little compelling evidence that suggests robbery was the motive.
Per Fox 5, when they asked Wheeler if his contacts have established with him that there is information linking Rich to Wikileaks, he responded, “Absolutely. Yeah. That’s confirmed.”
Wheeler also told Fox 5 that he has “a source inside the police department that has looked at me straight in the eye and said, ‘Rod, we were told to stand down on this case and I can’t share any information with you.’ Now, that is highly unusual for a murder investigation, especially from a police department.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large