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disguised to read as a real intelligence report —about the alleged murder of the former DNC staffer
originally posted by: Liquesence
Exclusive: The true origins of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory. A Yahoo News investigation.
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.
This is a very interesting article for several reasons. I know there are many people on this site who are/were convinced that Seth was murdered as part of some deep state plot masterminded by Hillary after he supposedly uncovered tons of dirt and transferred it to certain outlets supposedly "proving" this that or the other.
And I am not surprised so many were duped.
But as the article shows, it's a complete fabrication by Russian intelligence that was seeded on the internet, picked up by right wing blogs, Alex Jones, and then made its way into right wing prime time—Fox, Hannity, etc, smearing a murdered staffer for ratings, to blame Hillary, and to detract from the investigations.
The Russian effort to exploit Rich’s tragic death didn’t stop with the fake SVR bulletin. Over the course of the next two and a half years, the Russian government-owned media organizations RT and Sputnik repeatedly played up stories that baselessly alleged that Rich, a relatively junior-level staffer, was the source of Democratic Party emails that had been leaked to WikiLeaks.
IRA-created fake accounts, masquerading as those of American citizens or political groups, tweeted and retweeted more than 2,000 times about Rich, helping to keep the bogus claims about his death in the social media bloodstream, according to an analysis of a database of Russia troll accounts by Yahoo News.
Sines, the former prosecutor, said that the Russian conspiracy-mongering vastly complicated her efforts to solve the murder by forcing her and the Washington, D.C., police department to investigate a blizzard of false allegations in order to make sure there was nothing to any of them. “To waste your time investigating BS is just horrible,” said Sines.
“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.
And here we have Fox and Hannity, aiding and abetting the fabrication to millions of viewers, viewers who took it hook, line, and sinker, believing it.
The conspiracy claims reached their zenith in May 2017 — the same week as Mueller’s appointment as special counsel in the Russia probe — when Fox News’ website posted a sensational story claiming that an FBI forensic report had discovered evidence on Rich’s laptop that he had been in communication with WikiLeaks prior to his death. Sean Hannity, the network’s primetime star, treated the account as major news on his nightly broadcast, calling it “explosive” and proclaiming it “might expose the single biggest fraud, lies, perpetrated on the American people by the media and the Democrats in our history.”
In fact, the Fox story was a “complete fabrication,” said Sines, who consulted with the FBI about the Fox News claims. There was “no connection between Seth and WikiLeaks. And there was no evidence on his work computer of him downloading and disseminating things from the DNC.”
I'm sure this will convince few of you already so steeped in the belief that Hillary is still behind it, but that's the whole point in propaganda. And I expect the usual trolls to swarm in trying to discredit the article and the information.
originally posted by: Stupidsecrets
There would be no point in killing him. If he dumped data the damage was done. Killing him during the election would create more campaign scrutiny which it did. Nobody wanted that on team Hillary. They had enough problems already.
originally posted by: network dude
originally posted by: Lumenari
a reply to: Liquesence
Yes, a botched robbery.
If you are going to invoke Occam's Razor...
The data was transferred from a thumb drive.
Now who would have means, motive and opportunity to do that?
Seth Richards was a pissed off Bernie supporter that knew Hillary and the DNC stole the election from Bernie.
Who had access to the DNC server.
Who had an appointment with the FBI with information about the DNC when there as a "botched robbery attempt".
Now... who had the means, motive and opportunity to make Seth go away?
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: surfer_soul
There's no evidence of any kind to show he had a drive of DNC data on him.
On the flip side, imagine you're a mugger that's been working the same corner with no issue for weeks. Suddenly you meet resistance and someone ends ups dead. Maybe you hear a siren in the distance.
Are you going to stick around to roll the guy?
It was Russian disinformation fed to one of our news outlets to confuse the citizens.
Why does this sound familiar?
Like Steele Dossier familiar.
The interview was contentious at first, according to two people familiar with the matter, but investigators ultimately found his testimony credible and even surprising.