[UPDATE] May 18, 2017 – CNN reported that the family of Seth Rich as demanded the story about Rich being in contact with Wikileaks be retracted.
“The family is officially asking for a retraction and an apology from Fox News and from the Fox 5 DC affiliate for inaccurate reporting and damaging the legacy of their son,” Rich family spokesman Brad Bauman told CNN.
A Fox News report published Tuesday said that Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer who was mysteriously gunned down while walking back to his home in the summer of 2016, had leaked thousands of internal emails to Wikileaks just days before his death. According to a federal investigator who spoke to Fox News on anonymity, Rich connected with Wikileaks via the late Gavin MacFadyen, an American investigative reporter, documentarian and director of Wikileaks.
“I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and Wikileaks,” the federal investigator told Fox News about the emails that are currently in the possession of the FBI. They added that 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between DNC leaders were transferred from Rich to MacFadyen before May 21.
Rod Wheeler, a former D.C. homicide detective and Fox News contributor, was hired by Rich’s family to investigate the case.
“My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and Wikileaks,” Wheeler told Fox News. “I do believe that the answers to who murdered Seth Rich sits on his computer on a shelf at the DC police or FBI headquarters.”
Twelve days after Rich was gunned down in 2016, Wikileaks published a slew of internal DNC emails that apparently showed top DNC officials conspiring to take down Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders in order to ensure a win for Hillary Clinton. The DNC Chairperson at the time, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned as a result of the controversy.
In August during an interview on Dutch television, Julian Assange suggested that Rich was the one who leaked the DNC documents to Wikileaks just days before his murder. Rich’s murder was exceptionally bizarre as the killer, or killers, took nothing from Rich; he was left with all of his belongings, including his wallet.