Russian government promotes conspiracy surrounding murdered DNC staffer

Russian government promotes conspiracy surrounding murdered DNC staffer
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Russia’s government is mocking the mainstream media for being “too busy” to cover the murder last year of a Democratic National Committee staffer, peddling a storyline the staffer’s family has dismissed as a conspiracy theory.

The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom used its Twitter account to criticize the media for its coverage of “WikiLeaks informer Seth Rich.”

 

Rich was shot in the back shot multiple times last year while walking to his apartment in Washington, D.C., according to police.

At the time, police said they believed Rich's death may have been part of an attempted robbery.

The case remains unsolved.

WikiLeaks has offered a reward for information on Rich’s killer while suggesting it had something to do with the controversy surrounding the Democratic National Committee’s involvement in last year’s election.

According to emails leaked from the DNC, the organization’s staff tilted the scales toward Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonIs it still possible to stop ‘Big Tech’ from killing democracy? Hillary Clinton for 2020 ‘not a good question,’ says Rahm Emanuel Graham: Comey should be held accountable for acting on bad intel MORE and against Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFunding confusion complicates Meals on Wheels budget fight The Hill's 12:30 Report Five takeaways from the Montana special election MORE (I-Vt.) in the primary. Russia is believed to be behind the leaked emails, where were hacked from the DNC. WikiLeaks published them.

There is no evidence that Rich was an informer for Wikileaks.

The FBI and various congressional panels are investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

It is believed to be behind the hack of the DNC and a separate hack of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. U.S. intelligence officials have described the Russian hacks as being part of an effort designed to influence the election and to hurt Clinton’s campaign.

The tweet follows a report by Fox 5 in Washington on Monday that a private investigator had suggested there was evidence on Rich's laptop that he had been in communication with WikiLeaks before his death.

Rich’s family said there was no evidence to support this and shot down reports based on the investigator’s claims.

“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,” a spokesperson for the family said in a statement, according to BuzzFeed News.

“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.”