WILL THIS CASE BE SOLVED?
by Sharon Rondeau
All whitehouse.gov petitions must garner 100,000 signatures within a 30-day period in order for the administration to provide an official response. The Rich petition was launched on May 19.
The crime which ended the life of the 27-year-old DNC employee has been characterized as a bungled robbery attempt, although many questions remain which the DC Metropolitan Police Department has not addressed to include officer body-camera footage and why Rich’s valuables remained on his person after he was shot twice on the street outside his home.
Conflicting stories have emerged that appear to indicate that Rich’s parents, Joel and Mary Rich, want to know the truth about their son’s murder regardless of where it leads. On the other hand, statements from those involved peripherally in the investigation indicate that the DNC may be attempting to control the flow of information gathered through avenues other than the Metro PD.
One of those avenues is former DC Metro homicide detective Rod Wheeler, who was contracted privately by the Rich family to conduct a parallel investigation beginning in March.
In a report issued on Tuesday at Big League Politics, Ed Butowsky, a businessman who reportedly funded Wheeler’s effort, is quoted from a recent radio appearance with Andrew Wilkow as having stated that “There is a lot of news that is about to break…Everyone is going to have some answers real soon, and people are not going to feel good about it.”
Butowsky has appeared previously on Wilkow’s program speaking primarily on investment matters. On Saturday morning, The Post & Email was unable to find the show on which Butowsky reportedly appeared to speak about the Seth Rich case and contacted Wilkow through his website for guidance.
On May 20, Internet entrepreneur and New Zealand resident Kim Dotcom stated that he possesses evidence that prior to his death, Rich was in touch electronically with the open-government organization WikiLeaks. Twelve days after Rich’s death, WikiLeaks began releasing in batches thousands of emails and attachments from the DNC servers showing that Hillary Clinton was favored by party bosses in such a way as to break its pledge of “neutrality” during the Democratic primaries.
In August, WikiLeaks offered a reward of $20,000 for information leading to Rich’s assailants(s). Several private individuals and alternative news organizations have also ordered rewards, the aggregate of which totals more than $250,000.
On May 29, Dotcom’s attorneys issued a letter directed to Special Counsel Robert Mueller suggesting that their client travel to the United States to provide in-person testimony in the case.
Dotcom’s attorneys are representing him in a case brought by the U.S. Justice Department in 2012 alleging that Dotcom committee copyright infringement and money laundering through a website which he and for others established, Megaupload. Early that year, New Zealand authorities raided Dotcom’s home, seized the majority of his assets, and placed him under house arrest while the U.S. case played out.
The Justice Department has requested Dotcom’s extradition to the United States, hence his attorneys’ request for safe passage to and from the United States to give testimony in the Rich case.
On Friday afternoon, Dotcom tweeted that his attorneys had not yet received a response from Mueller.
In the report posted at Big League Politics, Wheeler is quoted as having told editor-in-Chief Patrick Howley that he has written a report on the Rich case which “will clear up a lot of uncertainties.”
After a Washington, DC Fox affiliate station aired a report in which Wheeler claimed to have seen evidence that Rich had communicated with Wikileaks, Wheeler was vilified in the mainstream media and the station threatened with a lawsuit.
In subsequent interviews, Wheeler changed his story to say that he himself had not seen the evidence, but rather, obtained it through a Fox News Channel reporter whose article on the subject revealed that she had been in touch directly with a “federal investigator” claiming to have analyzed Rich’s computer.
When FNC’s Sean Hannity began covering the case, left-wing organizations and media targeted his program by petitioning his advertisers to drop their sponsorship, an effort which partially succeeded even as several advertisers returned once Hannity’s supporters stopped patronizing the advertisers’ products.
Anyone publicly speculating that the Rich murder required further investigation was attacked by the media, as in the case of Newt Gingrich.
The petition can be signed here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/appoint-special-prosecutor-investigate-murder-seth-rich-alleged-wikileaks-email-leaker
Just as with the questions surrounding Barack Hussein Obama’s long-form birth certificate released at the White House website in 2011, the mainstream media immediately and diligently worked to make the case that Rich might have been communicating with Wikileaks, possibly providing over 44,000 DNC emails and more than 17,000 attachments, had been “debunked” when no credible evidence of that claim has surfaced.
Credible reports and a subsequent criminal investigation, all concluding that the long-form birth certificate image is a “computer-generated forgery,” were also said to be “debunked” even as new information was presented in December revealing that two well-respected forensic examiners agreed with those findings after conducting their own respective investigations.