Here’s What the Mueller Report Said About the Seth Rich Conspiracy — And How WikiLeaks is Involved
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The Mueller report addressed the conspiracy theory surrounding Seth Rich, the slain DNC staffer that many believed had hacked the emails that ended up embarrassing the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016.
According to the report, WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange implied that the documents had been hacked by Rich in order to cover for a Russian espionage agency.
The conspiracy theory had been substantiated by a false report that was picked by many outlets including Fox News, who later retracted their story.
Sean Hannity had multiple shows on the theory that the Clinton emails were exposed by Seth Rich and that he was murdered in retaliation. Rich was found dead from gunshots in July 2016 in Washington D.C.
Police officially blamed a botched robbery for the death, but conspiracy theorists latched on to the case despite protestations from his family.
Assange helped stir the pot when he made statements implying that Rich had something to do with the emails WikiLeaks had made public ahead of the 2016 election.
Mueller’s report tries to dispel those claims.
“After the U.S. intelligence community publicly announced its assessment that Russia was behind the hacking operation, Assange continued to deny that the Clinton materials released by WikiLeaks had come from Russian hacking,” the Mueller report said.
“According to media reports, Assange told a U.S. congressman that the DNC hack was an ‘inside job,’ and purported to have ‘physical proof’ that Russians did not give materials to Assange,” the report explained.
Despite not saying so explicitly, the report concluded that Assange’s “statements about Rich implied falsely that he had been the source of the stolen DNC emails.”