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Seth Rich conspiracy started with fake "bulletin" from Russian intelligence

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8 days ago - Tuesday 7/9/19 - 12:20:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-th...

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.
8 days ago - Tuesday 7/9/19 - 12:41:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
The Russian-inspired conspiracy theories also have had a devastating effect on the Rich family, especially after the theories migrated to alt-right websites and, ultimately, primetime Fox News shows. As they did so, there were repeated suggestions by alt-right commentators that the DNC staffer’s parents and brother were concealing information about his conduct.

“You’re used, you’re lied to, you’re a pawn in your own son’s death,” said Mary Rich, Seth Rich’s mother, who, along with her husband, Joel, was interviewed for the podcast. “I wish they had the chance to experience the hell we have gone through. Because this is worse than losing my son the first time. This is like losing him all over again.”

His poor family. If no US outlets (*cough* Fox News) had run with this, it could've just stayed a weird conspiracy on the internet. But they kept giving it life over and over again.
8 days ago - Tuesday 7/9/19 - 2:13:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
Wow.
8 days ago - Tuesday 7/9/19 - 2:41:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
I am really interested in the conspiracy theory’s timeline, specifically when Russia started spreading the conspiracy theory and when Assange started spreading the theory. Also, what, if any, coordination/communication occurred between Russia and Assange in spreading the theory?

I wonder if this will have any impact on the espionage charges against Assange.
8 days ago - Tuesday 7/9/19 - 2:47:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 7/9/19 - 2:41:11 PM Courtbebe wrote:
I am really interested in the conspiracy theory’s timeline, specifically when Russia started spreading the conspiracy theory and when Assange started spreading the theory. Also, what, if any, coordination/communication occurred between Russia and Assange in spreading the theory? I wonder if this will have any impact on the espionage charges against Assange.


The first Russian instance was only three days after Rich's death - July 13 (per the article).
Assange's first statement about it was about a month after Rich's death - August 9. That was actually after it had gotten some traction in some alt-right internet cesspools (chans and r/TheDonald for example).

Assange could have been coordinating with the Russians...or he could have been capitalizing on a fake story to cover his own tracks and grab headlines.



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