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What Happened to Seth Rich: A Prelude to the Pizzagate Scandal

It all started with a man named Seth Rich. Rich, who worked for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was shot twice in the back on July 10, 2016. The assailant has never been caught but speculation over Rich’s involvement in leaking what would be the catalyst for Pizzagate, the John Podesta Emails, circulate to this day. People all over the world herald Rich as a savior to the truth movement, with many social media accounts featuring him in their profile pictures. 

Although Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has not explicitly revealed Rich to be the source based on the principle of protection for whistleblowers, entrepreneur and Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has verified this as a middle man accomplice. The DNC points the finger to Russian hackers, but Dotcom says it was Rich, who witnessed the corruption of the 2016 presidential primaries where Bernie Sanders was obstructed in favour of Hillary Clinton securing the Democratic nomination.

Kim Dotcom @KimDotcom   ·   Jan 25, 2019 -”Mueller isn’t interested in the truth. The truth is a DNC insider opened the door to DNC data because he witnessed the corruption against Bernie Sanders and wanted to do something. He paid with his life.” #SethRich

Dotcom says he assisted the disgruntled employee and had tried to pass proof of the leak to Mueller multiple times with no response.

On May 7 and 8, 2020, recently declassified documentation was made public by the U.S. House Intelligence Committee concerning the Russia collusion investigation. One of the released transcripts involves the testimony of Shaun Henry who is the president of Crowdstrike a security firm located in California. In the interview Henry says they never had proof the data was ‘exfiltrated‘ by Russia, but that they had indicators of circumstantial evidence.


Significance over this interview conducted under oath is revealing in that Crowdstrike who considers themselves a third party non-partisan helper to the case, never had proof that linked Russia to the alleged hack despite maintaining to the public they had.

Former Technical Director of the NSA Bill Binney appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News broadcast where he made the case for the DNC Emails to be an inside job, saying the rate at which they downloaded couldn't be from a hack but from someone with direct access. In the interview he said the data extraction was 976 megabytes at 87 seconds, making a satellite extraction at that speed impossible.

Further corroboration of a leak comes from Assange’s late lawyer’s sister, Ellen Ratner who is a former Fox News analyst. Ratner visited Assange when he was isolating from extradition in the Ecuadorian embassy, where upon after six hours of conversation Assange confirmed not only that Rich was the leaker but his brother Aaron as well. 

The Rich’s deny any involvement but an acquaintance to the family Ed Butowsky said they know of Seth’s involvement but fear retribution from the public due to Trump’s victory.


While the Russia hacker narrative benefited the DNC greatly as the unrelated Russia collusion hoax was marinating (which is currently being resolutely debunked through declassification), Julian Assange had maintained the leak did not come from the Kremlin or anywhere within its country's borders.

A week after Rich’s murder Assange appeared in an interview with journalist Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal where he alluding to Rich’s involvement with the leak.


In what appears to be a trend, the Deep state has claimed Assange to be a Russian puppet, despite having no evidence.

Former president Barrack Obama committed a Freudian slip by mentioning leakers raising concerns over the integrity of elections. The looming DNC Email scandal dropped months before the November 8, 2016 election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, arguably propelling Trump to victory. 

In stunning current events the Gateway Pundit reported on a letter from Ty Clevenger May 10 2020 saying in the article:


“We now know there is no evidence Russia hacked the DNC and sent the hacked emails to WikiLeaks.  Crowdstrike admitted this under oath and the Mueller Report backs this up.  Attorney Ty Clevenger asserts the DNI has been covering up for 4 years the fact that they have communications between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks. This is an enormous development.”

In the letter Ty confirms Rich’s communications with Wikileaks:


“I am reliably informed that the NSA or its partners intercepted at least some of the communications between Mr. Rich and Wikileaks. Before elaborating on that, however, I should first note the extent to which the “deep state” has already tried to cover up information about Mr. Rich. In an October 9, 2018 affidavit submitted in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, FBI section chief David M. Hardy testified that (1) the FBI did not investigate any matters pertaining to Mr. Rich, and (2) the FBI was unable to locate any records about Mr. Rich. Both claims were unequivocally false.”

The evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the leak coming from inside and not from Russian hackers.

The investigation into Seth Rich’s murder is currently in limbo, but his legacy has left a huge impact on truth seekers. Understanding the origins of Pizzagate and how big tech and main stream media covered up the story are foundational to understanding and navigating through the propaganda. 

Even websites like Reddit are complicit in censoring the truth surrounding Seth Rich, after the popular subreddit dedicated to Donald Trump fans banned three moderators and restricted the forum. 

Heavy activity on the topic of Rich is rumored to be the crack down, and currently a new forum has been made that is strictly moderated. The old subreddit r/The_Donald is now quarantined, which according to the platform happens when forums become ‘upsetting’ and ‘offensive’ to users who may not follow it. 

This is all to show readers that censorship has become a real problem and finding the truth has become even harder. Knowing what happened to Seth Rich that day he was shot in the back is necessary in understanding how deep this story goes and how high up the people in the story are who are implicated. 

This article serves a prelude into the tangled web that is Pizzagate.

Story by

Rorie Stannard
















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