The mystery surrounding the murder of rising Democrat star Seth Rich took a sudden sinister turn Wednesday with claims that he was responsible for the email dump that brought down close Hillary Clinton ally Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
Julian Assange, the head of Wikileaks, the organization that released the emails, announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to Rich’s July 10 death, hinting that Rich was responsible for leaking the documents.
Assange’s offer has also added fuel to the flames of conspiracy theories sweeping the Internet that the Democratic presidential candidate and her husband Bill were somehow involved in Rich’s death.
Commenting to Daily Mail Online for the family, Brad Bauman said ‘Some are attempting to politicize this horrible tragedy, and in their attempts to do so, are actually causing more harm than good and impeding on the ability for law enforcement to properly do their job.’
Wasserman-Schultz stepped down from her post as head of the Democratic National Committee on the eve of the party’s national convention in Philadelphia. Hillary Clinton has suggested that Russia was responsible for hacking party computers and leaking the documents.
But the new theory suggests Rich, who was murdered in what looked like a botched robbery, was behind the leak
Rich, 27, was gunned down on his way home in the affluent Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington D.C. last month while on the phone to his girlfriend.
He was still alive when he was found but died on his way to the hospital. Police still have no leads and are offering a $25,000 reward for information.
Hillary sought out Rich’s parents for a private meeting during a trip to their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska last week. Rich’s father Joel told the Omaha World-Herald that the former First Lady knew a lot about his son and was ‘very warm and comforting.’
Rich’s body was found on the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW, but he still had his watch, cell phone and wallet on him.