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An Extraordinary Unsolved Murder in Washington D.C.

In the matter of SETH RICH, the FBI asks for 66 years to release his laptop contents Nov 5 DNC Staffer Seth Rich, murdered on July 10, 2016

By John Leake | Courageous Discourse | November 5, 2022

“A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both.” —James Madison

As an investigative author I’ve often dealt with the extreme frustration of making federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and state Open Records Act requests. So often, it seems that federal and state agencies don’t want to release the information, delay in responding, and then cite multiple exceptions to the law in order to justify keeping the information secret.

I therefore felt sympathy for my fellow Texan, Brian Huddleston, when I saw the recent Epoch Times report that his FOIA request for the information found on Seth Rich’s laptop is being thwarted by the FBI, which asked the judge who ruled in Huddleston’s favor to grant the Bureau 66 years to fulfill the request.

Readers of this Substack may find the FBI’s request reminiscent of the FDA’s request for 55 years to release COVID-19 vaccine data. Given the unfortunate reality of human mortality, one wonders what public interest will be served 55 or 66 years from now, apart from satisfying the curiosity of historians who aren’t yet born.

The murder of Seth Rich—in the middle of one of the most brutal presidential election years in history—has always struck me as an example of the authorities NOT investigating a matter of public interest. The mainstream media and half the country were so blinded by partisan passions that they couldn’t see the grounds for suspecting that the young man’s murder was politically motivated. Just a few hours after the incident occurred—before there was any time to perform an investigation—the Metropolitan Police Department announced that the murder appeared to be a “botched robbery.”

Since Seth Rich was murdered on July 10, 2016—12 days before Wikileaks published embarrassing DNC e-mails—there has been much speculation that he could have been the source because he was upset about how the DNC had treated Bernie Sanders. A good investigator wouldn’t speculate about the crime, but he would certainly notice that, statistically speaking, the murder is extraordinary.

Seth Rich was shot in the back near his apartment building, and though he was carrying a valuable watch, wallet, and cell phone, these were not taken by the assailant. Perhaps it was a botched robbery, as the Metropolitan Police Department quickly announced, but shooting a guy in the back without taking his valuables is not typical of armed robbery. Other robberies in the same neighborhood around the same time followed the conventional pattern of the assailant threatening the victim and demanding his or her valuables instead of opening fire on the victim.

In the year 2016, there were 135 homicides in Washington D.C., which has a resident population of 672,000, which comes to approximately one murder per 5000 residents— a dramatic decline from the city’s murder rate in the early nineties. Incidentally, the Metropolitan Police conducted an analysis of homicide for the years 1998-2000—after homicide rates had dropped significantly—and concluded that the primary motives were

1) Argument/conflict

2). Drug related

3). Revenge/retaliation

4). Robbery

5). Gang related.

During this period, homicides were not equally distributed throughout the city, but were concentrated in particular neighborhoods. 92% of the victims were African Americans 3.2% were Hispanic and 3.2% were white. Though one must consider the possibility that homicide trends in DC have changed since 2000 (apart from merely decreasing in numbers) it’s notable that, of the currently unsolved homicides in Washington DC in the year 2016, Seth Rich is the only white victim in a city that is now 44% white.

Julian Assange has always insisted the DNC e-mails were leaked and not hacked. Former NSA technical director William Binney has also insisted that if the DNC e-mails were hacked, it would be child’s play for the NSA to establish the precise routing of the hack, which indicates that the e-mails were more likely leaked by an insider.

Regarding motive, a good investigator would consider the hypothesis that Seth Rich was murdered NOT in retaliation, but to eliminate him as a witness that the DNC e-mails were leaked by an insider and not hacked by Russians. Almost immediately after the embarrassing e-mails were published, the DNC vehemently proclaimed it was Russian hackers who were responsible, though no evidence has been presented to support this accusation.

Regarding the assailant: A good investigator would consider the hypothesis that he was contracted to murder Rich but knew nothing about his target or the motive for killing him. This hypothesis is consistent with Rich being murdered as he approached the entrance to his home—that is, the contract killer was provided only with the address and a photograph of his target.

Another notable aspect of this crime has been the extremely emotional tone of press reporting from the same reporters who so passionately embraced the Russian meddling story. The mere suggestion that Seth Rich’s murder was politically motivated prompted these same people to angrily denounce this (perfectly reasonable hypothesis) as “wild, right wing conspiracy theory” and to demand that reporters cease and desist from exploring this hypothesis.

And yet, given that the crime remains unsolved, why not explore this hypothesis?

November 6, 2022 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Corruption, Deception | , , ,


  1. No robbery but political murderer – incredible ruthlessness of the deep state

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    Comment by charles allan | November 6, 2022 | Reply

  2. .”….. Epoch Times report that his FOIA request for the information found on Seth Rich’s laptop is being thwarted by the FBI, which asked the judge who ruled in Huddleston’s favor to grant the Bureau 66 years to fulfill the request”.

    Is THIS an example of the American Justice System? Evidence crucial to a crime can be ‘locked up for 66 Years??? “Surely you can’t be Serious”?

    The FBI (and the CIA) can do anything they want, to anyone they want, with absolute impunity?
    Who was it who said, “Justice delayed is Justice denied”?

    “Freedom and Democracy” in the USA, is complete “Bullsheet”, and the real ‘Criminals’ own the Justice System. How Bad is that?

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | November 6, 2022 | Reply

    • The file on the school massacre in Dunblane was locked away for
      I think 100 years or maybe around 75 by the judge.
      Who was being protected ??

      Pfizer wanted their vaccine trial deaths and injuries hidden for around 60 years .

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      Comment by charles allan | November 6, 2022 | Reply

      • “Actions speak louder than words”…..The Criminal Justice system is rotten to the core…

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        Comment by brianharryaustralia | November 6, 2022 | Reply

  3. FBI = forgetta bout it.

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    Comment by 5 dancing shlomos | November 6, 2022 | Reply

  4. This is atrocious. Hiding evidence of a crime makes one an accomplice. The federal Bureau of Idiots obviously has something to hide and someone to protect. How can a judge even fathom to go along with this and how long are we the people going to sit back and do nothing? Fed up with these criminals hiding behind national security.

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    Comment by raggs12 | November 6, 2022 | Reply

    • Absolutely! The Rich and Powerful, in the USA, have a “License to Kill”. It is extraordinary that evidence can be withheld in a murder case, particularly. How much more of this Crap will the American people accept?
      As I understand it, the CIA still have video evidence of the (so called) plane that crashed into the Pentagon on ‘9’11’, but have refused to release it. In a matter SO IMPORTANT to the American people, this is absolutely outrageous!!

      Any American who is deluded enough to believe that they live in “Freedom and Democracy” is a complete idiot.

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | November 6, 2022 | Reply

      • And trust me Brian, there are a lot of idiots in the US, known as brainwashed liberals. Politicians are not elected, they are selected. Very similar to ruling class of the EU.

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        Comment by raggs12 | November 6, 2022 | Reply

      • Came across this the other day, thought you mat be interested

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        Comment by raggs12 | November 6, 2022 | Reply

        • Gosh. That looks like a “Gold Mine” of information. I have never believed the ‘official’ version of “9/11”.
          Just like the assassination of JFK in about ’62, ’63 which was TELEVISED, so was “9/11” TELEVISED, so millions of Americans had their minds made up about “who Done it”, and a public trial of “JFK” and “9/11” was never carried out. (I watched “9/11”, live, here in Australia around midnight our time, and I still don’t believe the ‘official’ version, about Muslim Terrorists.

          The CIA claim to be “keeping Americans Safe”, but they are actually “keeping Americans Stupified”.
          Any other country on Earth would have conducted a criminal Trial, considered ALL the evidence, and come up with a truer story than about “Muslim Terrorists”
          But, The USA did not even hold a proper enquiry. They don’t call American people “Sheeple” for no good reason.

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          Comment by brianharryaustralia | November 6, 2022 | Reply

          • Bollyn has done so much research they came after him. He left the country. A recent poll showed 84% of Americans don’t believe the official story, and thats what it is, a story – fiction.
            There’s a women named Rebecca Roth who wrote a 5 book series on 911. She was fearful they would come after her and her family so she wrote it as a novel but provides some backup. Its interesting and claims that the aircraft were remotely hijacked and most of the flight crews were hired by the CIA. One of the captains was found in Vancouver Canada.
            Our federal government has been captured, voting is a selection and washington is so corrupt, especially now. Our only hope is a strong state government that has the authority and jurisdiction to over ride what the feds do. Its a very ugly and demoralizing situation in so many ways. Thats why I’m off grid and remote. Threw the idiot box away 5 years ago

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            Comment by raggs12 | November 7, 2022 | Reply

            • “A recent poll showed 84% of Americans don’t believe the official story, and that’s what it is, a story – fiction”.

              Thanks for that inspiring comment. I was under the impression that the American people had ‘swallowed’ the whole “9/11 Bullsheet, Hook, Line, and Sinker”. Of course, the American MSM are ‘on board’ with the Massive lie of ‘9/11’. It’s almost like a “Hollywood Movie”, Spectacular presentation, where the perpetrators were identified, and named, even before the “Show” was over. (It was the MUSLIMS !!)
              My best wishes go to the American people, and I hope that they finally DEMAND to know the TRUTH.

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              Comment by brianharryaustralia | November 8, 2022 | Reply

              • Recently the criminal in charge has labeled the non-believers as extremists. This label, per the NDAA and patriot Act, allows the arrest and jailing without due process for anyone they determine to be subversive. The public is mostly unaware of this and a large percentage doesn’t get reported because the MSM is owned by the same perps as 911. These owners go all the way back to WW2 when they made a deal with Britain. Britain was to give them Palestinian land if they could get the US involved in the war. This is when the boycott started on German products and they stopped taking in German jews that Hitler was deporting. But thats a whole other story
                I have many more links if your interested.

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                Comment by raggs12 | November 8, 2022 | Reply

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