Yahoo News investigation claims that Seth Rich conspiracy was all a Russian fairytale

One of the most hotly debated stories related to the 2016 presidential election has now been labeled a Russian plot in a stunning report by Yahoo News.

Seth Rich was a DNC staffer who was found murdered in a “botched robbery” during the waning days of the election.  In this alleged robbery, none of Seth Rich’s valuables were absconded with, including his wallet, his smartphone, and his watch.  This alone was strange enough, but soon theories involving Rich’s supposed connection to a plot to incriminate Hillary Clinton was exposed, with many believing that the campaign emails released by Wikileaks came from the slain staffer.

For their part, Wikileaks did little to quell this rumor, with online conspiracy theorists jumping on the story wholeheartedly.

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Now, Yahoo News is claiming that their investigative team have discovered the true impetus of the Seth Rich saga – and it all points back to Russian election meddling.

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According to Yahoo:

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. That was just three days after Rich, 27, was killed in what police believed was a botched robbery while walking home to his group house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C., about 30 blocks north of the Capitol.

They even touched on the Wikileaks connection.

The Russian effort to exploit Rich’s tragic death didn’t stop with the fake SVR bulletin. Over the course of the next two and a half years, the Russian government-owned media organizations RT and Sputnik repeatedly played up stories that baselessly alleged that Rich, a relatively junior-level staffer, was the source of Democratic Party emails that had been leaked to WikiLeaks. It was an idea first floated by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who on Aug. 9, 2016, announced a $20,000 reward for information about Rich’s murder, saying — somewhat cryptically — that “our sources take risks.”

Deborah Sines, an attorney formerly involved in the Rich case, pontificated further.

“It appeared to me that it was a very clear campaign to deflect an ongoing federal criminal investigation,” Sines said. “So then you have to look at why is Russia doing this? … It’s not rocket science before you add it up and you go, ‘Oh, if Seth is the leaker to WikiLeaks — it doesn’t have anything to do with the Russians. So of course Russia’s interest in doing this is incredibly transparent.” The Russian strategy, Sines said, was diabolically simple: “Let’s blame it on Seth Rich. He’s a very convenient target.”

It is unclear whether or not this latest revelation will be enough to convince the hardcore Seth Rich skeptics that they’ve been duped by the Kremlin.

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