Seth Rich’s Brother: Those Who Pushed ‘False Conspiracy Theories’ Should ‘Take Responsibility’

Seth Rich’s Brother: Those Who Pushed ‘False Conspiracy Theories’ Should ‘Take Responsibility’

One of the numerous revelations in Thursday’s release of the redacted Mueller report was WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange helped fuel the Seth Rich conspiracy in order to provide cover for Russian hackers, who were the actual source for the hacked DNC emails that WikiLeaks released during the 2016 presidential election.

Now that the conspiracy theory that Rich was murdered because he was the source of the stolen DNC emails was proven false by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Rich’s family has released a statement calling on those who pushed the false story to take responsibility for their actions.

“The special counsel has now provided hard facts that demonstrate this conspiracy is false,” Aaron Rich, Seth’s brother, wrote. “I hope that the people who pushed, fueled, spread, ran headlines, articles, interviews, talk and opinion shows, or in any way used my family’s tragedy to advance their political agendas — despite our please that what they were saying was not based on any facts — will take responsibility for the unimaginable pain they have caused.”

The statement concluded: “We will continue to pursue justice for Seth’s murderers, as well as those who used his murder to advance their personal or political agendas by advancing false conspiracy theories.”

In May 2017, Fox News published a story that stated that the leaked emails came from the Democratic Party and that Democrats may have been connected in the murder of Rich, a DNC staffer, and the murder’s cover-up. The story was quickly touted as a “bombshell” by the network and breathlessly promoted by Fox News host Sean Hannity, who said: “If this is true and Seth Rich gave WikiLeaks the DNC e-mails … this blows the whole Russia collusion narrative completely out of the water.”

The story, however, quickly fell apart and the network would fully retract it within a week. Even after concerns and doubts were raised about the story soon after its publication, Hannity spent days on both his radio and television programs pushing it while suggesting Rich was murdered for providing the emails to WikiLeaks.

Assange, meanwhile, helped get the conspiracy theory started when he began to drop hints and cryptic suggestions that Rich was his source for the emails and that his death was related to the leaks, something the Mueller report now shows was a concerted effort to draw attention away from the Russian hacking group Guccifer 2.0.

The Rich family ended up filing a lawsuit against Fox News and individuals related to the story in 2017, only for the suit to be dismissed last year as the judge said the suit failed to state a claim.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.