The true origins of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory.

HayJenn

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In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was gunned down by a squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton, giving rise to a notorious conspiracy theory that captivated conservative activists and was later promoted from inside President Trump’s White House, a Yahoo News investigation has found. 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.

The purported details in the SVR account seemed improbable on their face: that Rich, a data director in the DNC’s voter protection division, was on his way to alert the FBI to corrupt dealings by Clinton when he was slain in the early hours of a Sunday morning by the former secretary of state’s hit squad.

Yet in a graphic example of how fake news infects the internet, those precise details popped up the same day on an obscure website, whatdoesitmean.com, that is a frequent vehicle for Russian propaganda. The website’s article, which attributed its claims to “Russian intelligence,” was the first known instance of Rich’s murder being publicly linked to a political conspiracy.

“To me, having a foreign intelligence agency set up one of my decedents with lies and planting false stories, to me that’s pretty outrageous,” said Deborah Sines, the former assistant U.S. attorney in charge of the Rich case until her retirement last year. “Maybe other people don’t think it’s that outrageous. I did ... once it became clear to me that this was coming from the SVR, then that triggers a lot of very serious [questions about] ‘What do I do with this?

Exclusive: The true origins of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory. A Yahoo News investigation.

No wonder his parents were so pissed off at the GOP for trying to make their son a "political" pawn.

And it's also scary how many people bought into this propaganda by Russia.
 
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The very definition of Fake News.

Fox News Was Duped by a Seth Rich Conspiracy Pushed by Russian Intelligence
The conspiracy theory around Seth Rich's death, one of Sean Hannity's favorites, wasn't just organic internet rumor.

For a solid month in early 2017, Fox News, and host Sean Hannity in particular, obsessively covered the death of a young staffer for the Democratic National Committee, Seth Rich. There was a strong chance, according to Hannity, that Rich was the person behind the massive leak of DNC emails during the 2016 presidential election, and if that's true then isn't it very suspicious that he was killed on the street shortly thereafter. During one of his nightly broadcasts, Hannity called it "the single biggest fraud, lies, perpetrated on the American people by the media and the Democrats in our history."

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Fox News Was Duped by a Seth Rich Conspiracy Pushed by Russian Intelligence
 
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In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was gunned down by a squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton, giving rise to a notorious conspiracy theory that captivated conservative activists and was later promoted from inside President Trump’s White House, a Yahoo News investigation has found. 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.

The purported details in the SVR account seemed improbable on their face: that Rich, a data director in the DNC’s voter protection division, was on his way to alert the FBI to corrupt dealings by Clinton when he was slain in the early hours of a Sunday morning by the former secretary of state’s hit squad.

Yet in a graphic example of how fake news infects the internet, those precise details popped up the same day on an obscure website, whatdoesitmean.com, that is a frequent vehicle for Russian propaganda. The website’s article, which attributed its claims to “Russian intelligence,” was the first known instance of Rich’s murder being publicly linked to a political conspiracy.

“To me, having a foreign intelligence agency set up one of my decedents with lies and planting false stories, to me that’s pretty outrageous,” said Deborah Sines, the former assistant U.S. attorney in charge of the Rich case until her retirement last year. “Maybe other people don’t think it’s that outrageous. I did ... once it became clear to me that this was coming from the SVR, then that triggers a lot of very serious [questions about] ‘What do I do with this?

Exclusive: The true origins of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory. A Yahoo News investigation.

No wonder his parents were so pissed off at the GOP for trying to make their son a "political" pawn.

And it's also scary how many people bought into this propaganda by Russia.
Was just about to post this when I saw yours ...
 

HayJenn

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The very definition of Fake News.

Fox News Was Duped by a Seth Rich Conspiracy Pushed by Russian Intelligence
The conspiracy theory around Seth Rich's death, one of Sean Hannity's favorites, wasn't just organic internet rumor.

For a solid month in early 2017, Fox News, and host Sean Hannity in particular, obsessively covered the death of a young staffer for the Democratic National Committee, Seth Rich. There was a strong chance, according to Hannity, that Rich was the person behind the massive leak of DNC emails during the 2016 presidential election, and if that's true then isn't it very suspicious that he was killed on the street shortly thereafter. During one of his nightly broadcasts, Hannity called it "the single biggest fraud, lies, perpetrated on the American people by the media and the Democrats in our history."

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Fox News Was Duped by a Seth Rich Conspiracy Pushed by Russian Intelligence
Of course, they were duped. It's Fox News - Trump run TV channel.

Many members here (who I assume just watch Fox News) bought into the entire Seth Rich thing, hook, line, and sinker.
 
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Of course, they were duped. It's Fox News - Trump run TV channel.

Many members here (who I assume just watch Fox News) bought into the entire Seth Rich thing, hook, line, and sinker.
If only the "other" side of the corporate state media machine didn't do this. See any war or militarist adventure at all.
 
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Of course, they were duped. It's Fox News - Trump run TV channel.

Many members here (who I assume just watch Fox News) bought into the entire Seth Rich thing, hook, line, and sinker.

I was on another board at the time and there were righties who were so adamant about this story that they had already picked out Hillary Clinton's jail cell.
 
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In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was gunned down by a squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton, giving rise to a notorious conspiracy theory that captivated conservative activists and was later promoted from inside President Trump’s White House, a Yahoo News investigation has found. 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.

The purported details in the SVR account seemed improbable on their face: that Rich, a data director in the DNC’s voter protection division, was on his way to alert the FBI to corrupt dealings by Clinton when he was slain in the early hours of a Sunday morning by the former secretary of state’s hit squad.

Yet in a graphic example of how fake news infects the internet, those precise details popped up the same day on an obscure website, whatdoesitmean.com, that is a frequent vehicle for Russian propaganda. The website’s article, which attributed its claims to “Russian intelligence,” was the first known instance of Rich’s murder being publicly linked to a political conspiracy.

“To me, having a foreign intelligence agency set up one of my decedents with lies and planting false stories, to me that’s pretty outrageous,” said Deborah Sines, the former assistant U.S. attorney in charge of the Rich case until her retirement last year. “Maybe other people don’t think it’s that outrageous. I did ... once it became clear to me that this was coming from the SVR, then that triggers a lot of very serious [questions about] ‘What do I do with this?

Exclusive: The true origins of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory. A Yahoo News investigation.

No wonder his parents were so pissed off at the GOP for trying to make their son a "political" pawn.

And it's also scary how many people bought into this propaganda by Russia.
I saw this! Shocking!

Surely Americans will become skeptical soon, especially when presented with such outlandish "news".

I feel so bad for his family.
 
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In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was gunned down by a squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton, giving rise to a notorious conspiracy theory that captivated conservative activists and was later promoted from inside President Trump’s White House, a Yahoo News investigation has found. 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.

The purported details in the SVR account seemed improbable on their face: that Rich, a data director in the DNC’s voter protection division, was on his way to alert the FBI to corrupt dealings by Clinton when he was slain in the early hours of a Sunday morning by the former secretary of state’s hit squad.

Yet in a graphic example of how fake news infects the internet, those precise details popped up the same day on an obscure website, whatdoesitmean.com, that is a frequent vehicle for Russian propaganda. The website’s article, which attributed its claims to “Russian intelligence,” was the first known instance of Rich’s murder being publicly linked to a political conspiracy.

“To me, having a foreign intelligence agency set up one of my decedents with lies and planting false stories, to me that’s pretty outrageous,” said Deborah Sines, the former assistant U.S. attorney in charge of the Rich case until her retirement last year. “Maybe other people don’t think it’s that outrageous. I did ... once it became clear to me that this was coming from the SVR, then that triggers a lot of very serious [questions about] ‘What do I do with this?

Exclusive: The true origins of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory. A Yahoo News investigation.

No wonder his parents were so pissed off at the GOP for trying to make their son a "political" pawn.

And it's also scary how many people bought into this propaganda by Russia.
OH,MY! Those Russians again.