Data analyst Seth Conrad Rich, working for the Democratic National Committee on voting rights, was fatally shot in Washington D.C.
With the cause and motive behind his killing a mystery, Rich’s death has elicited numerous conspiracy theories. He was shot dead in the early morning hours of July 10 near a neighborhood where he lived.
As reported by the Washington Post, there is suspicion that Rich was killed in an attempted robbery. The police have noted there are no suspects, witnesses or motive in the case.
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According to Rich’s mother, Mary, her son sustained bruises on his hands, knees and face, and was shot twice in the back. However, Mary noted, the killers did not take anything. She said the police told “her family her son may have been the victim of an attempted robbery.”
However, as reported by the New York Daily News, the police have said there is no direct indication that robbery was a motive, “but it has not been ruled out as a possibility.”
Numerous conspiracy theories have come up in the aftermath of Rich’s death. These theories, though not supported by sufficient evidence, are fueled in part by the WikiLeaks leak of almost 20,000 DNC emails.
While Reddit users have hinted at the possibility that Rich leaked the emails to WikiLeaks, NBC News noted that government officials and security firms have alluded to the idea that Russian intelligence was behind the dump.
Some Reddit users have theorized that Rich was a DNC whistleblower who was secretly working to expose election fraud while collaborating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. However, the limited scope of duties he held made him an unlikely target in the election fraud conspiracy.
In her speech, former secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton referred to Rich as an example of someone who was killed who doesn’t feature in the headlines. She said Rich worked on voting rights for the DNC.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz described Rich as a “dedicated, selfless public servant who worked tirelessly to protect the most sacred right we share as Americans.”