Just hours after news broke that President Trump divulged highly classified information to Russian operatives during an Oval Office visit, certain right wing outlets reported that slain DNC staffer Seth Rich had contacts with WikiLeaks prior to being murdered.
Now, Rich’s family is speaking out blasting the outlets that are reporting on what is allegedly “fake evidence” which is being spread by Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler. Incidentally, Wheeler is the same person who once claimed on Bill O’Reilly’s show that a “national underground network” of lesbians is waging a nationwide campaign to rape young girls, attack heterosexual males, and forcibly turning children as young as 10 into lesbians.
According to a Fox 5 report, Wheeler was “hired by the Rich family,” and that he “suggests there is tangible evidence on Rich’s laptop that confirms he was communicating with WikiLeaks prior to his death.” Wheeler’s claims are part of an ongoing conspiracy theory that either Hillary Clinton or the Democratic Party had Rich murdered for leaking DNC emails to WikiLeaks
The family says that Wheeler was not authorized to speak on their behalf, and that his “investigative” services were offered to them with the purported work being paid for by an anonymous third party. Rich’s family also denied that they had been shown any evidence along the lines of what Wheeler claims.
“As we’ve seen through the past year of unsubstantiated claims, we see no facts, we have seen no evidence, we have been approached with no emails and only learned about this when contacted by the press,” the statement reads. “Even if tomorrow, an email was found, that is not a high enough bar of evidence to prove any interactions, as emails can be altered and we’ve seen that those interested in pushing conspiracies will stop at nothing to do so.”
“We are a family who is committed to facts, not fake evidence, that surfaces every few months to fill the void and distract law enforcement and the general public from finding Seth’s murderers,” the family continues.
Seth Rich family spokesperson: "no evidence," "no emails" suggesting Wikileaks links. Comes day after story claiming family PI found links pic.twitter.com/vmp2oQpcG2
— Alex Campbell (@alexcampbell) May 16, 2017
So far as can be determined, Wheeler’s now-debunked claims have been reported exclusively by right wing outlets such as InfoWars, and was reported on Fox News as well.