The official story is that Seth walked home for over an hour, after leaving a bar. During this walk, he’s reported to have first attempted to call his parents, with no answer. He then called his girlfriend and spoke with her at length. His girlfriend reported that she heard others approaching him and she said so to Seth. He abruptly replied that he had to go and hung up. He was shot almost immediately afterwards and local police officers wearing body cameras were on the scene within minutes. The official police report says the officers were wearing body cameras. These videos have not been publicly released.
Based on Seth’s parents’ claims that Seth sustained bruises to several parts of his body, Webb believes that Seth was “worked over” by intelligence operatives, who sought to get as much information from him as possible about any others who may have been involved in his leaking of DNC data to WikiLeaks. Webb believes that the location where the rendering may have occurred was at another bar called Wonderland.
Webb believes that Seth was then released and shot twice in a drive-by. He was then taken by First Responders to the Emergency Room at MedStar Health, DC’s largest private hospital.
A surgeon claiming to have treated Seth for his wounds posted anonymously to Boardnet that he did not think that Seth’s injuries were fatal. He also reports that 8 hours after Seth was checked in, several law enforcement personnel arrived and kicked almost everybody out the Intensive Care Unit, where Seth was recovering and being prepped for a “final washout”. During the change of shift, he says, “We were instructed not to [check up] on the VIP that came in last night (that’s exactly what the attending [physician] said.”
This surgeon reports that he was “Physically blocked from [checking in] on him.”
Meanwhile, Kiwi Internet impresario, leaks/">Kim Dotcom says that he was involved with Seth Rich’s DNC leaks and has promised a public announcement about this on Tuesday, May 22nd, after consulting with his attorneys.
This is his preliminary announcement:
I know this because in late 2014 a person contacted me about helping me to start a branch of the Internet Party in the United States. He called himself Panda. I now know that Panda was Seth Rich.
Panda advised me that he was working on voter analytics tools and other technologies that the Internet Party may find helpful.
I communicated with Panda on a number of topics including corruption and the influence of corporate money in politics.
I was referring to what I knew when I did an interview with Bloomberg in New Zealand in May 2015. In that interview I hinted that Julian Assange and Wikileaks would release information about Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.
The Rich family has reached out to me to ask that I be sensitive to their loss in my public comments. That request is entirely reasonable.
I have consulted with my lawyers. I accept that my full statement should be provided to the authorities and I am prepared to do that so that there can be a full investigation. My lawyers will speak with the authorities regarding the proper process.
If my evidence is required to be given in the United States I would be prepared to do so if appropriate arrangements are made. I would need a guarantee from Special Counsel Mueller, on behalf of the United States, of safe passage from New Zealand to the United States and back. In the coming days we will be communicating with the appropriate authorities to make the necessary arrangements. In the meantime, I will make no further comment.