By Jim Kouri
“With so many of this nation’s leaders involved in large-scale “con games,” money laundering, illegal eavesdropping, fraud and other RICO-like activity, it’s not a big leap to kill whistleblowers, witnesses, and honest federal employees to silence them.”
– Curtis Delvecchio, former organized crime gang investigator
Over six weeks after a 27-year-old man, who worked for the Democratic National Committee, was shot and killed as he walked home in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C., the alleged robbery remains unsolved. And the news media seem uninterested in the killing, its connection to the DNC, its link to Hillary Clinton and Wikileaks, and the suspicious nature of the violent crime
The Democratic Party’s up-and-coming executive, Seth Conrad Rich, died after he was shot multiple times three blocks east of Howard University Hospital, said members of the Metropolitan Police Department on Sunday, July 11. However, the medical examiner’s finding were highly suspicious since he was said to have been beaten and then shot in the back of his head. The alleged robbers — still unknown — also failed to take anything of value from Rich’s lifeless body.
At the time, the DNC chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had issued a statement mourning the death of Rich, who worked as voter expansion data director. “Our hearts are broken with the loss of one of our DNC family members over the weekend. Seth Rich was a dedicated, selfless public servant who worked tirelessly to protect the most sacred right we share as Americans – the right to vote,” she said.
“He saw the great potential of our nation and believed that, together, we can make the world a better place,” said Wasserman Schultz, who is having political problems of her own thanks to the notorious Wikileaks’ document dump.
However, WikiLeaks founder and U.S. government gadfly Julian Assange implied during an interview that the murdered Democratic National Committee staffer was the source of a trove of damaging emails his rogue website posted just days before the Democratic National Convention.
Speaking to Dutch television program Nieuswsuur after announcing a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Seth Rich’s killer, Assange said the July 11 murder of Rich in Northwest Washington was an example of the risk leakers undertake when they take on powerful people such as presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, Clinton spoke about Rich: “Just this past Sunday, a young man, Seth Rich — who worked for the Democratic National Committee, to expand voting rights — was shot and killed in his neighborhood in Washington. He was just 27 years old,” she said.
“Surely we can agree that weapons of war have no place on the streets of America,” Clinton added, even though police didn’t identify the weapon. “[Police officers] did not release any information on the type of weapon the shooter may have used so it’s not known how Clinton knew it was a ‘weapon of war?’” said police forensic expert Saul Levinson.
“Police are calling it an attempted robbery gone wrong, but once the victim was shot dead, they had sufficient time to empty his pockets, which they didn’t. They took nothing but Rich’s life,” said Levinson
“They hurt the community, and they hurt the long-term possibility of what he could have done. They took his life for literally no reason. They didn’t finish robbing him, they just took his life,” Mary Rich said during a press briefing. Unfortunately, Mrs. Rich refuses to discuss possible murder motives other than a robbery gone wrong for her son.
Rich lived in the neighborhood, Acting Capt. Anthony Haythe of the Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide branch said at a news conference after the killing. Fifth District police officers were patrolling the area about 4:20 a.m. when they heard gunshots, police said.
When police arrived on Flagler Place, they found Rich suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police reported then as they have now that there aren’t any witnesses. The acting captain said he could not comment on whether the killing was related to recent robberies in the area.
Rich worked for the Democratic National Committee, his father said. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and previously worked on Democrats’ campaigns, for the U.S. Census Bureau and as a boating instructor at a summer camp, according to his LinkedIn.com page.
“I have an enormous interest in public service and working towards making the world a better place,” Rich wrote on the page.
Seth Conrad Rich was the Voter Expansion Data Director at the DNC and had been working on exposing the recent cases of election fraud and voter suppression during the recent primaries around the country, according to his LinkedIn.com listing.
Some Internet web sites that cover politics have said Rich was a whistleblower who discovered irregularities in Democratic Party voting patterns.
Jim Kouri is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He’s formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, a columnist for Examiner.com, and a contributor to WPTF, Raleigh, North Carolina. Jim was chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Jim appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, and MTV.