What was Old, is New Again Earlier in the week, Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame, inserted himself into the growing speculation amongst conspiracy theorists that the DNC and Clinton family may have had something to do with the death of data analyst Seth Rich.
Below is a recap of available information as well as some historical perspective.
Seth Rich: Data Analyst, WikiLeaks, and Two Shots in the Night
Seth Rich worked for the DNC on voting issues, and more specifically, on getting out the vote. On July 10th 2016 at 4:15 in the morning he was shot and killed in a Washington DC neighborhood close to where he lived. According to police they have no suspects, witnesses or motives but are investigating the possibility that the murder was a robbery - even though none of his possessions were taken. After Seth was murdered, conspiracy theorists began to discuss the possibility that his death was in some way related to his job at the DNC. These fires were then stoked by Julian Assange of WikiLeaks during an interview with Dutch television station NOS on August 8th when he hinted that Seth may have been the source of the Clinton emails in the recent DNC leak. Further solidifying that theory, Wikileaks has offered up $20,000 for any information that leads to a conviction in Rich's death, in addition to the $25,000 reward currently being offered by the Metro Police Department of Washington DC.
Shawn Lucas: Bernie Supporter, A Law Suit, and even more Questions
Adding to the suspicions was the untimely death of another man: Shawn Lucas. Shawn died on August 2nd but the cause of death is still unknown. What is known, is that Sean was in the process suing the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz for trying to influence the nomination process. According to a self-published YouTube video, on June 28th 2016 supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sued the DNC and its chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in an unprecedented nationwide class action suit for fraud. In the YouTube video Lucas is seen serving a member of the DNC with the appropriate paperwork. Conspiracy theorists hypothesize that this action was what ultimately lead to his untimely passing. Further information will be available when the coroner releases their findings. I’ll have mine Medium Rare.
While these conspiracy theories may be the most outrageous and scandalous in recent memory, they are by no means rare when it comes to an election year and our presidents. Below, we take a quick look back on past election conspiracies:
George Washington was not the first President. Many people believe to this day that it was John Hanson and not George Washington who was the USA’s first president. While there is some truth in this theory, it is not ENTIRELY true. John Hanson was the first President of the United States in Congress Assembled, under the Articles of Confederation. But, this doesn’t officially count because the position was merely a ceremonial one and at the time the United States did not have an executive branch.
Sarah Palin didn’t give birth to baby Trig. Calling themselves Trig Truthers, conspiracy theorists in 2008 claimed that Sarah Palin’s son Trig was not hers and that she was raising the child on behalf of her daughter Bristol. ‘Truthers’ pointed to photos of Palin in late March exclaiming that her stomach was too flat to be that of a pregnant woman. In the end, the McCain campaign, along with Palin shot down the rumor and Bristol gave birth to her baby Tripp in December of that same year.
Vince Foster: Dead in Northern Virginia. He was the deputy White House counsel in the Clinton administration and close friend to the Clinton family when he was found dead in a federal park in Northern Virgina. Although his death was ruled a suicide, the couple was rumored to be behind the death as he was thought to have incriminating evidence against the Clinton family. Three separate investigations turned up no evidence of any involvement.
Although none of these conspiracy theories have been proven, one thing is for certain: conspiracy theories and elections go hand in hand, and the current election is only getting started.