Seth Rich Died Before Assange Ever Received Hacked DNC Emails. Guess Who That's Not Stopping.
In July of 2016, DNC Voter Expansion Data Director Seth Rich was murdered in what police believe was a robbery gone wrong. Since then, Fox News, Newt Gingrich, Roger Stone, and varied and sundry internet morons have insisted that he was actually murdered on orders from Hillary Clinton or someone working on her behalf because he was the one who sent all of the DNC emails to Wikileaks. This theory was helped along in no small part by Wikileaks' Julian Assange, who offered a reward for finding Rich's killer(s) and repeatedly strongly hinted that Rich -- and not anyone from Russia, as cybersecurity experts determined back in 2016 -- was indeed his source. It's been a weird (and cruel, and sadistic) ride, especially for Rich's parents who would really, really like it if people would stop pushing this bullshit.
And if we lived in saner times, said bullshit would have ended yesterday when the Mueller Report confirmed that Rich could not possibly have been the source for the email leaks on account of him having been dead for four days before Assange received the DNC leaks. Not to mention the fact that Assange continued communication with his source for quite some time after Rich was dead. Given that this communication was done through a computer, rather than through a Ouija board, it is fair to assume that Rich was not leaking information from beyond the grave.
But if there is anything we have learned lo these many stupid, stupid years, it is that when conspiracy theorists are presented with information that contradicts the ridiculous crap they've imagineered, they don't retreat, they reload. So here we are with a bunch of people who are now doubling down on this nonsense. Including several who claim that the Mueller Report actually proves that Seth Rich was the source of the leaks.
Seth Rich Was WikiLeaks 'Source' of Stolen Emails; Page 48 of Mueller Report youtu.be
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None of this is particularly surprising. If someone's whole persona is wrapped up in being one of the only people who sees "the truth" and that "truth" is actually "just some shit they made up," they cannot allow themselves to just be wrong. It would ruin everything and the whole house of cards would come tumbling down. If they admit they're wrong about Seth Rich having been murdered by Hillary Clinton, then they have to wonder if they're wrong about QAnon or the earth being flat or Elvis not really being alive or ... whatever.
If there is a lesson to be learned here, and I believe there is, it is that setting yourself up to be the smartest person in the room is a terrible idea. It's a bad idea if you are stupid enough to believe in things like the Seth Rich conspiracy hoax, for sure, but it's a bad idea even if you are not. Either way, you set yourself up to not be able to just be wrong, which everyone is at some point or another.
And with that, this is your dumbfounded and angry OPEN THREAD.
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