Father of DNC staffer mysteriously gunned down in DC denies his son gave Wikileaks emails despite rumors his death was part of a cover up
- Seth Rich, 27, was shot dead in Washington DC in the early hours of July 10
- There are suspicions that Rich passed on incriminating DNC emails to WikiLeaks prior to the 2016 presidential election
- Rich worked as a data analyst at the DNC and had built a voter turnout database in the months before his death
- The theories were fueled by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's suggestion that the leak was an inside job
- But Rich's father says his son wouldn't have passed on incriminating information
- He says Assange's comments are 'bizarre' and that his son's death was likely a robbery gone wrong
The father of a Democratic National Committee staffer shot dead in Washington DC in August has insisted that his son did not pass on incriminating emails to WikiLeaks, despite rumors he is to blame for the leak still circulating six months after his death.
Seth Rich, 27, was gunned down in the affluent Bloomingdale neighborhood of DC in the early hours of July 10 while he was on the phone to his girlfriend after a night out at Lou's City Bar.
Rich worked as a data analyst at the DNC and had built a voter turnout database in the months before his death.
But despite speculation from the public, fueled by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's own comments, Rich's father, Joel, insists that his son did not provide emails to WikiLeaks prior to the 2016 presidential election.
Amid suspicions that Seth Rich passed along incriminating emails to WikiLeaks before his death, the DNC staffer's father, Joel (left), says his son would never do such a thing. Seth Rich, 27, was shot dead in Washington DC in the early hours of July 10
'Anyone who knew Seth knew that wasn't the way he would have handled the problem,' Rich's father, Joel Rich, told Fox News. 'He would not go outside the system.'
During an August interview, Assange suggested the DNC leak may have been the work of an insider. But he told DemocracyNow he didn't know their identity, and wouldn't reveal if he did.
Joel Rich called Assange's comments 'bizarre', and says he, like Washington, DC, police, believes that his son's death was the result of a robbery gone wrong.
'The reason Seth was killed is probably because he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,' he said. 'There are all kinds of scenarios, but until something else is proven, these are just scenarios.'
Above all else, Rich wanted to make a difference in the world, Joel Rich said.
'At work, Seth was able to extend his desire to make everyone feel included to the basic right to vote in American elections,' Joel Rich said.
'What makes Seth stand out is wanting to help others and wanting to make a difference,' he added. 'As a parent, you always think your children are great, but after speaking to people who knew him who started calling the day after he was killed, we realized we didn't have to be as modest about what we said about him.'
There are suspicions that Rich passed on incriminating DNC emails to WikiLeaks prior to the 2016 presidential election
Rich worked as a data analyst at the DNC and had built a voter turnout database in the months before his death. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (pictured) suggested that the leak was an inside job
Despite DC police suspecting a robbery, Rich's family said that nothing had been taken from their son.
The mystery surrounding his death has sparked a flurry of theories posted online, including claims that he was on his way to speak to the FBI when he was shot.
There have also been suggestions he fed Wikileaks the 3,000 DNC emails that were released at the start of the party's convention last week.
Reddit user The_Donald also constructed a timeline that links Rich to the Clintons, as pointed out by Heat Street.
He said Rich developed a relationship with environmentalists supporting Bernie Sanders. They then suggest this relationship was somehow connected to Rich's death.
There is no evidence to suggest any of these claims are true.
The trail seemed to have gone cold after the DNC staffer was killed on July 10.
Rich's body was found covered in bruises on the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW, but he still had his watch, cell phone and wallet on him.
Last year, Rich's parents, Joel and Mary (pictured) appealed to the public requesting help finding their son's killer
Like Washington, DC, police, Rich's (left) parents believe that their son's death is the result of a robbery gone wrong
In the days before he was shot dead, Rich appealed for the end of gun violence on his Facebook page
A police report seen by DailyMail.com also states the circumstances surrounding Rich's homicide are 'unknown'.
Security footage from a nearby store obtained by Fox News show two men following Rich from a crosswalk in the moments before he was shot.
The camera only captured images of the assailants' legs and of Rich when he fell to the ground after being shot.
Following Rich's death, Assange offered a $20,000 reward leading to an arrest of the killers. Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman offered an additional $100,000 while the DC Police also offer $25,000.
'The Metropolitan Police Department is committed to bringing the person or persons responsible for Seth Rich's death to justice,'DC police told FoxNews.com in a statement. 'As we mark the six-month anniversary of his death, we urge anyone with information to come forward and help bring his family the answers they deserve.'
Police have said there had been numerous robberies in the area in the lead up to Rich's murder and suspect he may have engaged in a fight with his attackers.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call police on 202-727-9099 or text anonymous information to the department's tip line at 50411.
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