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Independent group releases report on Seth Rich murder investigation

FROM WASHINGTON (ABC7) —  A brand new report  by an independent group has surfaced on the investigation into the murder of DNC worker Seth Rich.

Rich’s killer remains on the loose, and for months now a group of George Washington University grad students, called the Profiling Project, have been digging into the case.

The Profiling Project released their initial report on the investigation Tuesday in press conference. Read the full report here:

EXCLUSIVE: A look inside ‘Profiling Project: Seth Rich’

Brad Bauman, the spokesperson for the Rich family, issued this response to the report Tuesday:

“The Rich family was not provided a copy of the preliminary report, never saw the report or was otherwise consulted in the preparation of the report. I received the report a half an hour before it was made public thus depriving myself, the family or the family’s lawyers any reasonable time (to) review it. As noted, by the report’s methodology, ‘The Profiling Project’ was given no special access to any materials, evidence or persons and due to case sensitivity, conducted only informal, limited interviews. Given that fact, the family hopes that the general public takes the findings at face value – valuable experience in research collection and report writing for students at George Washington University but in no way should take any findings contained within as new, credible or otherwise lending credence to conspiracy theories surround the circumstances of Seth’s death. We further hope that this doesn’t continue to impede the Metropolitan Police Department’s ability to find the killers and give folks who might have information to their arrest cover to stay silent.”

The Profiling Project is an independent, nonpartisan unit comprised of forensic experts and George Washington University graduate students who have been investigating the murder of Seth Rich.

FROM WJLA Soon after the murder:

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Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich had sent 44,000 internal emails to WikiLeaks

The Democratic National Committee staffer shot and killed in Washington, D.C., last summer leaked more than 44,000 emails to WikiLeaks before his death, according to a report.

The Fox News report implies that Seth Rich may have been the one who leaked information about the DNC to WikiLeaks that showed, among other things, that the DNC favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary. While it’s not clear, the report does note that WikiLeaks posted that information just 12 days after Rich was killed.

However, U.S. intelligence officials believe Russia hacked into the DNC and allowed that information to be sent to WikiLeaks.

The report states federal law enforcement investigators found 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between DNC leaders from January 2015 to May 2016 were sent by Rich to Gavin MacFayden, an American reporter and WikiLeaks director based in London who is now deceased. That information was found in a FBI forensic report on Rich’s computer done within days of his murder.

Rich was killed July 10 in Washington, D.C., as he walked home. His murder remains unsolved.

Rod Wheeler, a former D.C. homicide detective whose private investigation firm was hired by Rich’s family, confirmed to Fox News his investigation shows similar information.

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