| Seth Rich |
|Born||3 January 1989|
|Died||10 July 2016 (Age 27)|
Washington D.C., USA
Cause of death
|Alma mater||Creighton University|
A Washington DC staffer who was murdered for unclear reasons, and whom Julian Assange hinted may have been a source for Wikileaks. The FBI claimed for 4 years they had no data on him, later admitting that they had thousands of pages of documents and his laptop.
Seth Rich was a computer scientist who was murdered in Washington DC before the 2016 Presidential Election. At the time of his murder, he was aged 27, working for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), developing an application he help voters locate polling stations.
Rich was shot at 4:20 a.m. on 10 July 2016. Police suggested Rich may have been killed in an attempted robbery, although no items were taken. A reward of $25,000 was offered from the police for information about the death.
The FBI has given affidavits that it has no records regarding Seth Rich. This was revealed to be untrue by a FOIA request.  In December 2020 "we learn that not only does the FBI have more than 20,000 pages relevant to the search term, “Seth Rich,” the FBI still has Seth Rich’s laptop computer."
Wikileaks and Julian Assange
Following the death, Wikileaks announced a reward of $20,000 for information leading to a conviction for the murder. Following the news of WikiLeaks' bounty, Seth's father, Joel Rich, said “I hope the additional money helps find out who did this.” He accused WikiLeaks of "playing a game". When Assange raised the topic of the murder of Seth Rich, his Dutch host commented "That was just a robbery, I believe. Wasn’t it?" Julian Assange replied: "No. There’s no finding. So... I’m suggesting that our sources take risks." He continued to hint that Seth Rich might have been a source for Wikileaks.
- Allen, Nick. WikiLeaks offers $20,000 reward over murder of Democrat staffer Seth Rich. The Daily Telegraph. 10 August 2916.
- "WikiLeaks offers reward for help finding DNC staffer’s killer". The Washington Post. 10 August 2016.