Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee staffer found murdered last July in Washington, D.C., leaked over 44,000 emails to WikiLeaks prior to his death, according to a Fox News report.
"I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks," an unnamed federal investigator told Fox News. The investigator the FBI has the emails, but that the case itself still belongs to the Washington Police Department -- which isn't doing much about it.
"My investigation shows someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward."
The investigator's disclosure is supported by the findings of Rod Wheeler, a former D.C. homicide detective hired by Rich's family to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death. Police initially said Rich was killed in a robbery gone wrong. But details of the murder -- two shots to the back, and the fact that nothing was taken from his body -- left lingering doubts for his family.
"My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks," said Wheeler. "I do believe that the answers to who murdered Seth Rich sits on his computer on a shelf at the D.C. police or FBI headquarters."
The revelation has generated fresh speculation Rich may have been the source of massive, damaging leaks of DNC communications to WikiLeaks. The group's founder Julian Assange has been adamant in public statements that DNC emails obtained and published by the rogue international outlet were obtained through internal leaks and not Russian hacks.
In December 2016, Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and an associate of Assange, told the British Daily Mail that he personally flew to Washington, D.C. to meet one of the DNC leakers. "Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians," Murray told the Mail. "The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks."
According to the federal investigator with whom Fox News spoke, Rich sent 44,053 DNC emails to WikiLeaks, including 17,761 attachments, to the late Gavin MacFayden, a close colleague of Assange's and director of WikiLeaks at the time. The files were given to MacFayden prior to May 21, 2016.
Wheeler blasted law enforcement officials for not cooperating with the independent investigation.
"The police department nor the FBI have been forthcoming," Wheeler told Fox.
"They haven't been cooperating at all. I believe that the answer to solving his death lies on that computer, which I believe is either at the police department or either at the FBI. I have been told both," he said.
Wheeler even asserted there could be political forces at play attempting to keep questions unanswered in the case.
"I have a source inside the police department that has looked at me straight in the eye and said, 'Rod, we were told to stand down on this case and I can't share any information with you.' Now, that is highly unusual for a murder investigation, especially from a police department. Again, I don't think it comes from the chief's office, but I do believe there is a correlation between the mayor's office and the DNC," Wheeler told Fox.
"My investigation shows someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward," said Wheeler. "That is unfortunate. Seth Rich's murder is unsolved as a result of that."