So much seems to hinge on this question of why Seth Rich died. The "conspiracy theory" is that Seth Rich was a young disenchanted staffer with the Democratic National Committee who leaked files to Wikileaks after witnessing unlawful or unethical treatment of Bernie Sanders. The conspiracy holds that he was murdered point-blank on the street for his whistle-blowing.
This conspiracy theory challenges the official story that Seth Rich's murder was simply another random murder and that Russia is responsible for hacking the DNC files.
Yesterday, the Washington Post ran an article claiming that the Seth Rich conspiracy theory has been proven false as it was retracted by Fox News, leaving the unreliable Dotcom as its made purveyor:
David Weigel. The life and death of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory. The Washington Post, May 23, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/the-life-and-death-of-the-seth-rich-conspiracy-theory/2017/05/23/aba640c4-3ff3-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html?utm_term=.24298801e768&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1I've followed this story loosely as its been covered in the mainstream and alternative media (especially ZeroHedge.com).
There is no way to discern the truth in the matter but I believe the Washington Post story is iconic of the larger effort to cast the Russians as meddling in the election in order to bring down President Trump.
I abhor most of Trump's policies and have remarked at this blog about his efforts to cut environmental protections and social services for the poor.
But did Trump really align with the Russians to rig the election?
There are so many gradients of this general question.
Perhaps the Russians act on their own to bolster public support for a Trump presidency in an effort to ignite and/or fuel an American color revolution.
Or, perhaps the Russians merely provide media support for dissent within the US, deploying platforms such as RT, in a kind of passive Voice of America strategy.
Answers to these questions are bound up in the answer to who murdered Seth Richards.
Seth Rich the whistleblower and martyr is iconic of public disillusionment with the DNC and the more general legitimacy crisis I've described at this blog.
In contrast, Seth Rich the random victim of random violence helps contain the fracturing of legitimacy surrounding the DNC and in so doing reinforces the new "cold war" that Trump has had so much difficulty navigating.
I have no idea where truth lies but I think the competing narratives are indicative of the broader legitimation crisis I've described at this blog *(here).