[Ed. – You can’t make this stuff up. Michael Isikoff is the guy who published Christopher Steele’s dossier material in September 2016, giving the DOJ/FBI the false semblance of having news reporting to “independently corroborate” the dossier in the FISA application for Carter Page. Now Isikoff is telling us the Russians were behind the theory about slain Democratic staffer Seth Rich and the DCCC emails in July 2016. Where did he get this information? From a former DOJ prosecutor.]
In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was gunned down by a squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton, giving rise to a notorious conspiracy theory that captivated conservative activists and was later promoted from inside President Trump’s White House, a Yahoo News investigation has found.
Russia’s foreign intelligence service, known as the SVR, first circulated a phony “bulletin” — disguised to read as a real intelligence report —about the alleged murder of the former DNC staffer on July 13, 2016, according to the U.S. federal prosecutor who was in charge of the Rich case. That was just three days after Rich, 27, was killed in what police believed was a botched robbery while walking home to his group house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C., about 30 blocks north of the Capitol.