America First Media Releases Portion of Text Conversation

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Statement issued by America First Media:

America First Media Group is releasing for the first time a series of text messages from one of our sources in the Seth Rich Murder Investigation. In Mid May, Fox News would retract their Seth Rich story basing it on Rod Wheeler claiming he was misquoted. This screen shot of the text is Rod Wheeler admitting to Fox News Malia Zimmerman that he was not misquoted in her article about the investigation of Seth Rich.

NOTE: I was asked to remove the screenshot for the following violation of the terms on Medium:

Posting copies of private communications between private individuals without the explicit consent of all parties to the communication

***In order to meet the terms of service, I have removed the screenshot of the text message and will only refer to the context of the conversation.

A portion of a group text message was released to America First Media from one of our sources showing a section of a conversation between Fox reporter Malia Zimmerman, former homicide detective and Fox contributor Rod Wheeler, and an unknown person.

The conversation appears to show Wheeler confirming to Zimmerman there were no errors in her story — a direct contradiction to the lawsuit launched by Wheeler against Fox News where he claims he was misquoted in the aforementioned story causing harm to his reputation.

The lawsuit can be read below:

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3906804/Seth-Rich-Fox-News.pdf

The controversial lawsuit has been plagued with challenges since the day it was filed when Cassandra Fairbanks released audio files on Big League Politics, one from journalist Seymour Hersch discussing the Seth Rich homicide in relation to the Wikileaks emails released during the 2016 Presidential campaign, and another of Wheeler himself appearing to contradict his claims made in the lawsuit.

Along with articles by Fairbanks and others documenting similar contradictions, a web site appeared with the sole purpose of disputing the claims in the lawsuit — DebunkingRodWheelersClaims.

DebunkingRodWheelersClaims.

It seems the lawsuit is becoming more and more difficult to overcome the amount of contradictory evidence available in the public domain as each day passes.

More as the this story develops…

HM

The America First Media Investigation Into the Murder of Seth Rich

The America First Media Investigation Into the Murder of Seth Rich

Friday, September 8, 2017

This question pops up, day after day, regardless of the circumstantial evidence we put forward — Is Seth Rich still alive?

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Is the Senate Trying To Silence Wikileaks And What They Know About Seth Rich?

Monday, August 28, 2017

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, England — the first American congressman to meet with the controversial publisher since being granted asylum more than six years ago.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

The congressman, who chairs a sub-committee on Eurasian policy, and considered by colleagues to be Russian friendly, met with Assange for three hours discussing a variety of topics including the damning internal emails from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), The Democratic National Committee (DNC), Hillary Clinton, and her campaign manager John Podesta, published by Wikileaks during the course of the 2016 Presidential campaign.

In typical Democratic Party fashion, the ever eager to please liberal corporate media has gone to great lengths to shift the focus from the content of the emails to how they were obtained — playing the role of victim in a losing effort to pin blame on unsubstantiated, and since debunked, Russian hackers.

Assange reiterated his assertions the emails published by Wikileaks were not obtained through any foreign government hacking — but instead, were leaks provided by an insider.

The publisher told the congressman he would be willing to provide evidence and further details on the leaked emails to President Trump in person.

In what appears to be anticipation of Assange’s claims, a website devoted to discrediting Representative Dana Rohrabacher appeared online shortly after the meeting —the Rohrabacher Conspiracy.

the Rohrabacher Conspiracy

America First’s own investigator, Truth In Government2016 (aka TIG), discovered the domain was registered by the DCCC itself.

More troubling than the website was TIG’s discovery of when the domain name was registered — August 9th, one week before Rohrabacher met with Assange.

It’s important to note, the trip to Europe was not scheduled government business. Rohrabacher paid for the trip himself — essentially, he was on holidays.

So how did the DCCC know a week ahead of time the congressman would be meeting Assange in a visit brokered and attended by journalist and friend Charles Johnson? The only other person in attendance was Assange’s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson.

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The Wikileaks Muzzle

Back in April of this year, CIA Director Mike Pompeo admonished Wikileaks using the words non-state hostile intelligence service when describing the publication and it’s actions of releasing the leaked emails during the 2016 election campaign.

In what appears to be the second prong of an effort to keep Julian Assange and Wikileaks silent on what they know about the leaks from the DCCC and DNC, a strange and unheard of section was added to otherwise standard legislation.

The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, (S.1761), was added to the Senate Calendar (Calendar №207) by the Republican senator from North Carolina, Sen. Richard Burr on July 18.

This act was first introduced in Congress on July 11, 2017 by Republican Rep. Devin Nunes from California and co-sponsored by his Democratic counter-part, Rep. Adam Schiff, as H.R.3180 — Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.

The section of concern, section .623, does not make it’s appearance in the document until after it passed through congress. There is no mention of section .623 in The Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence report (H. Rep. 115–251) which took place on July 24, 2017, nor is it found in any of the four versions leading up to and including July 31, 2017 when it was introduced to the Senate.

Sen. Burr introduced H.R. 3180 to the Senate Calendar where it became known as S. 1761 on August 18, 2017 (less than three full days after Rohrabacher met with Assange), and voila — section .623 had mysteriously been added to the text.

So what does section .623 say and why could it be critical in the Seth Rich investigation?

SEC. 623. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON WIKILEAKS.

It is the sense of Congress that WikiLeaks and the senior leadership of WikiLeaks resemble a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors and should be treated as such a service by the United States.

In an unprecedented manner, the Senate is considering singling out an individual publisher and declaring they are essentially an enemy state/non-state — Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Wikileaks — all to be treated as hostile enemies to the United States.

The timing is too perfect to ignore unless you are a keen believer in coincidence — a mysterious, unheard of section, seemingly not attributed to any one person, designed to silence one particular publication at the same time it’s founder could potentially blow the lid off of every narrative the mainstream media has been promoting since before the election in November.

Assange has made clear he is willing to offer evidence contradicting American intel sources who have claimed Russian hacking without offering a single credible piece of evidence to back their assertions.

Researcher Adam Carter (@withintegrity) has so thoroughly and meticulously dissected, documented, and disproven all claims supposedly supporting the Russian hacking narrative, it would be near impossible to read through his work and believe it was a possibility.

Even though independent analysis has all but destroyed the fake Russian claims without extra proof from Wikileaks, confirmation by Assange would completely destroy what little credibility the elite have left.

If Assange were to go further, as we suspect he is willing to do, and reveal who was responsible for the leaks, it could have a major impact on how the Seth Rich investigation plays out.

It is more than obvious the elite (Powers That Be, Shadow Government, Corporate Elite, take your pick…) are scared — very scared — about what Assange and Wikileaks might reveal. Seeing as the Russian narrative has been debunked and confirmed by members of the mainstream media, you have to ask yourself —

what are they afraid Assange will reveal?

Will Assange ultimately divulge Seth Rich was indeed involved in the internal leaks from the DNC in exchange for his freedom? And if so, will the Metropolitan D.C. Police (MPD) be forced to investigate the murder for what it is — a political assassination?

What’s the saying which has become so popular among the likes of Sean Hannity, Kim Dotcom, and the America First Media team?

Oh yeah — Tick Tock

HM

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The AMF Seth Rich Investigation

Friday, August 25, 2017

People continue to ask if we have leads in our investigation into the murder of Seth Rich. My standard answer — we have no lack of leads…we have leads which are difficult to substantiate.

The Hit List lead is an interesting example. I came across this tidbit while poking around in the dark recesses of the internet — places where you can actually hire people to carry out an assassination believe it or not.

Let me clarify — I did not find a site which listed Seth Rich as a target per say, what I found was a cached copy of an old website called the Assassination NETWORK (no longer in existence to my knowledge).

In the code I recovered, I found a list of five people, one of whom was Seth Rich, listed as successful hits carried out. *I will post the code in it’s entirety at the end of the article.

I was able to find an article from Dark Web World explaining how the Assassination NETWORK operated:

Assassination NETWORK – Murder for hire

The Homepage reveals some photos of the victims of the Assassination NETWORK, together with media links reporting about the cases. — Dark Web World

The cached version I discovered was the home page area, and as the author describes, the code shows exactly what he describes.

Since they claim that all their assassinations are unsolved until today, I’ve spend a few hours researching all of the publicly known cases and I can confirm, all those cases are currently indeed unsolved! — Dark Web World

As the author states, the names mentioned in the code, along with Seth Rich, were all indeed murders which remain unsolved to this day:

It is also worth mentioning that the Assassination NETWORK is not interested at all who their clients are: “We never ask our clients for any personal details. We simply don’t know who our clients are, where they reside etc.” — Dark Web World

Creepy enough? There’s more:

The price for their services start at $30,000 for low profile cases. There are surcharges for hits staged as accidents, disappearances or multiple murders. — Dark Web World

I recommend reading the entire article on Dark Web World HERE. It’s an interesting insight into what types of services are actually available on the dark net, and how they are able to operate without capture for lengths of time.

Another interesting article on the former owner of the Assassination NETWORK found on Forbes of all places:

Assassination NETWORK – Murder for hire

or alternately here — https://archive.is/q4Jir

The Forbes article was written in 2013, before Bitcoin had become more mainstream. Even though it, and other crypto currencies, are still the main source of commerce for the less than savory services available on the dark net, Bitcoin and others have become much more mainstream today. The article gives an idea of how cryptocurrencies were stigmatized only a few years ago.

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So how does this hit list factor in to our investigation?

Leads such as this one still have to be explored whether believed to have merit or not. This is why I say, yes, we have plenty of leads — whether they are all good leads is another question.

This lead merits some investigation simply for the fact I stumbled on it by pure chance — it wasn’t out in plain site.

The list itself is of interest as the names on it are people murdered under suspicious circumstances, and to my knowledge, all remain unsolved.

But — and this is a big but — who is to say the site did not add Seth Rich’s name to their credits simply for publicity at the time.

Dark Web illustrates in their article, the Assassination NETWORK did not post their victim’s names until six months after a successful hit , and only if the victim draws enough public interest to warrant the listing — by that time, Seth’s name was well known and would certainly have been a draw for their..uh..customers.

From the dark web site the Assassination NETWORK (now defunct)

The only indication in the code as to when the last time the page was potentially live is this line:

Last modified:</b> Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 13:17:34 BST

The web page, or at least the code, was modified in the not too distant past. It’s anybody’s guess as to what those modifications were at the time.

One aspect I did find of interest in the code was the media links listed at what would be the bottom of the web page — the articles relating to Seth Rich were ones published immediately following his murder.

This fact doesn’t prove anything in particular but it is interesting when speculating as to the time period the site may have been active. Seeing as there have been hundreds of articles since the time of Seth’s death, and knowing somebody made some changes to the code as recently as this past July, it could be inferred the timing may have been close to the murder date.

On the opposite side of the coin, knowing the site’s policy is to wait six months before listing the victim’s name, it’s curious as to why they would not have used news articles from the period six months later.

It’s small details like these which would lead us to believe this site was most likely taking advantage of the exposure using Seth’s name would bring, as opposed to him actually being a victim of the site’s services.

Regardless, it is interesting. It is one of those tidbits we file away for the time being. Who knows what other lead may arise which could add credibility to this one.

For now, we move on to the next lead, and the next one…

HM

See the cached web page code in it’s entirety here:

Assassination NETWORK – Murder for hire

Extra Reading:

Assassination NETWORK – Murder for hire

Assassination NETWORK – Murder for hire

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America First Media — Where Do We Go From Here?

America First Media’s Seth Rich Investigation

August 16, 2017

The title of this article is the same as the title of the Periscope broadcast Matt Couch did last night — for good reason.

Our team, the America First Media group, has come up against a serious hurdle forcing us to take a serious look at the realistic options we have with our investigation going forward.

What do you do with a large amount of evidence for a story which nobody will take the last few yards to achieve the justice you set out for in the first place?

It’s not difficult to understand the dilemma — when you have people like Sean Hannity being forced into silence, you realize how daunting the task becomes.

Even the most obvious of choices, Wikileaks, had become a questionable option. Why? They have never before revealed a source — how can we bring them a story which centers around the death of one of their potential sources and the exposure of another potential source who is still alive?

If you haven’t watched the Periscope from last night (August 15), you are most likely quite confused by now. I would highly recommend watching it HERE before continuing. Pay close attention to the comments after the 38:00-minute mark in particular.

https://www.pscp.tv/RealMattCouch/1nAJEeDNzLkJL?t=40m12s

What you witnessed was, at least partially, a huge break both for the case and for our team. Ed Butowsky took a major risk by coming forward live on our broadcast to both out himself as a major player in the investigation, and release facts we had been vetting previously.

What you did not see last night was an end to the investigation. Not by a long shot. Ed Butowsky is one of many sources we have spoken with in the past few months.

It is also important to note, Ed’s comments, brave as they were, are still his own and do not qualify as journalistic evidence in an investigation. His comments were not unlike answers one receives in an interview — the information is as credible as one believes the interviewee to be.

In Ed Butowsky’s case, we believe him to be a very credible player in the case, and as such, we incorporate his information under our working theory category. In other words, unless we acquire tangible evidence, we treat the information with the weight it warrants.

What Mr. Butowsky did by appearing live and stating his information as he did, was lift a weight off our team. Ed put information out which we could not have done at this point for several reasons — not enough substantiated evidence, protecting anonymous sources, even protecting ourselves.

Protecting ourselves goes back to the title of this article and our dilemma of what happens if we release information which nobody with the abilities to execute justice will touch? Once the information is out there, it has to get into the proper hands or it will simply be buried by the propaganda media machine. Their specialty being discrediting and covering up stories which do not serve the narrative of the powers that be.

Most likely Ed Butowsky is going to face severe media backlash. This in itself should be an indication of how sensitive this case and its outcome is to the many people involved.

Mr. Butowsky claimed the Rich family knows everything about the murder of their son except the killer’s identity. He stated both Seth and Aaron Rich were involved in the leaking of documents to Wikileaks, and more disturbing, Aaron received payment from Wikileaks to his personal bank account.

We also heard from Mr. Butowsky he was the source, and the person on the receiving end of the phone call with Seymour Hersch released last week by Cassandra Fairbanks and Big League Politics.

Butowsky stated, as a courtesy, he had edited some of Hersch’s comments in the recording so as not to cause embarrassment to the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.

The phone call revealed Hersch describing how he believed both the exchange of documents to Wikileaks, and the murder of Seth Rich, was carried out in explicit detail — claims Hersch has since denied making in a later email exchange with Butowsky.

ed –you have a lousy memory…i was not read anything by my fbi friend..i have no firsthand information and i really wish you would stop telling others information that you think i have…please stop relaying information that you do not have right…and that i have no reason to believe is accurate… Big League Politics

Fairbanks reported Butowsky had pleaded with Hersch to reveal everything he knew about the leaks and the murder to bring the truth to light prior to the surprising about face by Hersch.

I am curious why you haven’t approached the house committee telling them what you were read by your FBI friend related to Seth Rich that you in turn read to me. Based on all your work, it appears that you care about the truth. Even though, as you said you couldn’t get a second, shouldn’t you tell them so they could use their powers to determine the truth? –Big League Poltics

The trigger for the appearance of Ed Bukowsky fighting to get his information to the public was the filing of a lawsuit by former D.C. homicide detective, Fox News commentator, and former private investigator for the Rich family, Rod Wheeler.

The lawsuit, filed August 01, 2017, includes claims against Butowsky, also a frequent contributor to Fox Business, stating he participated in attempting to perpetrate a false narrative involving Wheeler in order to draw attention from President Trump’s Russian involvement allegations — a story supposedly authorized by the White House, and one which Wheeler claims, tarnished his reputation.

Butowsky, who is an ardent Trump supporter, strongly dismisses any such allegations against him and is fighting back against Wheeler by recommending the site Debunking Rod Wheeler’s Claims, and contacting us at America First Media.

https://www.pscp.tv/RealMattCouch/1nAJEeDNzLkJL?t=40m12s

Below is some further reading on the background of Ed Butowsky’s involvement in the Seth Rich murder.

https://www.pscp.tv/RealMattCouch/1nAJEeDNzLkJL?t=40m12s

It is worth noting, the coverage of the Wheeler lawsuit has all but vanished from the mainstream following the release of the Big League Politics articles, as well as various recordings, such as found HERE, and in interviews, such as HERE, where Wheeler himself seemingly contradicts his own claims.

All except for Bloomberg and NPR, who continue to push a Trump-Russia narrative (which has finally been accepted as a dead issue), as well as a right wing conspiracy angle for the murder of Seth Rich.

In fact, NPR published their latest Seth Rich piece only hours after Ed Butowsky appeared on our live Periscope broadcast, entitled *The Role Of Ed Butowsky In Advancing Retracted Seth Rich Story.

*NPR has renamed this article in the first hour after my publishing this piece — it is now entitled: The Man Behind The Scenes In Fox News’ Discredited Seth Rich Story

The podcast was made by NPR reporter David Folkenflik, who had also taken issue with our group on Twitter — apparently the tax-payer funded left wing organization has taken on the role of disparaging any person or group who believes investigating the murder of Seth Rich is nothing more than a conspiracy theorist.

Fortunately for justice, the old and tired conspiracy claim no longer fools many people, especially in an era where trust in the mainstream is at an all time low.

It is easy to predict the attacks on groups like America First Media, and people like Ed Butowski, accelerating as more and more truth comes to light and the mainstream media continues to lose its grip on the minds of the public.

As far as our investigation into the homicide of Seth Rich, we are not alone in believing an unsolved murder is not a conspiracy, and investigating a case where a killer or killers are still loose is somehow disrespectful to the family or anybody, is unacceptable.

With Ed Butowsky’s appearance on our broadcast, we now have more corroborating circumstantial evidence for many aspects of our working theories based on the character and credibility of the man who provided it.

Until we have or are able to substantiate these claims, and meaning no disrespect to Ed or any other source, we proceed cautiously, testing the claims to see how everything fits in this complex and difficult puzzle.

HM

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America First Media Official Press Release

RE: Seth Rich — MPD Body Camera Program

August 6th, 2017

BODY-WORN CAMERA PROGRAM (GO-SPT-302.13)

America First Media is officially requesting a proper and formal statement, with follow up, to address concerns related to the body camera equipment used by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) on the morning of July 10, 2016, at the homicide scene of Seth Conrad Rich in the Bloomingdale area of Washington, DC.

During the course of our investigation into said homicide, we have discovered seemingly numerous violations in the handling and processing of the body cam footage recorded by the attending officers, their superiors, and in particular, Metropolitan Police Department Privacy Officer Liz Lyons as per The General Order document, BODY-WORN CAMERA PROGRAM (GO-SPT-302.13) dated March 11th, 2016.

Specifically, but not limited to, we cite the following clause numbers as being of utmost concern:

Section IV — REGULATIONS

M. (pg 4) Members shall not:

2. Destroy, disseminate, edit, alter, modify, tamper with, or otherwise use BWC recordings without the written permission of the Chief of Police. Members who tamper with BWC recordings may be subject to criminal investigation and prosecution.

4. Delete any BWC recordings except as specified in Part V.C of this order (i.e., accidental recordings).

Section V — PROCEDURES

Category Retention

H. (pg 23) Retention

1. Members shall ensure that BWC recordings are retained and

accessible on the BWC database for a period of 90 calendar days

unless they are categorized as follows:


It is our understanding, the rejection of FOIA applications for the release of the body camera footage filed by numerous groups and individuals has been due to the claim of there being an ongoing investigation into the homicide of Seth Rich, thus, allowing for exemption from release.

According to the General Order set out for the MPD, we assert Ms. Lyons either spoke incorrectly in her public statements in regard to the amount of time body cam footage is kept, or a serious, and potentially criminal, break down of procedures occurred.

Ms. Lyons had stated 90 days as the standard for video evidence considered unnecessary.

As evidenced in the above clause, 90 days is a far cry from the minimum 65 years for what has been described as an open and on going investigation by the MPD.

Our position, based on public comments made by both Mayor Bowser and Liz Lyons describing blatant and serious violations cited previously, is to request remedy in the form of exercising the following clause contained in the same General Order document (BODY-WORN CAMERA PROGRAM (GO-SPT-302.13-pg 17)):

3. Member BWC Categories

D. Access and Review

(2) “Murder / Manslaughter”

6. The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO), the Office of Police Complaints (OPC), and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) staff have their own accounts to the storage database; therefore, MPD members shall not share or download BWC recordings for these organizations.

America First Media makes its public request for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to exercise his right to access the MPD body camera program’s database to obtains the camera footage from the morning of July 10, 2016, in relation to the homicide of Seth Rich, conduct a proper inquiry into the possible criminal mishandling of said camera footage, review the previously rejected FOIA claims to reassess their merit, and finally, assess claims by MPD of their ongoing investigation to determine what, if any, progress has occurred.

We request clarification from a MPD spokesperson, or failing that, the Attorney General of the United States, as to the detriment, if any, releasing body camera footage, along with any and all other previously FOIA requested documentation, would possibly have on an investigation we are told has had no suspects and no leads during the last official statement from MPD, which, curiously, was over one year ago.

The contradictions displayed by those in authority at MPD describe both, a cold case with no apparent manpower devoted, unwilling to cooperate or assist with any private investigations or citizen’s right to access information through FOIA, while at the same time, allowing for the destruction, intentional or otherwise, of evidence which could very well be critical to the solving of this homicide.

America First Media remains committed to solving the murder of Seth Rich using all means available. We will doggedly pursue access to information, rightfully belonging to the American people, when we feel this information is not only pertinent but critical to any investigation we undertake.

Sincerely,

America First Media

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General Order — BODY-WORN CAMERA PROGRAM (GO-SPT-302.13)

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