After Reddit users managed to track down the accounts on the site belonging to murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich, someone began editing and deleting his comments.
While it is unclear if someone is actually logged in and meddling with his account, or if Reddit took it upon themselves to remove identifying information about someone who is no longer living — it is still an odd occurrence.
Reddit users first located Rich’s main account, ‘MeGrimlock4’, where Rich had posted looking for his parent’s lost dog and left his email address.
The email was one of three said to belong to the DNC staffer that were tweeted on Friday by tech mogul and friend of Julian Assange, Kim Dotcom.
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) May 19, 2017
Dotcom claims that Rich was the one who leaked the DNC emails to WikiLeaks — and that he knew him. The tech mogul has promised to provide more information on what he has been calling a “political murder” on Tuesday after he speaks to his lawyers.
The last post ever made by ‘MeGrimlock4’ was about his appreciation for patriotic clothes.
There is also a post which included a photo of him with Warren Buffett — as well as posts about his volunteering at the Washington Humane Society, and his love of dogs and pandas.
Strangely, this account’s posts were edited on Saturday, after it was discovered by the internet, by someone who has apparently never heard of the ‘Streisand Effect.’
The post searching for his parent’s lost dog was edited to remove the two email addresses that were included in the original post.
“For some strange reason, whoever was meddling with Rich’s account also appears to have deleted his most recent post, which was made much closer to the time of his actual death; his other recent comments currently read ’11 months ago’, while this one reads ’10 months ago’. This one is even more suspicious, because while the actual comment made appears unremarkable, the fact that it is posted in the subreddit r/washingtondc makes it clear that the account belongs to someone in DC, which could tip off future online investigators that they might be looking at Rich’s account even after the email information was deleted. I hope we get an explanation about this from Reddit admin as well,” independent journalist Caitlin Johnstone noted in her Medium post about the strange occurrence.
The email accounts tweeted by Dotcom pointed to the Twitter accounts @panda4progress and @Pandas4Bernie which many have now attributed to Rich. If these accounts do belong to the murder victim, it indicates that he was definitely a Bernie bro, which has long been the theory on why he would have chosen to leak the information that revealed internal plotting against the Vermont senator’s campaign.
The Pandas4Bernie Twitter account was last active on June 11, less than one month before Rich was murdered. The last tweet on the account was a manifesto about continuing to fight for Senator Bernie Sanders.
— Pandas For Bernie (@Pandas4Bernie) June 11, 2016
This lead to the Reddit account, /u/pandas4bernie, which also stopped posting around the same time as the original account.
Rich was murdered early morning hours of July 10, 2016, near his home while he was on the phone with his girlfriend. The police initially ruled that it was a botched robbery — but his wallet, watch, and necklace were still on his person when he was discovered by police. After his death, his girlfriend told a local news station that she believed that it sounded like he was murdered out of anger.
1) Girlfriend said they killed Seth in ANGER ( not robbery )
2) Parents said EMT's were SURPRISED he didn't survive. pic.twitter.com/MO98ZvosWB
— Alternative Views (@AlternativViewz) May 18, 2017
Early Tuesday morning, news broke that former DC homicide detective Rod Wheeler, who was privately investigating the murder, found evidence that the 27-year-old had been communicating with WikiLeaks.
Seth Rich's new "family spokesman" is Brad Bauman a professional Democrat crisis PR consultant with the Pastorum Group.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 11, 2016
In a bizarre and aggressive statement following Wheeler’s report, Brad Bauman, the spokesman for the Rich family, who just so happens to be a Democratic Party crisis PR consultant, claims that even if an email [to WikiLeaks] was found, it would not be evidence of foul play.