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 4 Revolution (@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
— Think Different (@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.
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Lesbian Activist Trashes Trans Fad: ‘Biology is Not a Social Construct’
Some of the letters in the LGBT community are not feeling so communal if a prominent lesbian activist and Army Staff Sergeant is to be believed.
“I have spent every day of my life since that time advocating for the marginalized and oppressed, especially sexual minorities,” wrote Miriam Ben-Shalom in The Federalist. “I’ve organized rallies, shown up and stood up wherever injustice was allowed to flourish. I’ve twice chained myself to the White House fence and engaged in non-violent civil disobedience to protest the ban on LGB people in the military. I’ve risked jail time and criminal charges on behalf of my brothers and sisters in the LGB community.”
Ben-Shalom was originally honorably discharged from the Army for homosexuality, but was the first person re-instated after such a discharge in 1988, which she describes as one of the proudest moments of her life.
But things aren’t completely hunky-dory for the lesbian activist right now. Though she believes that transgender people deserve respect and ought not to be discriminated against, it is clear that Ben-Shalom thinks the movement has gone too far.
“[I] ought not to be expected to believe that by some magic and lots of surgeries and chemicals that a man can be a woman and a woman a man,” she wrote. “I, and all woman and children, should not have to put up with the shenanigans of those who insist that biology is ‘a social construct’ but gender ‘is innate in a person’ when the exact opposite is true.”
Ironically, Ben-Shalom’s views on the subject are so controversial that she was forced to publish her op-ed in the socially conservative Federalist.
She also knocked the growing trend of parents forcing transgenderism on their children.
“Children should not be experimented upon by infusing them with puberty blockers to keep them from growing up,” she said. “Children should not be operated upon and have body parts removed because they ‘feel’ they are something other than what they are, should not be subjected to a lifetime of ill health because of Big Pharma’s chemicals.”
Ben-Shalom said that lesbian women should not be accused of “transphobia” for refusing to sleep with biological males who “identify” as transgender females, and that the law should not protect transgender females who want to use men’s bathrooms and locker rooms.
“Do you understand now why this is not about trans humans being discriminated against, but is about something much more horrible and revolting: the chemical sterilization of children, the denial of basic human rights to women and children, and the erasure of women? Do you still wonder why we do not want the law to allow such people in our spaces?”
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