National Security Agency hiding communications between Seth Rich and Julian Assange

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Sy Hersh finally comes clean

In a conversation recorded in 2017, Mr. Hersh told my client Ed Butowsky about an FBI investigation concerning Seth Rich and Wikileaks, but he then spent the next three years trying to disavow what he told Mr. Butowsky. See, e.g., Andy Kroll, “Killing The Truth,” August 16, 2020 Rolling Stone (ironically, few have spent more time “killing the truth” than Andy Kroll and Rolling Stone). In the July 15, 2020 deposition, however, he reluctantly admitted that he did discuss the FBI investigation with a senior intelligence official whom he had known for more than 30 years. See, e.g., pp. 198-199 of the transcript.

It’s a long deposition, and I find it disappointing that Mr. Hersh was so evasive when questioned. I’m a former journalist, as my readers know, and I understand the need to protect sources, but it is almost as if Mr. Hersh ran away from the story because it was so radioactive. Even at the time of the July deposition, he seemed to believe what his source told him, yet he had zero interest in pursuing the story.

I sought permission to release the deposition because I wanted to use it as an exhibit in Huddleston v. FBI, Case No. 4:20-cv-447-ALM (E.D. Tex.), the case where the FBI reluctantly admitted that it has thousands of records about Seth Rich. According to the court’s October 23, 2020 scheduling order, the FBI was supposed to produce the records two days ago. On December 16, 2020, however, the FBI asked the court for what amounts to an indefinite delay.

This morning I filed an opposition to the FBI’s request, and I attached the deposition of Mr. Hersh. Below I’ve posted links to all of the exhibits. As I explained to the Huddleston court, the FBI has a long history of deception and delay, and it perpetrated a fraud on at least two federal courts while hiding the Seth Rich records.

If you have any tips, please send them my way.

Exhibit 1

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Exhibit 9

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