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FBI Asks Court For 66 Years To Release Seth Rich Laptop Information
FBI Asks Court for 66 Years to Release Information From Seth Rich’s Computer
By Zachary Stieber
October 28, 2022 Updated: October 29, 2022
The FBI is asking a U.S. court to reverse its order that it produce
information from Seth Rich’s laptop computer.
If the court does not, the bureau wants 66 years to produce the information.
Rich was a Democratic National Committee staffer when he was killed on
a street in Washington in mid-2016. No person has ever been arrested
in connection to the murder.
U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant, an Obama appointee, ruled in
September that the bureau must hand over information from the computer
to Brian Huddleston, a Texas man who filed a Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) request for the info.
The FBI’s assertion that the privacy interest Rich’s family members
hold outweighed the public interest was rejected by Mazzant, who noted
the bureau cited no relevant case law supporting the argument.
But the ruling was erroneous, U.S. lawyers said in a new filing.
The bureau shouldn’t have to produce the information because of FOIA
exemptions for information that are compiled for law enforcement
purposes and “could reasonably be expected to disclose the identity of
a confidential source,” the lawyers said in a motion for
reconsideration. Another exemption, which enables agencies to withhold
information that would disclose law enforcement techniques also
applies, they said.
“Given the Court’s findings that except for the information related to
Seth Rich’s laptop withheld pursuant to Exemptions 6 and 7(C) based on
privacy interests, the FBI properly withheld or redacted all other
information responsive to Huddleston’s requests, the production order
seems inconsistent with the rest of the order,” the motion stated.
The FBI, after claiming it never possessed Rich’s laptop or any
information from it, acknowledged in 2020 that it had thousands of
files from the computer.
The bureau “is currently working on getting the files from Seth Rich’s
personal laptop into a format to be reviewed,” the government said at
Epoch Times Photo Seth Rich, the voter expansion data director for the
Democratic National Committee, in a file photograph. (LinkedIn)
Information and material extracted from the computer were provided by
a source to an FBI agent during a meeting on March 15, 2018, FBI
records officer Michael Seidel said in a declaration. He said the
files included photographs and documents, among other material.
In the new filing, government lawyers said the FBI never extracted the
data, which it revealed as originating with a law enforcement agency.
They said the information is on a compact disc containing images of
“The FBI did not open an investigation into the murder of Seth Rich,
nor did it provide investigative or technical assistance to any
investigation into the murder of Seth Rich. As a result, the FBI has
never extracted the data from the compact disc and never processed the
information contained on the disc,” they said.
To produce the information, the FBI would have to convert information
on the disc into pages and then review the pages to redact information
per FOIA, according to the government.
If Mazzant upholds his order, the FBI wants a lengthy period of time
to perform the work—66 years, or 500 pages a month.
“If the court overrules the FBI’s motion, the FBI wants to produce
records at a rate of 500 pages per month. At that rate, it will take
almost 67 years just to produce the documents, never mind the images
and other files,” Ty Clevenger, a lawyer representing Huddleston, told
The Epoch Times in an email.
“After dealing with the FBI for five years, I now assume that the FBI
is lying to me unless and until it proves otherwise. The FBI is
desperately trying to hide records about Seth Rich, and that begs the
question of why.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has suggested Rich leaked Democratic
National Committee (DNC) files to WikiLeaks, but special counsel
Robert Mueller said the real source was Russian hackers. Still,
Mueller’s finding conflicts with statements from CrowdStrike, the firm
hired to investigate how the DNC files were released.
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