Right-Wing Activists Discussed Wiretapping Seth Rich's Family, Three People in the Room Say - 2020-02-17

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F375.png Right-Wing Activists Discussed Wiretapping Seth Rich's Family, Three People in the Room Say February 17, 2020, Will Sommer, Daily Beast

A strange set of characters from some of the highest and lowest positions in the American right gathered one morning in September 2017 at an affluent neighborhood outside of Dallas.

One of their topics was responding to online critics of wealthy Texas businessman Ed Butowsky, who had recently been outed as a driving force behind a retracted Fox News story about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich.

The group that gathered at Butowsky's home included a conspiracy theorist, a Fox reporter fighting for her career, a former private intelligence contractor married to star journalist Lara Logan, and a Democratic PR operative who lost his business in the face of sexual assault allegations. The group also included Thomas Schoenberger and Manuel "Defango" Chavez, two notorious internet provocateurs who had recently launched a self-proclaimed "elite" company that promised to use bots and sow "targeted chaos" to defend its clients online.

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