Seth Rich murder and probable leak to Wikileaks kept alive in Butowsky v. Folkenflik NPR et al, Ed Butowsky ups ante in September 30, 2019 amended complaint
Mueller, as a matter of determined policy, omitted key steps which any honest investigator would undertake. He did not commission any forensic examination of the DNC servers. He did not interview Bill Binney. He did not interview Julian Assange. His failure to do any of those obvious things renders his report worthless.”…Craig Murray
“Fox News news analyst Ellen Ratner relayed information from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to Texas businessman Ed Butowsky regarding Seth Rich’s role in transferring emails to Wikileaks, according to an amended lawsuit that I filed this morning on behalf of Mr. Butowsky.”…Attorney Ty Clevenger
“Who murdered Seth Rich and why?”…Citizen Wells
From the Second Amended Complaint in Ed Butowsky v. David Folkenflik, NPR, et al filed September 30, 2019.
“Plaintiff, Ed Butowsky, in his personal and professional capacities, by counsel, pursuant to Rule 15(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (the “Rules”), files the following Amended Complaint against Defendants, David Folkenflik (“Folkenflik”), National Public radio, Inc. (“NPR”), Edith Chapin (“Chapin”), Leslie Cook (“Cook”), and Pallavi Gogoi (“Gogoi”), jointly and severally.
Plaintiff seeks (a) compensatory damages and punitive damages in a sum not less than $60,000,000.00, (b) prejudgment interest on the principal sum awarded by the Jury from August 1, 2017 to the date of Judgment at the rate of five percent (5%) per year, and (c) costs – arising out of the Defendants’ defamation per se, business disparagement and civil conspiracy.”
“1. This is a case about collusion between a media correspondent and a lawyer. This case involves misconduct by the unethical and reckless journalist, who was spoon-fed a false narrative about President Trump and Fox News with instructions to leak the fake story online and in social media in the early morning hours of August 1, 2017.
2. The four (4) foundational principles of ethical journalism are:
● Seek Truth and Report It;
● Minimize Harm;
● Act Independently; and
● Be Accountable and Transparent.”
“5. Between August 1, 2017 and March 14, 2018, Folkenflik and NPR published multiple online articles and republished those articles to new target audiences via Twitter – articles and tweets in which they made and repeated false and defamatory statements of and concerning Butowsky, including:
AUGUST 1, 2017
“Behind Fox News’ Baseless Seth Rich Story: The Untold Tale”
● Fox News’ May 16, 2017 story, “Seth Rich, slain DNC staffer, had contact with WikiLeaks, say multiple sources”, was “baseless”; ● The Fox News story was a “fake news story” (emphasis in original); ● The Fox News story was a “deceptive story”;
● “Butowsky presented himself as a good Samaritan who came across a sliver of information about Seth Rich’s death and shared it with the Riches”;
● Wheeler did “not make great headway” in his investigation of the murder of Seth Rich.
● “The FBI informs Butowsky, Wheeler and Zimmerman that the agency is not assisting the Washington, D.C., police on the investigation – undercutting claims about an FBI report.”
● “Zimmerman’s online story … cites Wheeler, incorporating two key quotations from Wheeler that do not appear on video. In each, the private investigator seemingly takes ownership of the accusations”; ● “Despite his misgivings, Wheeler plays along” with the fake news promoted by Butowsky and Zimmerman.”
“7. Folkenflik and NPR acted with actual malice and reckless disregard for the truth. Hungry to publish a scandalous story about the President of the United States and Fox and to aid and abet Wigdor’s effort to extort money from Fox, Folkenflik failed to verify the information Wigdor secretly provided before releasing it on NPR.org, to NPR’s radio listeners via Morning Edition, and to millions upon millions via Twitter. In spite of serious doubts as to the veracity of his source, Folkenflik blindly accepted Wigdor’s false statements without ever once questioning Wigdor’s (and his client, Rod Wheeler’s), motive to lie. Folkenflik disregarded known sources of information that flatly contradicted the false narrative peddled by Wigdor. In promoting Wigdor’s story, Folkenflik misrepresented, distorted and oversimplified facts and issues. Folkenflik failed to gather, update and correct information throughout the life of his story, allowing the false narrative to build momentum and take on a life of its own. Folkenflik engaged in baseless stereotyping and allowed his (and Wigdor’s) extreme bias to shape his reporting. Folkenflik published and republished the story in such a way and to such audiences and extremes as to maximize the insult, pain, humiliation and embarrassment to Ed Butowsky in both his personal and professional capacities. Folkenflik pandered to lurid curiosity about the President and fake news about “Russian collusion”, rather than tell the truth.”