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This Is Why A Conspiracy Theory About The Clintons Has Gone Viral In China

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WikiLeaks and Russian state media have heavily pushed a conspiracy theory about the Clintons’ role in the death of a DNC employee, one that a Chinese government account not only has bought into but embellished further.

WikiLeaks and Russian state media have heavily pushed a conspiracy theory about the Clintons' role in the death of a DNC employee, one that a Chinese government account not only has bought into but embellished further.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange last week suggested the possibility that Seth Rich, a DNC staffer working on voter outreach who was shot and killed in DC weeks ahead of the Democratic National Convention, was an informant for WikiLeaks. Conspiracy sites suggested Rich was involved in the leak of DNC emails and files, although US intelligence officials linked the leak to a likely Russian hack. (Rich’s parents have called upon the press to stop politicizing their son’s death, according to Business Insider.)

The Communist Youth League, the Chinese Communist Party’s youth wing, told its 4 million followers on Weibo Saturday, “The sources of the Hillary leaked emails were murdered, one after another? This is the truth of Western democracy!”

The Communist Youth League, the Chinese Communist Party's youth wing, told its 4 million followers on Weibo Saturday, "The sources of the Hillary leaked emails were murdered, one after another? This is the truth of Western democracy!"

The post didn’t provide details about how the league supposedly confirmed that Rich’s death was politically motivated. Instead, it claimed that businesses and other capitalists control the media and politics in Western countries, using as proof an article first published by the Liaowang Institution, a think tank affiliated with the country’s state-run Xinhua News.

Among the more than 3,000 comments the post received, most people bought the theory completely.

Among the more than 3,000 comments the post received, most people bought the theory completely.

“The killing has started before [Clinton] becomes president, what will happen afterwards? Horrifying,” commented one user.

Some expressed relief that they live in a safer society.

Some expressed relief that they live in a safer society.

“Horrible, it’s so great to live in China,” another commented.

And those few who dared to challenge the theory in the comments triggered a firm response.

And those few who dared to challenge the theory in the comments triggered a firm response.

“‘Hillary incident’ was originally exposed in the US, don’t tell me you don’t know. Facts are facts, believe it or not,” another user said, referring to the DNC hack.

Zhang Daxi, a Weibo user verified as “public opinion usher” (people who are hired by the government to write comments supportive of the government and its policies), wrote, “Baby is scared! Five bizarre deaths of anti-Hillary people in six weeks, the whistle-blowers of the Hillary email leak gate were assassinated one after another, the horror of US politics is beyond your imagination.”

Zhang Daxi, a Weibo user verified as "public opinion usher" (people who are hired by the government to write comments supportive of the government and its policies), wrote, "Baby is scared! Five bizarre deaths of anti-Hillary people in six weeks, the whistle-blowers of the Hillary email leak gate were assassinated one after another, the horror of US politics is beyond your imagination."

(“Baby” is slang that the Chinese-speaking world uses to refer to oneself.)

If you didn’t catch it the first time, you must be confused by this point: five bizarre deaths? Murders one after another? What? Qué? なに? 啥?

If you didn't catch it the first time, you must be confused by this point: five bizarre deaths? Murders one after another? What? Qué? なに? 啥?

tl;dr: A meme is circulating around the US that points to the ~suspicious~ deaths of people around the Clintons, including several debunked conspiracy theories.

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