WASHINGTON | Conservative author retracts article about slain DNC staffer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative author and conspiracy theorist entangled in the special counsel’s Russia investigation has retracted an article he wrote last year that made false allegations about a Democratic National Committee staffer who was killed in 2016.

Jerome Corsi said on his website Monday that he had retracted an article falsely alleging that Seth Rich and his brother were involved in downloading and leaking DNC emails to the website WikiLeaks.

The article was published last May by InfoWars.

Corsi acknowledges that he did not have “independent factual knowledge” for the allegation and had instead relied on another article that was published in The Washington Times and that has since also been retracted.

Rich was killed in July 2016 in what Washington police believe was a random robbery attempt.

By Associated Press