Friend Insists Death Of Republican Operative Behind WSJ Collusion "Bombshell" Wasn't A Suicide

Yesterday we reported how the death of Peter Smith, a longtime Republican operative and financier, had been ruled a suicide. Smith was the primary source for a bizarre WSJ story that tried to link National Security Adviser Mike Flynn with a group of individuals organized by Smith who bargained with a Russian hacker group for copies of what were purportedly Hillary Clinton’s missing 30,000 emails.

Smith died on May 14 – 10 days after he was interviewed by WSJ for the piece. Though a reporter initially described his death as stemming from natural causes, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday that it had been, in fact, a suicide, citing local police records that describe the manner of death – asphyxiation due to helium poisoning – and an alleged suicide note that cited his recent ill health and the coming expiry of a life insurance policy as Smith’s reasons for taking his own life.

But before that narrative could catch hold, a longtime associate of Smith who may have been the last person to speak with him has come forward, telling the Daily Caller that he doesn’t believe the police’s suicide ruling…and neither should you.

Charles Ortel, a Wall Street investment banker and market analyst, told the DC that there were no indications the Chicago businessman and anti-Clinton political investigator was about to take his life when the two spoke on the phone the day before his death.

He may have been a fantastic actor but I certainly didn’t leave that phone call saying, ‘oh shit, the guy’s at the end of his rope,’” Charles Ortel, a Wall Street investment banker and market analyst, told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s (TheDCNF) Investigative Group.


“This does not seem like a settled story. It made perfect sense to me he might have died of natural causes, but little chance he would have killed himself,” Smith said.

Ortel and Smith had a common interest in the Clintons. Ortel has dug deeply into the financial operations of the Clinton Foundation. He first came to public attention in 2007 by exposing questionable accounting practices at General Electric, according to the DC.

And Smith reportedly had a hand in exposing then Gov. Bill Clinton’s “Troopergate” scandal, where the future president used state troopers to guard him while he was having sex with various women who were not his wife.

Ortel said in his last phone call to him, Smith seemed to be upbeat and very interested in future projects.

Initially, Ortel assumed Smith died of natural causes, but after reading the police report, which included a description of a jerry-rigged suffocation device that’s widely used by terminally ill patients who opt to take their own lives, he’s not so sure.

“There are lots of older guys like him who still ‘have it ‘and they’re still smart.  They like projects. They like the intellectual stimulation. He was very interested and pleased with his work,” Ortel said.

Ortel also said the description of the suicide note – with its all-caps type – was out of character for Smith, and that, out of all the emails they’d sent to each other, he couldn’t remember a single example of Smith typing in all caps.

Ortel also was suspicious about the note Smith allegedly left behind, written in all caps, stating “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER.”

He also noted that many life insurance policies typically exclude payments to beneficiaries in the case of suicide.

He wrote that he was taking his own life because of a “RECENT BAD TURN IN HEALTH SINCE JANUARY, 2017” and that his timing was related “TO LIFE INSURANCE OF $5 MILLION EXPIRING.”

Assuming, for a moment, Smith’s death was the result of foul play: what’s the explanation? Could it have been a politically motivated attack? In the original WSJ story, Smith said he’d received a cache of documents purporting to be the missing 30,000 emails that Clinton withheld from the FBI and State Department, but withheld them because he had doubts about their veracity. Maybe Smith was in possession of the legitimate emails, but lied about turning them over to Wikileaks. What if the Democrats were somehow warned about what Smith had in his possession, or at least what he believed he might have had. Is another "Seth Rich" scenario emerging?


nmewn Four chan Sat, 07/15/2017 - 20:01 Permalink

"You see Cato, zeee ting to do when commiting zeee suicide as a means to defraud an insurawnce companeee of five million dollaraz, is to have a passage in zeee suicide note telling yours truly of zeee intent to defraud zeee insurawnce companeee of zeee five million dollaraz!" - Inspector Clouseau ;-) 

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beemasters nmewn Sat, 07/15/2017 - 20:31 Permalink

"Ortel also was suspicious about the note Smith allegedly left behind, written in all caps, stating 'NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER.'"

He didn't think of live streaming it to prove 'NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER'? And Caps are supposed to be more effective?

Sloppy assassination. Clinton-Podesta related-death list is still growing.

Haitian Government Official And Critic Of Clinton Foundation Found SUICIDED Days Before Testifying
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Post-Truth Society EuroPox Sat, 07/15/2017 - 22:24 Permalink

TRUMP is very likely behind this and Seth Rich.  He is desperately trying to cover up not only his dealings with Russia but also his nascent Muslim-Jewish coalition perparing for the end game.  Yes, that's right kids: Trump is a filthy Muslim, and the Anti-Christ.  Together with his Jew daughter Ivanka and Kushner (666 Fifth Avenue), he will unite the forces of darkness against Christianity for the final battle.  Why was his first visit to Saudi Arabia, and then ISRAEL ??????  Think about it. 

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swmnguy Son of Loki Sun, 07/16/2017 - 09:05 Permalink

You can get a 5# bottle of helium any place party supplies are sold. Smith was in Rochester, MN., at a hotel used almost exclusively by outpatients and family receiving care at the Mayo Clinic.The technique he used is widely discussed in the community of people with terminal illnesses looking to control the manner of their imminent demise. The most-likely explanation is that he got some very bad news at Mayo and made a decision most of us would support. They see that fairly frequently in Rochester.His doctor can't comment for ethical reasons, without some sort of release from family, who no doubt have more important concerns right now.  Nobody in Rochester cares about those emails or a political trickster.  They get those people all the time.  They clear out whole hotels to accommodate Saudi royalty, and have an airport that can serve huge planes, in a town otherwise far too small for commercial air service.Occam's razor is your friend.  But feel free to Alex Jones it if you prefer. If the family asks people to stop, though, it's only polite to respect the request.

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junction takeaction Sat, 07/15/2017 - 19:39 Permalink

The big story is how all the reporters missed this story until the Chicago Tribune reporter broke the ice.  What we have are fake reporters, reporters and editors who are so scared of doing anything that reveals that there are death squads in the United States, almost certainly on government payrolls, who are murdering with impunity Americans who know too much.  Not just about the Clintons, but about 9/11 and about bankster criminality, to name three areas where the police and reporters have pretty much done nothing except repeat lies they are fed about government false flag and murder operations.

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GUS100CORRINA junction Sat, 07/15/2017 - 20:37 Permalink

Friend Insists Death Of Republican Operative Behind WSJ Collusion "Bombshell" Wasn't A SuicideMy response: America is a very sick nation with many CORRUPT high ranking officials.TRUTH is TREASON in an EMPIRE of LIES.The penalty for TREASON is DEATH!!!! We saw high ranking scared people murder SETH RICH and now we are seeing it again.Where is LADY JUSTICE in AMERICA or is she DEAD?

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Son of Loki GUS100CORRINA Sat, 07/15/2017 - 20:48 Permalink

Bottom line: always cc and watch your back. Always lock the bathroom door when taking a bath and never bring any electical devices with you into the bathroom.Keep reminding your friends on a dialy basis that you are happy as a lark and have everything to live for.That way, when they find you hog tied and beaten with a lead pipe and a plastc bag tied over your head, it will be more difficult for the left wing media to call it a suicide.

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Gardentoolnumber5 GUS100CORRINA Sat, 07/15/2017 - 21:45 Permalink

It was crazy watching Sen. Schumer, obviously afraid, state on camera, "The Intel community has six ways from Sunday to get back at you." Not one question from those interviewing Schumer questioning whether or not he and other elected officials were afraid and intimidated by our intelligence agencies. And, if they are afraid and intimidated, as is obvious by his statement, how can the citizens  believe our elected officials are acting in the interests of the US and not in the interests of the actors doing the intimidation? Then the question arises, who's interest are the Intel agencies acting if contrary to our Reps that would make them afraid to speak out regarding the Intel agencies?

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SybilDefense california chrome Sun, 07/16/2017 - 08:54 Permalink

Rated S for Satire.  Don't post that crap on here.  There are enough logs on the lie fire that we don't need to add extra.  I try to read ZH for honest news.  If I wanted to be misled I would read CNN (?).  At least they believe what they lie about. In today's world an honest lie is about the best we can hope for.  Save your pot stiring for your next gathering, unless the plan is ready for us the break "the resistance".  If that's the case, where do I buy my official " the revolt" T shirt (comes with a free box of shells in the caliber of your choice and a pink vagina beanie to hand out to your targets).Click bait like that gets me too excited that finally justice will be served and the swamp drain has finally opened.

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SybilDefense takeaction Sun, 07/16/2017 - 08:32 Permalink

Another Clinton "get Rich!" attack.  I'm sure we will never see "terms" of his life insurance policy, the interview of his beneficiaries the day before saying he didn't even pat the dog the day before his alleged self afflicted final goodbye, or his healthcare records.  Those will all be blocked due to some hidden bill Obama passed forbidding the release of any records stuck on line 28, page 4,763 of a 10,0000 sneak-pass bill (like how he made it legal to use propaganda against Americans)'

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red1chief Sat, 07/15/2017 - 19:53 Permalink

My comment in the yesterday story when more people thought suicide, regarding the Clintons: "They are getting less arrogant. Instead of a wild death to show off their prowess, we have a long MSM article that to the simple mind is actually convincing".   More relevant today...

buffed Youri Carma Sun, 07/16/2017 - 00:46 Permalink

Thanks for posting the WND death list, it was fascinating.  I can't believe the Parks hit hasn't been an ongoing subject since it was so blatantly done in front of witnesses.  Also, I was hoping the article would go more into the deaths surrounding their alleged involvement in CIA drug running through Mena.  They mentioned the two Mena boys in one of the other's stories but never gave their deaths a separate listing.  Also, wasn't Barry Seale connected with the Mena operation as well as Gary Webb investigating it?

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shinobi-7 Sat, 07/15/2017 - 20:35 Permalink

“NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER.” Isn't it enough? The great thing about all this is that beyond the conspiracy theorists (doesn't this last word need a "R" somewhere?) no-one will investigate. Yes suspicion will remain but it is a lesser evil. By making the lies and the crimes big enough, you insure that people cannot be rooted out without destabilizing the whole system. So be it, then.