A FORMER US Navy SEAL invited on TV to talk about military dogs surprised his hosts by blurting out “Epstein didn’t kill himself”.
Mike Ritland was on “Watters’ World” Saturday to discuss the heroism of dogs like Conan, the Belgian Malinois wounded as he helped take down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
At the end of his segment, Ritland asked if he could make an announcement discouraging people from rushing out to adopt the military-used dogs — then sneaked in at the end, “And Epstein didn’t kill himself.”
“Alright,” host Jesse Waters initially replied, quickly breaking into laughter as it appeared to sink in what the former SEAL had said.
“OK. Thank you for that commentary. Maybe more on that later,” he smiled as the segment ended.
Jeffrey Epstein’s death in a Manhattan jail in August,while the 66-year-old was awaiting trial for child sex trafficking, has sparked conspiracy theories.
They were fuelled after it emerged that prison guards did not check on his cell as they should have done and security cameras failed to work.
“I think that the evidence points toward homicide rather than suicide,” said Baden, who monitored the autopsy on behalf of Epstein’s brother, on Fox News.
However, the city’s chief medical examiner, Dr Barbara Sampson, dismissed his claims later the same day.
“Our investigation concluded that the cause of Mr. Epstein’s death was hanging and the manner of death was suicide. We stand by the determination,” she said.
On Friday New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in saying he believes "something doesn’t fit” about Epstein’s death.
"It just doesn’t make sense that the highest profile prisoner in America, you know, someone forgot to guard him,” he said.
"I want to understand, I think everyone wants to understand what really happened. I don’t know what the nature of the death was.
"I just know it should never have happened, and we still don’t have good answers."
Ritland, who served in Iraq, is the founder of The Warrior Dog Foundation which was set up “with the sole purpose of giving back to the Special Operations K-9 Community”.
A version of this story appeared in the New York Post.
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