Some may have noticed the hashtag #Pizzagate around the Internet lately and aren’t sure what it’s all about. So, what is #Pizzagate? In the post that follows I will provide a #Pizzagate summary to explain the movement’s origin, outline which of its claims have been confirmed as verifiable facts, and offer a conclusion on whether or not you should be paying closer attention.
(Note: Was #Pizzagate debunked by the New York Times, Snopes, the Washington Post, and other major outlets? Learn more here.)
First off, forgive the length — quite a bit of context and explanation is required to do an explanation of the “#Pizzagate” phenomenon justice. Also, a disclaimer: In addition to being difficult to digest, much of the research into #Pizzagate was originally being conducted by web sleuths who supported Donald Trump for president. I only mention that because those with anti-Trump sentiments seem especially at risk for a knee-jerk rejection of the theories involved. However, keep in consideration that information gleaned by someone with a pro-Trump viewpoint does not necessarily invailidate the significance of the facts and connections uncovered. Forget their voting habits and other assumptions you may have about them for a moment, and just consider the following with an open mind so you’re equipped to judge it on its own merits. The work of the researchers reflects a recognition that similar scandals have happened on both sides of the political aisle, and are completely bipartisan.
Now, some necessary background.
As you likely know, Wikileaks published emails that were hacked from Hillary Clinton’s private email server, along with a huge series of email dumps from her campaign chairman John Podesta’s account. Podesta isn’t just a Clinton campaign chairman, he’s a long-time political operative rated as one of Washington’s most influential people.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of the contents from emails associated with the two leaks are mundane. But web sleuths on Reddit and 4Chan, two discussion board websites, found something strange buried within the email dumps: nonsensical references to pizza.
For a bit of context, Reddit is more “mainstream,” so to speak, while 4Chan is rather infamous for its reputation for being a stronghold for, among other things, the sharing of depraved and illegal content
Further digging into the emails found similarly strange references to pasta, along with some other words peppered strangely into nonsensical sentence constructions. Regardless of what they actually mean, the explanation that makes the most logical sense to many who have read the messages is this: they’re speaking in code. About what, we can’t be certain. But read the messages in question below to see for yourself:
In perhaps the strangest of the emails suspected of containing codewords, Podesta and another party are discussing a “handkerchief” he left at a house rented for a private event of some kind:
Re: Did you leave a handkerchief
> > > > Susaner > > > >
*Sent:* Tuesday, September 02, 2014 10:04 AM >
*To:* Sandler, Susan > *Cc:* Sandler, Herbert >
From: Robin Blackburn [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2007 9:42 AM
To: Chris Douglas
Subject: Re: headcount for pizza
we’re out here editing? ‘Cos if so, count me in.This e-mail is color-coded in black and white and will combust in 30 seconds.
Chris Douglas wrote:
> Who all is in the Austin office today who is going to want pizza? We
> only have one slice and we need to know how thinly to slice it…
> Simply send a single response, filed, color-coded, double-sided and
> appropriately labeled, signed in triplicate and set on fire.
A Code for What?
Remember how I mentioned 4Chan having a blemish on its history for being a platform where illegal depravity was being shared? Well, according to longtime 4Channers, the strangely-worded messages were chock full of very well-established early Internet and “Deep Web” codewords for child porn, pedophilia, and BDSM. Here’s how they break it down:
Handkerchief — BDSM code, different colors have different meanings but black indicates sadomasochism in some circles (variable depending on community)
Pillows — Drugs (variable)
Cheese Pizza — Child pornography
Cheese — Child
Pasta — Boy
Hot Dog — Boy
Dominos — BDSM domination
Chicken — Young boy
For one example, here’s a screengrab of an advert on the deep web from someone selling child pornography as “Cheese Pizza”:
So the idea that Podesta is part of a powerful crew of global-level pedophiles, and that they’re discussing it in their emails, is utterly outrageous — right? It may seem so at first glance, but the more you dig, the more the utterly bizarre connections and coincidences pile up. Bare with us, as some news outelts are already accusing “alt-right conspiracy theorists” and “white nationalists” (an absurd claim, unprovable on either side, and also an easy way to deflect attackers without addressing their claims directly) for #Pizzagate making something out of nothing.But a measured study of what has been discovered provides more than enough for any objective observer to at least raise an eyebrow.
Fwd: Dupuytren’s Advance Info for John Podesta
Re: Farmers L Update and Welcome Mat
Who Is Laura Silsby?
So the question is, just how many coincidences of this nature would have to be uncovered before those in question would qualify for further scrutiny? And the Haiti mysteries are just one element of this strange puzzle.
The Most Influential Pizza Joint Owner of All Time
Creepy Instagrams & Disturbing Artwork
And then the following oddity, showing what appears to be a trio of adolescents, one female and two male, kneeling in esoteric garb and masks. Ignore the last commenter, who is a troll who took it upon themselves to post accusatory messages in response to the #Pizzagate allegations:
The next post is a close-up of a baby, with Alefantis commenting “#hotard,” a slang term meaning a girl, or “ho,” who is mentally disabled and slutty. Given the fact that the image shows an infant, at best, this seems extremely inappropriate. While some might not consider UrbanDictionary.com to be an authoritative source, their site has been cited successfully in multiple U.S. court cases to define slang terms.
Numerous other posts contain inexplicable references to children and explicit sex.
When speaking to the BBC recently about the theories that Comet Ping Pong’s basement is somehow implicated in child trafficking, Alefantis told the reporter that Pizzagate researchers have been unable to get basic facts straight, as Comet Ping Pong has no basement. However, this directly contradicts a claim he made when interviewed for a 2015 article by Metro Weekly, in which he says Comet Ping Pong does indeed have a basement, used to store supplies. This would be normal for a restaurant, but what is abnormal is his self-contradiction about a basic feature of his own eatery:
Lastly, Alefantis displayed a curious choice for his Instagram profile picture given the other content he had been sharing: an image of the Bust of Antinous, from the Prado Museum in Madrid:
So just who was Antinous? He was the teenage lover of Hadrian, a Roman emperor, thought to be between 13-18 during his time as a sexual partner and servant to the emperor. Pederasty is known to historians to have been accepted and very common in ancient Rome, and the Wikipedia page for Antinous refers to historian and author Royston Lambert’s claim that sculptures of him represent one of the ancient world’s “most elevated and ideal monuments to pederastic love.” He is also assoicated with cult worship of Osiris; the Egyptian god of death, the underworld, renewal, and other concepts involving death and rebirth. Furthermore, some historians believe Antinous died as part of a ritual human sacrifice, though this is not known for certain.
Why did Alefantis carry enough interest in this favored boy-lover of an ancient Roman emperor to use him as his Instagram profile picture? Is he merely a fan of the art, and if so, what about the busts of Antinous interested him over many other extremely aesthetically-similar sculptures from the era?
Pedophile Symbols and “Artistic” References
Next door to Comet Ping Pong is another pizza joint called Besta Pizza. And the Besta Pizza logo, which was quietly changed after the research began, is extremely similar to known symbols used in underground pedophilia communities. See the FBI’s listing of pedophile symbols on the left, from an unclassified FBI document. On the right are both Besta Pizza logos, including the new version that appeared after the #Pizzagate research began:
At Comet Ping Pong, researchers noted similarities with symbols on the menu as well (although this reporter found the Comet Ping Pong logo’s resemblance far less compelling):
However, in a decidedly creepy artistic performance at Comet Ping Pong, an audience member can be seen with a ring with a strong resemblance to the “Little Boy Lover” symbol:
So what was the creepy artistic performance in the video? We’re not sure what the meaning of it was, but references to pedophilia have been uncovered in Comet Ping Pong’s musical regulars’ acts. Sex references are no rarity in music these days, but most would agree that pedophilia references takes it to an entirely different level. And with names like “Sex Stains” and “Heavy Breathing,” Comet Ping Pong clearly carries an odd affinity for featuring artistic performers that favor dark and disturbing themes, especially for a kid-friendly pizza and ping pong joint. In an official music video for Sex Stains, a prominently-displayed symbol closely resembles the pedohpilia symbol for “Boy Lover:”
One song by Heavy Breathing, the lead singer of which calls herself “Majestic Ape,” even includes lyrics referencing orphans:
“My recurring role is puppet in the broadway smash Orphans in Assholes.”
(Note: Heavy Breathing has responded to the #Pizzagate investigation here.)
Indeed, orphans are a common target for sex traffickers, and are a focus of much of the work being done by the Clinton Foundation in the third world. Does the above qualify as proof? Far from it. But as the coincidences pile up, one must wonder if there is at least some aspect of truth to the allegations.
The following video of a performance at Comet Ping Pong isn’t very good, but it’s hard to find any others, as many videos have been set to “private” after the investigation began. Third-party uploaders have almost universally had their own versions removed and their accounts shut down soon after uploading. It shows “Majestic Ape” doing some kind of monologue. As part of the monologue, she says “Jerry is known to hang out down here. He likes (inaudible), tamales–”
After which point an audience member yells out, “And little boys!”
And another says, “And children!”
Majestic Ape replies, “I think that was his manager.”
Audience member: “Noo.”
Majestic Ape: (Laughs) “We all have preferences!” (Laughs)
It isn’t clear who “Jerry” is from the video. But a more complete version, without the commentary, can be found below. This one shows some of the strange art on the walls of Comet Ping Pong, which depicts adults with their hands around the throat of a female child, and have since been scrubbed off:
We previously reported that Comet Ping Pong had a seemingly suspicious “protected” area of its website with an array of password-protected zip files, as shown below:
However, one of the researchers has debunked the claim that this is suspicious, as can be seen in this discussion. This development shows that confirmation bias has not taken over the research — participants are narrowing down aspects that are do seem geniuinely suspicious or remarkable by discovering that some of the discoveries, after all, are not. In other words, they are fact-checking themselves as they learn and uncover more.
Onto more pedophilia symbols. Just down the street from Comet Ping Pong is a bistro and art gallery where researchers found pedophile symbols as well, along with boastful associations with Hillary Clinton:
Next door to Terasol are offices for Beyond Borders, a charity funded by the Clinton Foundation focusing on ending child exploitation in Haiti — the same country where Hillary Clinton inexplicably swept in to get accused child trafficker Laura Silsby off the hook.
The Epstein Connection
Now to discuss another known pedophile with major Clinton connections: Jeffrey Epstein. According to Epstein himself, he was a co-founder of the Clinton Foundation. Epstein was accused not only of having underage sex slaves, but of being part of an extensive underage sex slave ring, and was convicted of sex crimes involving minors (albeit with the most severe charges dropped, and extremely minor legal consequences as a result). The court case revealed accusers who claimed they were forced to have sex with everyone from politicans and businessmen to royalty and academics.
Court papers also claim Epstein’s mansion is outfitted with hidden cameras in order to capture people of power engaging in sex with minors for purposes of blackmail, and his “little black book” seized by authorities contains big-wig names from Tony Blair and Prince Andrew to Michael Bloomberg and even Hollywood star Dustin Hoffman. A highly secretive investor, the precise source of Epstein’s vast riches is a mystery.
Bill and Hillary Clinton have taken trips on board Epstein’s private plane, dubbed by the press as the “Lolita Express,” at different times — both to Epstein’s private island and to other locations around the world. In a rare rebuke to the 24/7 security provided to former presidents, Bill Clinton had the Secret Service stay behind for each of these forays. In addition, thanks to a whistleblower, we know that Epstein sent Bill Clinton $3.5 million from a Swiss bank account. For what, one can only imagine.
(Note: Donald Trump has a documented relationship with Epstein as well, lasting up until Epstein’s legal trouble, with one confirmed ride on one of Epstein’s private jets. He is not documented to have visited any of Epstein’s private islands. Bill Clinton claimed to have disavowed Epstein after the legal trouble, but the $3.5 million bank transfer occurred after Epstein’s conviction.)
Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of notorious news tycoon Robert Maxwell, is alleged to have been Epstein’s central “Madam,” obtaining underage girls for him and his cohorts to abuse. She is also alleged by one of the teenaged victims to have taken photographs of underaged girls, which were posted around Epstein’s property. The court case painted her as Epstein’s “right hand woman,” central to Epstein’s alleged pedophilia sex ring. Here she is pictured at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding:
Another frequent flier on the “Lolita Express” is a mysterious young socialite girl named Rachel Chandler. Here she is pictured with Bill Clinton as a teenager:
Chandler’s Tumblr account uses CSS to hide what other accounts were sharing her content and vice-versa, but since this trick doesn’t work on mobile phones, #Pizzagate researchers were able to find other accounts that frequently share her content. These accounts are consistently macabre. They’re filled with images of BDSM, injuries associated with sadistic sex practices, prescription drugs, images of children in severe distress and/or states of injury, weapons, sexual imagery, and occult symbols.
It also contains many images of children recieving dental work, which is beyond bizarre — but seems to somehow connect to Epstein, whose Florida mansion was found to contain not only child’s toys and explicit images of children, but fully functioning professional-grade dental chairs and equipment during a police raid.
A few examples (out of many dozens) of strange images Rachel and her network of sharers have posted, with images of children modified for privacy (Warning: disturbing):
Someone Fights Back
I’ve mentioned a few cases above where Comet Ping Pong-related YouTube and Instagram accounts were set to private, and Reddit threads relating to the investigation were aggressively scrubbed. In addition, people associated with Comet Ping Pong began removing references to their employment there in their LinkedIn profiles.
Perhaps most interstingly, however, a DDoS (Distributed denial-of-service) attack was launched on 4Chan immediately after the Alefantis Instagram account led researchers to a guy name Arun Rao. DDoS attacks prevent users from accessing websites by overwhelming the servers. #Pizzagate researchers found he was “liking” all of the posts that featured young children, so they looked at his Instagram as well.
As soon as 4Chan users began investigating Rao, 4Chan.org began displaying all the signs of a website under DDoS attack. The likelihood of such an attack being unrelated to developments in the investigation is close to zero. So who is fighting back, and what are they trying to bury? Other than being an attorney with the Department of Justice — sometimes involved in prosecuting child pornography cases — there isn’t much to be found on him. Predictably, his Instagram has since been set to private as well. Given the DDoS attacks’ timing with the discovery of his Instagram, he may be worth investigating further.
Is interference with the #Pizzagate research evidence that there’s something to the claims? It’s worth mentioning that if the evidence was not truly incriminating, leaving it up would only discredit the investigators by revealing them as paranoid, tinfoil hat-wearing loons, and that scrubbing evidence (as has happened) would only increase suspicion. However, it is feasible that even an innocent party would scrub the supposed evidence to minimize inevitable abuse and threats from trolls drawing their own conclusions from the research.
But the DDoS attacks indicate bona fide attempts to shut down the research, indicating there really is something contained there to hide. Add in threads being deleted or archived overnight, social media accounts being shut down or set to private, videos being deleted from Youtube, LinkedIn pages being scrubbed or modified, and logos being changed in ways that seem to directly correspond to progress with the research, and one can only conclude that taken together, these all seem incredibly unlikely to be the result of innocent parties hiding from an unfair Internet witch hunt.
The Clintons and Podestas have quite the number of pedophilia-connected people in their close network. I have one – a now-deceased scoutmaster from childhood who was discovered to have been raping boys. As an adult, I am aware of no one else involved in pedophilia or occult practices. I assume that goes for most readers of this as well. Double the size of my network, and I suspect that the number would still be extremely low. Somehow, the Clintons have managed an extensive network of extremely close associates linked to or even convicted of pedophilia, sex slavery, occult practices, or all three.
(Side note: if there is truth to any of the theories, it would be safe to say the issue is not exclusive to the Democrats, who the research is not targeting in particular. It just happens to have been sparked by emails involving Clinton camp. See Dennis Hastert and the Franklin Scandal for a sampling of accusations on the Republican side.)
You often hear the argument that secrets involving this many people would be impossible to hide. If the allegations are even 50% true, however, sustaining total secrecy is actually quite plausible given that the outlandish, almost cliché nature of the allegations makes them difficult to believe even in the presence of compelling evidence. Also, more importantly, the players involved would have the ability to use blackmail to swiftly destroy anyone who stepped out of line. This point is supported by reports that Jeffrey Epstein had hidden cameras in his home meant for exactly this purpose.
But perhaps most important is this: So far I’ve only recounted a chunk of the #Pizzagate connections and coincidences involving pedophilia and child trafficking; you’ll find if you check out the research for yourself that vastly more have been discovered than what has been summarized here. Even if the coincidences are this utterly bizarre, or hard to definitively connect, when the sheer number of them defies statistical probability, we have an obligation to at least dig a little deeper to see if clearer conclusions can be gleaned — especially when there are children involved. Cases have been tried on circumstantial evidence before, as long as there was enough of it and it was deemed strong enough.
Has enough been discovered to draw a definitive, fully objective conclusion? To be called “proof”? Absolutely not. But for moment, imagine discovering that a co-worker or a mutual friend had a similarly vast web of unlikely coincidences connecting them, even vaguely, with pedophilia or child trafficking. Would you talk to someone? Would you feel mildly concerned for children they come in contact with, and perhaps watch that person more carefully around them? My guess is that you would, and even though a concrete conclusion can’t be made, I think the same attitude of careful suspicion and ongoing investigation is well-warranted in the case of #Pizzagate.
If the old adage holds true that “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” there seems to be a whole lot of smoke here. A smoke cloud so thick, in fact, that the discovery of fire doesn’t feel too far off.
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As an additional note, we have labored to only include verified information in this piece. Many summaries on blogs, YouTube, and elsewhere contain mistakes, such as a popular claim that artist and ritual abuse survivor Kim Noble did the art in Comet Ping Pong’s posters and on their walls when, in fact, her art is merely stylistically similar. Some mistakes are inevitable, as even major news outlets make them routinely, but if they are pointed out, we will endeavor to fix them so that misinformation is not included in this summary).