John Podesta is Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, and former chief of staff under Bill Clinton’s administrator. Recent e-mail leaks regarding topics of pizza, cheese and walnuts has managed to send some people into a tizzy regarding allegations about a child sex ring.
A series of videos have come out since the original Wikileaks regarding Podesta’s emails, along with various reports either signal boosting them or calling them conspiracy theories.
In one video from former Huffington Post journalist David Seaman, he rationally breaks down some of these reports, why they’re beginning to spread and the terminology that some people are gleaning from the e-mails.
As mentioned in the video, and as evidenced in the Wikileaks e-mails, some of these discussions about particular foods do pop up in somewhat odd conversations.
For instance “Walnut” in sex trafficking terms is supposedly referring to an underage girl. It’s mentioned only a few times in separate e-mail chains by the Podestas, as well as by Eleanor Clift from MSNBC and the Daily Beast.
ATTENTION!!! HERE IS A WAY WE CAN ALL HELP, SEARCH ALL PODESTA EMAILS FOR THESE KEYWORDS THEY ARE CODE! pic.twitter.com/hvwIg4l1Nr
— Jason Coffey (@akjc77) November 3, 2016
According to Wikileaks, she wrote in a letter to John Podesta on April 10th, 2015 with the subject header “plugging in”…
“Hi John, I completely understand why dinner at your home did not include someone like me, who’s a known quantity to Clinton campaign veterans. But I wanted to make an appeal for an early opportunity to get myself and the Daily Beast Political editor, Jackie Kucinich, on your radar so I/we can write and report knowledgeably. There’s a long campaign ahead, and I’d like to establish a line of communications. Is there an assistant I should go through? I look forward to working with you (and maybe getting some of that pasta and walnut sauce dish!!) All best, Eleanor”
This was during a time when a chain of e -mails were being sent out regarding Podesta and his love of walnut sauce. In an e-mail dated April 11th, 2015, Jim Steyer from the Common Sense Media organization for helping kids learn and grow in today’s digital age, he writes…
“We know you’re a true master of cuisine and we have appreciated that for years … But walnut sauce for the pasta? Mary, plz tell us the straight story, was the sauce actually very tasty? Love to all the Podestas from the Steyers! Cheers,”
Podesta responded with the following…
“It’s an amazing Ligurian dish made with crushed walnuts made into a paste. So stop being so California.”
The next message in the chain from Mary Podesta reads…
“Walnut growing northern CA surely knows and celebrates walnut pasta sauce? Actually what surprises me is that we haven’t already served it to you.”
John Podesta finishes off the conversation by saying…
“I’m coming to town the week after next and will bring some walnuts!”
One odd thing that stood out is with the subject. The original message reads “Walnut sauce?” in the subject header, but when John Podesta responds to the messages he adds “Walnut sauce?ing” to the end, which at first glance might make you think it reads “Walnut sauce ring”.
On May 8th, 2015 Tony Podesta e-mailed John asking him once more about “walnut sauce”… this time requesting the recipe…
“Subject: Can you send me walnut sauce recipe”
There are no e-mail responses to this particular message, likely indicating that the conversation moves offline.
The walnut sauce wasn’t the only exchange that stood out to people, however. As pointed out by David Seaman, there’s frequent mentions of pizza parties. This was a featured topic on the Donald Trump sub-Reddit, where people noticed that a place Podesta and others visited, Comet Ping Pong’s pizzeria, had its owner posting odd messages and images on Instagram. Many of the posts were of pedophilia art and frequent pictures of young boys, girls and babies, like the picture below.
The owner of Comet Ping Pong, James Alefantis, quickly scrubbed and protected his social media accounts after people began archiving and looking into his deviant tastes in art. Previously he was associated with David Brock from Correct the Record, and some of the individuals on the Trump sub-Reddit have tied some of his profile themes to old pagan gods.
This came after people began digging into other e-mails talking about pizza parties. In a chain of e-mails dated back in January of 2014, John Podesta, Mary Podesta and Tony Podesta talk about attending a pizza party following John’s hand surgery. Tony mentions that he would love to get “pizza for an hour”after mentioning that he’s not “free”. I’m not sure why they couldn’t just get delivery? But anyway, they work out the logistics of meeting up, except Tony makes a very odd response saying…
“Yes Only wanna see you and mike Berman”
And then John mentions that they should call him when they get back.
It almost seems innocuous enough, except in connection with the walnut e-mails and the video below posted on the Evil Hillary YouTube channel from an event that took place in Washington D.C., at Comic Ping Pong, things take on a decidedly different turn when it comes to the topic of “pizza” and “walnuts”. Warning: the video below may be disturbing for some.
Washington City Paper hand waved all of it away saying that it was all just Trump-oriented conspiracy theories. They don’t actually discuss any of the details and basically say that any mention of pizza in the Podesta e-mail leaks is because politicians like pizza, writing…
“The answer to any reasonable person would be that Podesta eats pizza sometimes. Indeed, Alefantis says, “pizza’s always a big thing in politics.”
However, it’s not just the pizza and walnut e-mails that have some people on edge, it’s also in combination with their connection to an eccentric performance artist and spirit cooker named Marina Abramovic. An article by Mike Cernovich on Danger and Play states that Abramovic is associated with occult activity, given that spirit cooking involves human bodily fluids and bloodletting.
An image from Abramovic about cutting into the left middle finger and letting blood flow became the talk of social media, as it’s part of a ritual of spirit cooking.
This probably all seems completely out in left field, just until – as mentioned in the video above by David Seaman – you realize that John Podesta’s left middle finger was bandaged when the photo that’s the main header image of this article was taken on September 25th, 2015.
— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) September 25, 2015
Most people might think of it as wild coincidence until you realize that Abramovic had invited the Podestas to dinner to partake in spirit cooking, according to the Wikileaks e-mails.
On June 28th, 2015, Marina Abramovic wrote…
“Dear Tony, I am so looking forward to the Spirit Cooking dinner at my place. Do you think you will be able to let me know if your brother is joining?”
Tony forwards the message to John and Mary Podesta asking if they’ll be available in New York City on Thursday, July 9th, 2015. Cernovich linked to a video of the performance art related to spirit cooking, which you can view below.
Various sites with specific political leanings have also hand waved away this information, with Art News interviewing Marina Abramovic, who stated that it was just a “normal dinner” and that they gave things funny names just for the heck of it…
“I’m outraged, because this is taken completely out of my context,” […] “It was just a normal dinner,” […] “It was actually just a normal menu, which I call spirit cooking. There was no blood, no anything else. We just call things funny names, that’s all.”
Apparently only 10 people attended the dinner, and she told Art News that it was all “absolutely outrageous” and “ridiculous”. She later said “We are living in such a strange world,”.
Some people might agree with that last sentiment more than she knows.
Nevertheless, these claims of child sex rings and pedophilia are nothing new. Press Reset Earth received quite a few views lately as some child sex activists have been bringing up Cathy O’Brien, who claimed that she was a victim of the sort of sex rings that people are claiming the Podestas may be involved in. A lot of people have been saying that there are stark similarities between the Comet Ping Pong allegations and the Cathy O’Brien story, where she was kidnapped at a young age and was the victim of abuse.
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