There were three main phases in the development of Pizzagate, each involving distinct (yet interlinked) entities on social media.
Phase I (early July to late October 2016): Hints of “something big” involving Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and child trafficking show up on 4chan, the YouTube channels of pseudo-Anonymous groups, and other lesser-known online forums. At this point we’re dealing with Pedo Democrats.
Phase II (October 28 to November 2, 2016): Nebulous rumours about the Anthony Weiner emails begin to circulate. They will supposedly reveal the Clintons’ participation in Jeffrey Epstein’s rumoured island orgies, Hillary Clinton’s involvement in child trafficking, etc. Now the clickbait “news” sites get on board, cranking out hoax headlines about NYPD and FBI investigations. Marginal alt-right Twitter users and Facebook patriots also get involved. Now we’re dealing with Gay Pedo Democrats.
Phase III (November 3, 2016 to the present): The Pizzagate phase, spawned by the release of a fresh batch of the hacked Podesta emails, erupts. Now Wikileaks, popular alt-right Twitter users and alt media outlets like the Drudge Report are fully engaged. Reddit and Facebook users resolve to solve the crimes on their own. Suddenly, we’re dealing with Satanic Gay Pedo Cannibal Democrats.
What you’ll see below clearly shows that Pizzagate was a media hoax, a manufactured October surprise, a desperate bid by Trump supporters to prop up a candidate that appeared to be losing.
After the votes were counted, however, Pizzagate became something quite different. It took on the countours of a real moral panic. It took root in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans. It allowed the sketchy 4chan user now known as Q to gain traction and spark a global movement that has given us murders, divided familes and an attempted coup.
The Pizzagate timelines published by BuzzFeed and Rolling Stone are highly informative, but due to time and space constraints, neither could reveal the full evolution of the hypothesis – the lesser-known videos and online exchanges that paved the way for Pizzagate like John the Baptist getting everybody psyched to meet his cousin. So I’ve compiled a more detailed timeline. If you want just the meat and potatoes, skip ahead to November 3-4, 2016.
2009: A Jane Doe now known to be Virginia Roberts Giuffre files a lawsuit against the incarcerated Jeffrey Epstein, alleging that he treated her as a “sex slave” from 1999 to 2002, when she was 15-18 years old. Roberts was allegedly recruited from Mar-a-Lago, where she worked as a change room attendant, by one of Epstein’s female procurers.
Much later, in 2015, Roberts names Epstein’s friends Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew as other abusers (later withdrawing all accusations against Dershowitz). She also names Bill Clinton and Donald Trump as two of the prominent people who socialized with Epstein on his island estate, but is very clear that neither of these men engaged in any criminal or sexual activity while she was around.
This is significant, because Mrs. Giuffre will be a party to several lawsuits against people connected to Epstein.
July 20, 2010: Jeffrey Epstein is released from prison, having served 13 months of an 18-month sentence for soliciting an underage prostitute in Florida. He was accused by several women of procuring them for “massages” when they were as young as 14, though there is some evidence that Epstein instructed his female procurers to make sure they selected girls over 18 (see James Patterson’s Filthy Rich).
April 12, 2015: Via YouTube, Hillary Clinton announces her 2016 presidential campaign.
June 16, 2015: At Trump Tower in New York, Trump announces his 2016 presidential campaign.
January 29, 2016: Vice publishes a story on Epstein’s close associations with Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. The article cites rumours that Bill Clinton was a guest on Epstein’s private “orgy” island and speculates that Trump wouldn’t dare exploit Clinton’s connection to Epstein for political gain because he, too, was chummy with Epstein, whose Florida home is only a few miles away from Mar-a-Lago.
In 2002, when Epstein was just a mysterious financier and not a suspected sexual predator, Trump freely admitted to knowing him for 15 years and admiring him greatly. He even revealed that they shared a taste for beautiful women, adding “many of them are on the younger side.” But by 2007, Trump had cut all ties to Epstein and even barred him from Mar-a-Lago.
VICE turns out to be correct: Neither Trump nor Clinton will personally use Epstein as a blunt instrument during their campaigns. However, they will not discourage their supporters from doing so. Trump and others will repeatedly accuse Hillary Clinton of some sort of complicity in her husband’s alleged sexual abuse of various women. For example, Juanita Broaddrick said that after Bill Clinton raped her, she attended one of his political events and Hillary shook her hand and thanked her for her support in a way she interpreted as a veiled threat to keep her mouth shut.
This conflation of a person’s alleged behaviour with the behaviour of his/her spouse is ridiculously common in political discourse, and Trump will capitalize on allegations about Hillary Clinton’s husband throughout his campaign.
January – late October, 2016: There are few online allegations of Hillary Clinton being involved with human trafficking of any sort, much less Satanic Gay Pedo Cannibal Democrat trafficking. If anything, she is criticized for keeping vulnerable and desperate children out of the United States (see Karen Attiah’s scathing piece in the Washington Post for one example) and for defining sex trafficking so broadly as to include sex workers.
April 26, 2016: A federal lawsuit is filed in U.S. District Court in Riverdale, California. Katie Johnson v. Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein accuses Trump and Epstein of rape and other sexual assaults during the summer of 1994, when Johnson was 13 years old. Johnson is seeking $100 million in damages from the two men for violating her Civil Rights and “making her their sex slave.” The name “Katie Johnson” is a pseudonym.
The case draws almost zero attention. It is covered mostly by tabloids (the Daily Mail, the Sunday Express, the NY Daily News) and low-profile news sites (RADAR online, Winning Democrats, AntiMedia.org).
April 28, 2016: Trump’s corporate attorney, Alan Garten, issues a denial of the “Katie Johnson” allegations, but adds the extremely bizarre comment that Trump’s legal team found no evidence that “the person who made these allegations” exists.
The same “nonexistent person” will file two more lawsuits against Trump and Epstein by the end of 2016. Jane Doe v. Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein will be filed in New York in June, and another Jane Doe v. Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein will be filed in New York in September (you can read some of the court docs for more info). “Katie” will also be photographed by the Daily Mail in November. And the Daily Mail will drag out her criminal record.
Whether Katie is telling the truth or not, she 100% exists and even a shit UK tabloid can ascertain that.
May 13, 2016: Fox News reveals that Bill Clinton traveled on one of Jeffrey Epstein’s private planes 26 times between 2001 and 2003. Previous reports indicated he had only taken 10 or 11 flights. On 5 of these 26 flights, Clinton was not accompanied by his Secret Service detail.
Now it’s time to get technical. Every reference to Epstein’s private planes that you will ever see in the land of Pizzagate refers to them as just one plane dubbed the “Lolita Express.” But Epstein had two planes, a Gulfstream that he used to travel to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and a Boeing 747 that he used for overseas business. The trips Bill Clinton took were on the Boeing, and all of them were overseas junkets related to Clinton’s work, such as addressing AIDS and democracy in Africa. Go ahead and match up the flight logs to Clinton’s 2001-2003 speeches in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, London, Antwerp, Norway, Moscow and Africa. I’ll wait. The only flights not related to speaking engagements were a 2002 visit to the Sultan of Brunei and a stopoff in the Azores en route to Africa.
The flight logs do not show Clinton aboard any of Epstein’s flights to Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands. This means that if Clinton did go to the rumoured orgies on Epstein’s private island, Little St. James, he did so on his own steam.
Also, many people visit Little St. James for scientific conferences dealing with cancer research, AI and an array of other fascinating and vitally important areas of study. So piss off with your “everybody who went there is a pedo.”
Hillary Clinton did not accompany her husband on any of the 26 flights her husband took on Epstein’s plane.
June 15, 2016: There are reports that Clement Freud, the late UK broadcaster (and grandson of the Freud) has been posthumously accused of sexually abusing his foster daughter and raping one other young woman. Freud died in 2009.
This excites police and media interest, because Clement owned a summer villa in Praia da Luz, Portugal, just 600 yards from the Ocean Club Resort where Madeleine McCann went missing in May 2007. He even hosted dinner for the McCanns on two occasions during the search for Madeleine.
Freud’s family, including his stunned widow, accept the rape allegations and apologize to the two accusers. They draw the line at the McCann disappearance, however. According to the family, he was in the UK at that time.
Clement Freud’s name will surface in Pizzagate, as Pizzagaters try to connect the Podesta brothers to Madeleine McCann’s abduction.
July 2, 2016: “FBIAnon”, an anonymous 4chan user claiming to be a “high-level analyst”, surfaces on 4chan’s /pol/ board for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session [note: I’ve covered one other 4chan hoax on this blog, the hilarious Assphone Theory of the disappearance of Flight MH370].
FBIAnon’s stated goal is to leak information about the bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was Secretary of State, which has been ongoing for over a year. He/she also divulges details of crimes Hillary Clinton has supposedly committed, such as sharing with others Special Access Programs she wasn’t even supposed to possess. He/she states the FBI is under “intense pressure” to not recommend indictment. This is a clever thing to say. If Clinton is indicted, FBIAnon could be legit. If she isn’t indicted, then it means the FBI buckled to external pressures and dark forces are at work. You just can’t go wrong with a statement like this.
The rest of the Q & A meanders all over the place. FBIAnon praises the work of Jerome Corsi (the “Amero” guy, who currently works for Alex Jones), and lavishly compliments Russia (“more a paragon of freedom and nationalism than any other country”). He/she also spews racist shit (“Blacks are violent and generally impulsive, but they are not all bad. And they can be, for lack of a better term domesticated”) and goofy, anti-Semitic shit (George Soros is trying to “create a global government where all people intermingle and breed and become one people ruled by a racially pure Jewish race”).
But it’s what FBIAnon has to say about the Clintons and child sex rings that captivates 4chan. Urged to elaborate on that subject, he/she writes, “Sex rings are popular in all governments, but pedophilia is primarily in British parliament & Saudi Arabia, and that’s why HRC and BC love foreign donors so much. They get paid in children as well as money. Dig deep and you can find it. It will sicken you.” He urges readers to focus their attentions on the Clinton Foundation – its donors and its directors.
“If there is anything to gain from this, it is FOCUS ON THE CLINTON FOUNDATION. The media will over the next few weeks try to paint the e-mail scandal as the only scandal, and HRC may or may not get indicted. But if you keep pressing the foundation and do not let the questions or demands die, then the truth will out.
Follow the Foundation.”
This was in reference to the Justice Department’s brief, fruitless inquiry into the Clinton Foundation. Needless to say, people have been following the Foundation very closely in the run-up to the election, and they haven’t found much.
A couple of FBIAnon’s comments on “meme magic” will be particularly revealing, in light of later events:
Q: What’s your guys’ opinion on meme magic? Kekkism?
A. I am not religious, so I have no opinion on Kek. But meme magic is very real, in the sense that a thought large enough to gain traction with enough minds will manifest in external reality. That’s why confirmation bias works, and why Trump has used it to his advantage.
Q: So, meme magic is just fucking confirmation bias. Well that really takes the wind out of Kek.
A: Perceptions shape reality.
Indeed they do, fake FBI guy on 4chan. Indeed they do.
July 5, 2016: FBI Director James Comey announces that the FBI has completed its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and is recommending to the State Department “that no charges are appropriate in this case.”
July 6, 2016: Fox news runs a story headlined “Billionaire Sex Offender Epstein Once Claimed He Co-founded Clinton Foundation.” The claim comes from a letter written by Epstein’s lawyers in 2007, during plea deal negotiations. In the letter, the lawyers state Epstein was part of the original group that conceived the Clinton Global Initiative.
This is never confirmed. And CGI is just one part of the Foundation, anyway (according to David Callahan of Inside Philanthropy, less than 10% of Foundation funds went to CGI as late as 2014).
July 7, 2016: In Dallas, Micah Johnson ambushes and kills five police officers and injures nine others, as well as two civilians. The ambush occurs at the end of a protest against the recent police killings of two black men (Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota).
July 8, 2016: FBIAnon resurfaces on 4chan to answer more questions. He/she kicks off the Q & A by confirming that the Dallas incident was a false flag operation engineered to draw attention away from Hillary Clinton’s emails.
July 10, 2016: After a night of drinking at a local sports bar, 27-year-old Democratic National Convention employee Seth Rich heads home to his apartment in the Bloomingdale neighbourhood of Washington, DC. At 4:20 AM, he is found alive and conscious with multiple gunshot wounds, his body covered with defensive bruises. He dies in a nearby hospital a short time later.
Police surmise that this was a failed robbery, as there had been several robberies in the neighbourhood. However, there are no suspects and questions remain.
July 13, 2016: The clickbait conspiracy site What Does It Mean publishes a story about Seth Rich, claiming that “a somber Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today says that a top American Democratic Party staffer preparing to testify against Hillary Clinton was assassinated this past Sunday during a secret meeting in Washington D.C. he believed he was having with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents, but who turned out, instead, to be a ‘hit team’—and who, in turn, were captured yesterday after a running gun battle with US federal police forces just blocks from the White House.”
What Does It Mean is the website of “Sorcha Faal”, another entity we’ve covered on this blog (Faal put out the stupidest Michael Jackson death conspiracy theory of them all).
The non-clickbait rumours about Rich’s murder are only slightly less goofy than this, though. Before Rich is even buried, the interwebs are afire with bullshit stories about him. He was the source of the DNC emails leak that Wikileaks published after his death, he had something to do with Hillary’s emails, etc. Julian Assange fanned the flames with coy hints that maaaaybe Rich was a Wikileaks source.
No one stops to wonder why a professional assassin would leave you alive and conscious on the street.
Rich will become something like the IT nerd version of JFK. Everyone has a theory, and there’s no way he was murdered by a stranger in one of the most murdery cities in America. At this point, it is impossible to extricate the tragic death of Seth Rich from Pizzagate. Not only is Hillary Clinton a Satanic Gay Pedo Cannibal Democrat, but she runs the shittiest murder squad in the DC metro area.
July 22, 2016: WikiLeaks publishes a glut of hacked or leaked DNC emails (first published by DCLeaks in June). Some of them indicate that Democratic party leadership cunningly sank Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in order to secure a Hillary win.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz announces her resignation as chair of the DNC two days later, proving once again that Wikileaks wields tremendous political power.
August 2016: In his book Partners in Crime, Jerome Corsi (now employed by Alex Jones/Infowars) accuses both Clintons of using the Clinton Foundation as a “personal piggy bank.” At the time he wrote the book, this was the worst stuff Corsi – a professional conspiranoid – could find about the Foundation. Isn’t it peculiar that just two months after the book’s publication, Twitter users will discover that the Foundation is actually just a front for a child sex ring?
The Wall Street Journal and other publications criticize the perceived “pay-for-play” nature of the Foundation as well, echoing Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, while David Callahan renders more pragmatic views on what the Foundation does and how politicians interact with donors.
August 9, 2016: Future professional Pizzagater David Seaman uploads a weird post to his financial blog on Huffington Post, “What Happened to Bitcoin and David Seaman?” In this post, Seaman addresses rumours (not specified) that have been circulating about him, and laments that one cannot address “every conspiracy theory or half-baked Reddit post about yourself once you become a public personality.”
Right you are, self-obsessed cryptocurrency dude.
He then goes on to chronicle all the ways in which various people, notably broadcaster Joe Rogan, supposedly screwed him over in 2016. He claims he was promised a regular guest spot on Rogan’s show, in which he would discuss the latest political scandals, only to be ghosted by Rogan as soon as Bitcoin took a plunge in value. He blames such betrayals for his “declining health.” He even shits on his parents at one point.
This incredibly bizarre post ends with the opinion that John McCain’s daughter is “fat, entitled, intellectually empty.”
Just think about this post for a second. Imagine that you want to catch up on the latest crytocurrency trends, and a buddy tells you, “Oh, hey, check out David Seaman’s Huffpo blog.” So you go there and find…whatever the hell this is.
August 21, 2016: Beginning on this date and continuing throughout the first week of October, political spin doctor Roger Stone tweets about soon-to-be-leaked information that will damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign. This first tweet is, “Trust me, it will soon [be] Podesta’s time in the barrel.” For more on these cryptic tweets, see the Washington Post timeline of what Stone knew and when he knew it.
August 29, 2016: David Seaman uploads a YouTube video about another betrayal…by HuffPo. He claims he has been summarily fired for posting a piece questioning the state of Hillary Clinton’s health.
He then gets ridiculous, telling his audience, “I’m doing this video also to say, I’m not suicidal right now. I am not a particularly clumsy person. I don’t own a car at the moment. So if I’m to slip in the shower over the next couple of days or something silly like that, you have to really employ probability and statistics here because I’m not a clumsy person, right, and I’m also not a depressed person right now.”
Thus begins Seaman’s descent into sitting at home drinking beer all day and concocting revenge plots (if he wasn’t at that stage already). At least, that’s the story you’ll hear from Pizzagaters and Seaman himself.
The truth is that Seaman continued to blog at Huffpo throughout 2016 and 2017. He was not fired. And he’s still alive.
October 3, 2016: Roger Stone tweets, “I have total confidence that @wikileaks and my hero Julian Assange will educate the American people soon. #LockHerUp.”
October 6, 2016: Roger Stone tweets, “Julian Assange will deliver a devastating expose on Hillary at a time of his choosing. I stand by my prediction.”
October 7, 2018: A 2005 audio recording of Donald Trump discussing his failed seduction of a married woman and his groping techniques with a host of the TV show Access Hollywood is published by the Washington Post.
Just hours later, WIikileaks releases the first batch of stolen Podesta emails.
October 10, 2016: What Does It Mean publishes a story claiming Israeli intelligence possesses a videotape of Bill Clinton raping a 13-year-old girl. The author cites a “Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin.” Supposedly, this videotape was made by the Clothing Shop Network, a shadowy Mossad operation that doesn’t actually exist. The operation’s main “organizer/facilitator” is the “international money man of mystery Jeffery Epstein [sic].”
This all rests on unconfirmed rumours that Epstein had some connection to the Mossad and/or was busted as the result of a Mossad frameup, rumours that are too silly to even address. For years, Epstein relied on young women to procure even younger women for him. The girls were told they were going to be paid to give Epstein massages (which was true some of the time). Epstein was not framed. His arrest was the result of a three-year investigation.
“Clothing Shop Network” is probably a reference to the fact that one of Epstein’s friends and business mentors, Leslie Wexford, is CEO of L Brands (the retailer behind Victoria’s Secret, La Senza and many other mall chains).
October 12, 2016: A pseudo-Anonymous (not affiliated with the semi-official Anonymous YouTube channel) releases a video echoing, almost verbatim, the make-believe What Does It Mean story. Israeli intelligence taped Bill Clinton raping a 13-year-old, Hillary Clinton was able to keep the video under wraps for years, yadda yadda.
The video then gets pretty weird. Fake Anonymous informs us that after learning her husband had been secretly videotaped with children, Hillary Clinton decided to run for president and “set up Donald Trump as a strawman Pied Piper opponent.” She chose Trump because he also knew Epstein, and would therefore go down in flames. However, unbeknownst to Clinton, Trump was clean; he was basically the only prominent person in the whole nation who refused to cavort with Epstein’s underage girls.
The official Anonymous website never publishes anything about this Bill Clinton video. However, official Anonymous videos hint throughout the month of October that Anonymous will be releasing an explosive October surprise of its own, and they critically analyze Clinton’s health and alleged terrorist ties.
October 28, 2016: FBI Director James Comey informs Congress he is reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. The reason: Emails of potential interest have been found on a computer belonging to disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, the then-estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Many Democrats consider this a dick move, an October surprise strategically timed to sabotage any shot Clinton had at the White House. But that’s a whole ‘nother conspiracy theory.
Oct. 29, 2016: On THEE Rant, a web forum for New York City police officers, someone with the username “Fatoldman” posts that he/she has a “hot rumor” about the reopened FBI investigation:
“[T]he feds were forced to reopen the hillary email case [because] apparently the NYPD sex crimes unit was involved in the weiner case. On his laptop they saw emails. [T]hey notified the FBI. Feds were afraid that NYPD would go public so they had to reopen or be accused of a coverup.”
Fatoldman’s extremely vague, unhelpful rumour (“they saw emails”) is promptly re-posted to a law enforcement group on Facebook.
It might have died there, but then a mysterious (yet very popular) user called Eagle Wings tweets it.
Among Eagle Wings’ followers at the time are future deputy assistant to President Trump Sebastian Gorka and former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, whose son’s later involvement in Pizzagate I have already mentioned in Part I.
Nobody seems to know who Eagle Wings actually is. Eagle Wings’ profile picture is of a middle-aged woman, and the caption beneath it is “USAF Vet believes Freedom Soars.” Rolling Stone later consulted Samuel Woolley, a “leading expert in computational propaganda” and research director at the Institute for the Future’s Digital Intelligence Lab, for insight. Woolley examined Eagle Wings’ social media postings and concluded that “she” tweeted too frequently (more than 50,000 times since November 2015) to too many followers (120,000 as of November 2017) to be a solitary patriot; Eagle Wings is almost certainly a “highly automated account” and “part of a bot network” [note: the account is inactive as of this writing].
It doesn’t matter who or what Eagle Wings is, though, because her relatively innocuous message is about to be distorted beyond all recognition in an adult version of Telephone.
October 30, 2016 (about 10 hours after the “fatoldman” post on ThreeRant): Carmen Katz, a Facebook user based in Missouri, claims to have an NYPD source who told her the Weiner emails contain detailed information about the Clintons’ and Jeffrey Epstein’s involvement in an “International child enslavement and sex ring.” These emails – which never materialize – supposedly describe trips the Clintons took on Epstein’s private plane [recall from the flight logs that Hillary wasn’t on the plane], and expand on Hillary’s “well documented predilection for underage girls.” (Rolling Stone later discovers that “Carmen Katz” may or may not be a sock puppet account created by an eccentric, conspiracy-minded lawyer living in Missouri).
Twitter user DavidGoldbergNY (true identity unknown) quickly backs up Katz’s post. His tweets suggest the Weiner emails are going to expose a child sex ring involving Hillary Clinton. DavidGoldbergNY cites NYPD rumours.
An anonymous Godlike Productions Forum user chimes in, claiming he/she also has inside information that a child sex/trafficking ring involving federal officials and the Clinton Foundation is about to about to be exposed.
November 1, 2016: The clickbait site Conservative Daily Post runs the story “Breaking: FBI confirms evidence of huge underground Clinton sex network,” in which it is claimed that an FBI source has revealed a “massive child trafficking and pedophile sex ring” in DC, “which they say was run directly with the Clinton Foundation as a front.”
SubjectPolitics.com runs a story with the headline “IT’S OVER: NYPD Just Raided Hillary’s Property! What They Found Will RUIN HER LIFE.” The photo that accompanies the story has nothing to do with a search of Hillary’s property, and there is no evidence that anyone searched Hillary’s property. The story is, in fact, fake news (a term Pizzagaters initially loathed, but now use to label anything that is critical of their research).
The website True Pundit publishes a story stating that the NYPD is investigating emails that link Hillary to money laundering, sex with children, and other crimes. They cite anonymous FBI and police sources.
Even though they are worthless, these stories are shared over and over again, giving the emerging “sex ring” rumour some legs.
DavidGoldbergNY crows that True Pundit has confirmed his October 30th tweet.
November 2, 2016: The clickbait fake news site Christian Times Newspaper (not to be confused with the Christian Times) posts a wholly fabricated story about an NYPD investigation into allegations that Bill Clinton sexually abused girls ranging from 5-14 years of age. Again, anonymous NYPD sources are cited.
“Now, sources within the NYPD are saying their investigation has evolved to focus on Clinton exclusively after several of the emails found on disgraced former Congressman Anthony Wiener’s laptop implicate Clinton in an international child sex ring.”
November 3, 2016: In a video that has since been deleted, another pseudo-Anonymous unaffiliated with the official Anonymous YouTube channel announces that on November 5th, it will be releasing information that shows “who the real criminals are, and it’s something much darker than we thought.”
The culprits will include Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and “21 individuals ranging from the DNC, FBI, CIA.”
“The new leaks being released this week will provide documents in the form of emails, pictures, and videos. Within these will be evidence of Bill Clinton, as well as at least 6 other Government officials, taking part in acts with minors. As well as evidence of Human trafficking that also included minors.
We believe these pictures and videos were taken for the purpose of political manipulation. In order to make sure all participants followed through on a previously agreed agenda.
These documents were given to us by an American Government official when he had come to learn that this crime had been covered up by Hilary and her staff through methods including bribery and blackmail. He also told us that due to the restricted access to these documents, they would soon know he was the one who released him to us.
We tried to make arrangements for him to exit the country safely, but he was killed before those arrangements could be carried out. We are still not sure if this is because they became aware of the leak, or if they were scared that he may in the future. In either case, his identity will be made public in this next set of leaks so that he can be honored for the hero that he was.”
Pseudo-Anonymous never releases the documents.
NOVEMBER 3-4, 2016: PIZZAGATE IS BORN
November 3: Wikileaks publishes volume 28 of the stolen Podesta emails.
One hour after volume 28 of the emails hits Wikileaks, the popular Twitter personality Jared Wyand becomes the first person to suggest that the copious references to food, particularly pizza, in the Podesta emails could actually be code words related to a pedo/trafficking ring.
Wyand tweets a list of “code words” related to pizza and other foods, urging other users to search for those words in the Podesta emails. It’s not clear where he got these code words within one hour, but Jared Wyand makes a grandiose statement that becomes a war cry for thousands: “We are uncovering a child sex ring.” We’ll discuss the code words, and Wyand’s rapid decline, in Part IV of this post.
People obediently begin searching for hints of human trafficking activity in the Podesta emails leaked by Wikileaks. They don’t find anything that directly references human trafficking (or any criminal activity, for that matter), but they do find the code words.
“Project Astral” is the first Reddit user to make hay with the “Spirit Cooking” done by Podesta’s artist friend, Marina Abramović. He/she claims there is a connection between Spirit Cooking and the occult, specifically Thelema and its Cakes of Light. A blog post later attempts to explain the logic behind this connection.
The alt media immediately pounces on Spirit Cooking. The Drudge Report, Alex Jones/Infowars and Mike Cernovich all point out how creepy it is, presenting it as a debauched and sinister activity with heavy-duty occult connections. Wikileaks even retweets a Change.org message about Spirit Cooking.
Reddit user “Pleading the Yiff” claims to discover a link between Hillary Clinton and Laura Silsby, an American woman jailed for possible child trafficking after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He titles his post “BREAKING: I believe I have connected a convicted child abductor who was caught stealing children in Haiti with the Clintons.” It is posted to the /r/The_Donald subreddit.
A short time later, WikiLeaks’ Twitter account tweets “Significant, if partisan, find showing how the Clintons supported child stealer Laura Silsby,” then links to Pleading the Yiff’s Reddit post. We’ll examine the “Silsby connection” in Part IV.
Mike Cernovich publishes a post on his blog stating that some of the Podesta emails point to occult practices and human trafficking: “Podesta Spirit Cooking Emails Reveal Clinton’s Inner Circle as Sex Cult with Connections to Human Trafficking.” He writes that “we should focus less on Clinton Cash style corruption and more on the Clinton Foundation’s sale of children to Saudi pedophiles.”
In other online posts and in a series of Periscope videos, Cernovich promotes the notion of a massive criminal conspiracy involving both Clintons and other prominent Democrats. This is right after the code words have been tweeted by Jared Wyand, so nothing pizza- or pasta-related is mentioned. Pizzagate hasn’t fully evolved yet. Interestingly, though, Cernovich mentions the Laura Silsby-related emails that Reddit user “Pleading the Yiff” claimed to “discover” a very short time earlier, showing just how rapidly information spread in the early days of Pizzagate.
Note that the approach taken by Wyand and Cernovich is much different from that taken by the previous posters and tweeters. In the earliest days of Pizzagate, shadowy law enforcement sources and secret police investigations were always mentioned. Wyand and Cernovich, on the other hand, are among the first people to say, “Let’s investigate this ourselves”, implying that law enforcement couldn’t or wouldn’t do anything to halt the Satanic Gay Pedo Cannibal Democrat juggernaut.
I don’t know precisely where Cernovich got his notion of Saudi pedophiles buying American children, but I will point out that the image of insanely wealthy, lecherous Arab men purchasing young, white women for their harems is a positively ancient trope. It played a key role in the “white slavery” panics that arose in the mid-nineteenth century and continued all the way through WWI. Throughout America and much of Europe, girls and their parents were warned of immigrants and criminal gangs that could drug unsuspecting teens, scoop them from the streets, and ship them off to the Middle East to be sold at auction to leering sheiks. Hell, Rudolph Valentino built a career on this.
Soon, there will be rumours that every single business on Connecticut Avenue, including Comet Ping Pong, is owned by Saudis. The notion that Saudi nationals are behind everything from Pizzagate to the recent Vegas shooting is extremely popular among Pizzagaters, and conspiracy theorists in general.
Meanwhile, the online Sherlocks conclude that some of Washington’s most prominent citizens could walk into certain establishments and simply “order” young children off the menu for sex, using the code words. Why else would people email so incessantly about food? The first food-related reference to gain a lot of attention was the sentence “I’m dreaming about your hotdog stand in Hawaii…”, but the narrative quickly centres around pizza. The investigators begin using the hashtag #pizzagate on social media.
Discovering that John Podesta and his brother Anthony frequent Comet Ping Pong, the citizen investigators decide this restaurant must be the hub of the pedo/trafficking activity in DC.
Here is one of the earliest subreddit posts to link Podesta and family to the restaurant:
“Comet Pizza is a pizza place owned by James Alefantis, who is the former gay boyfriend of David Brock, the CEO of Correct The Record. It has been the venue for dozens of events for the Hillary campaign staff. John Podesta has had campaign fundraisers there for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. John’s brother and business partner Tony Podesta has his birthday party there every year.”
The investigators begin mining the current owner’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as the restaurant’s menu, for codewords and clues. We’ll examine all the evidence they unearthed in Part IV.
November 4, 2016: Douglas Hagmann, a conspiranoid broadcaster, goes on The Alex Jones Show to discuss Pizzagate. Hagmann claims he has sources inside the NYPD who are actively investigating the pedo ring, and those sources showed him evidence that included graphic photos. He produces a photo of a nude minor (censored from the video, of course) that he claims was discovered on Anthony’s Weiner’s phone. Why the fuck would Hagmann have this? Think about that. If the NYPD was handing out child porn to radio hosts, we should be concerned.
In the video, Jones makes his most inflammatory statement involving Hillary Clinton: “When I think about all the children Hillary Clinton has personally murdered and chopped up and raped, I have zero fear standing up against her. Yeah, you heard me right. Hillary Clinton has personally murdered children. I just can’t hold back the truth anymore.”
November 7, 2016: An /r/pizzagate subreddit is formed and rapidly mushrooms to 20,000 subscribers.
November 8, 2016: Donald Trump is elected as the 47th President of the United States. This delights most Pizzagaters on a number of levels, but what they’re most fervently hoping is that Trump and/or Putin will soon swoop in and arrest all the Satanic Gay Pedo Cannibal Democrats now that the Kenyan Guy is out of the way.
November 13, 2016: Monica Petersen, a Research Fellow and Assistant Director at the Human Trafficking Center, reportedly commits suicide in Haiti. Within three days of this young woman’s tragic death, Pizzagaters are haranguing the Center for information about her and accusing Hillary Clinton of having her murdered. Later in this series, we’ll look more closely at the Petersen case and the Pizzagate Body Count.
Mid-November 2016: David Seaman begins uploading videos about Pizzagate, and quickly becomes one of the most vocal Pizzagaters (if not the most productive). A Pizzagater named George Webb also begins posting videos (over 1200 to date) around this time, documenting his citizen investigation of the Clinton Foundation, the deaths of Seth Rich and Monica Petersen, etc.
Pizzagaters hurl a barrage of harassment at Comet employees, performers who have had gigs at Comet, artists with work on display at Comet, etc. Alefantis lays out thousands of dollars to beef up security at his restaurants. Other Connecticut Avenue businesses are also targeted for their supposed use of “pedo symbols” on their websites and signage.
Rumours fly of a tunnel system beneath Comet, a basement “kill room” and other secret spaces used by the Satanic Gay Pedo Cannibal Democrats to imprison, abuse and perhaps even eat their child victims.
The Pizzagate hoax blooms like black mold all over Reddit, Voat, Steemit, 4chan, YouTube, Twitter and its racist shadow Gab, alt-right/white supremacist sites, far-right alt news sites, and of course the clickbait sites. What human Pizzagaters don’t do, bots and foreign fake news factories do for them (Turkey and Russia are the most active countries in amplifying Pizzagate-related “news”).
November 16, 2016: Professional Twitterdouche Jack Posobiec goes to Comet to investigate and livestreams his investigation to Periscope. He finds a lot of people eating pizza and a children’s birthday party. He is asked to leave. Pizzagaters respond to this 18-minute waste of time like it’s a 60 Minutes exposé.
November 18, 2016: Yournewswire.com, another clickbait “news” site (run by Sean Adl-Tabatabai), posts a story with the headline “FBI: Rumors About Clinton Pedophile Ring Are True.” The story cites only one source: FBIAnon, the 4chan user who mentioned pedo rings back in July. Yournewswire becomes one of the prime sources of information for Pizzagaters, but its stories don’t become any more factual.
I think it goes without saying that the FBI was not interested in Pizzagate. You can’t investigate “this guy mentions food too often in his emails.”
November 23, 2016: Alarmed by all the doxing of Pizzagate suspects that is occurring at /r/pizzagate in spite of a warning to users not to post private information, Reddit shuts down the subreddit. Naturally, this leads to cries of censorship, cover-up, political persecution, yadda yadda. Some Pizzagaters (inaccurately) declare the ban to be the largest in Reddit’s history. However, the Pizzagaters immediately move over to Voat, Steemit and numerous other social media platforms and continue their investigation without interference.
A lot of up-and-coming alt-right commentators – as well as the old salts of the conspiranoia community – use Pizzagate to punch up their Twitter feeds, drive traffic to their YouTube channels, and get their names out there. Then, when they begin to realize there are meatspace implications to making human trafficking allegations against strangers, some of them start to gently disengage themselves from the core allegations. Others double down.
November 21, 2016: The New York Times publishes the first major debunking of Pizzagate.
Early December 2016: Alarmed and driven to action by all the online Pizzagate “news” he’s seeing, 28-year-old warehouse worker Edgar Welch drives 260 miles from his home near Durham, North Carolina to DC to investigate Comet Ping Pong. He brings with him an AR-15 rifle and two other guns. En route, he records a farewell message to his family.
December 4, 2016: Alex Jones’ InfoWars website posts a YouTube video titled “Haiti PIZZAGATE: Death of Child Trafficking Investigator.” It claims Monica Petersen “had just begun investigating the correlation regarding the Clinton Foundation’s Caracol Industrial Park Complex and its connection to a human trafficking network when her life was cut short.”
All of these statements will turn out to be incorrect. Petersen was very active in raising awareness about human trafficking, but her primary focus was on labor trafficking involving adult men and women. She had even expressed some annoyance at the fact that labour trafficking, which is rampant, does not receive the same amount of public concern and attention that sex trafficking attracts. The Clinton Foundation connection that Jones mentions was posted by one of Petersen’s friends on Facebook. Petersen was not in Haiti to investigate anything. She had voiced intentions to set up an NGO there.
December 4, 2016: Edgar Welch walks into Comet Ping Pong armed with a .38-caliber Colt revolver, his Colt AR-15 rifle strapped across his chest. He aims the rifle at an employee. The employee flees and phones police. Welch pokes around the restaurant a bit, finds nothing of interest, then discharges his weapon three times. He is promptly arrested by DC police.
After the shooting, Alex Jones defends Pizzagate researchers and urges them to carry on their important work.
December 6, 2016: The Washington Post publishes its first story about Pizzagate and the Welch shooting.
December 13, 2016: Alex Jones takes the unprecedented measure of scrubbing some of his videos and articles about Pizzagate from Infowars and related websites, evidently concerned that he will be one of the conspiranoids linked to the shooting. In the past, he has shrugged off similar allegations. Now, however, he has more mainstream support and attention thanks to Donald Trump being a guest on his program in late 2015. He can’t take the risks he used to take.
He releases a video explaining that when he said Hillary Clinton “chops up children”, he was referring to her support for actions in Syria. He was not saying that Clinton personally does violence to children, even though that’s exactly what he said. He now states that he does not believe the Podesta emails point to a child trafficking ring. Rather, they could point to any number of activities.
Early 2017: Not content to speculate about Hillary Clinton having Parkinson’s, a few Pizzagaters propose that she has Kuru, the “cannibal disease”, from the ritual consumption of bodily fluids and/or children during Satanic Gay Pedo Cannibal Democrat ceremonies or whatever.
January 17, 2017: Benn Swann, a reporter for Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL-TV who can’t pass a conspiracy theory without fapping all over it, devotes one of his “Reality Check” segments to Pizzagate. It’s titled “Is Pizzagate ‘Fake News’ or Has It Just Not Been Officially Investigated?” That’s some false dichotomy, right thurr.
Swann claims he has spent a month investigating Pizzagate, yet brings nothing new to the table. He covers all the same “Isn’t this strange?” details that all Pizzagaters now trot out: the Podesta Code and the “disturbing art”, photos of kids on Instagram. He does not even attempt to explain how or why DC police should begin investigating John Podesta’s use of the word “walnuts” or why the owner of Besta Pizza uses a triangle shape on his menus.
This is just Swann being Swann. In every “Reality Check”, he regurgitates months-old conspiracy fodder and poses disingenuous questions about it. The entire concept for the segments seems to be “Stuff I Find on Reddit Looks Better In a Tie.”
Just like Michael Flynn, Swann pays a price for his dumbfuckery. WGCL-TV temporarily suspends him, and his social media accounts vanish. This is more than a little unfair, since it was the station bosses who greenlighted his segment, but whatever. Swann will return to the air, minus Reality Check, only to be fired for trying to independently produce a Truth in Media video series without his bosses’ knowledge.
January 20, 2017: Inauguration day.
A handful of religious protestors show up outside Comet to shout racist, anti-Muslim, and anti-LGTBQ phrases. Because, the children?
February 24, 2017: In another unprecedented move, Alex Jones uploads a video in which he qualifies some of the statements he and his guests have made about Pizzagate, trying to persuade his viewers that he was never really interested in the first place.
“I kind of picked up when the Washington Post, New York Times, all of them said – when I wasn’t even covering it – everybody says a pizza place is doing this to kids. And I was like, we never covered it. A pizza place? And I went, whoa, they’re in the news diverting us from all this other big stuff.”
Nice try. As I’ve already noted in this timeline, the Post ran its first Pizzagate story on December 6, a full month after Jones & Co. hopped on the pizza wagon. The Times ran its first piece on November 21, over two weeks after Jones uploaded his first Pizzagate video.
As soon as he distances himself, however, Jones jumps right back in. “I don’t think Alefantis over there, or any of those people in DC at that pizza place where Podesta goes – even though they’ve got weird acts there that people are like, ‘We like kids. That’s our preference. Yeah, we love kids.’ I don’t know what the hell that is. There’s a lot of weird crap going on.”
His “we love kids” comment is a reference to a cell phone video taken in the back room of Comet, which we’ll examine along with the other evidence in Part IV.
March 24, 2017: Edgar Welch pleads guilty to federal weapons charges. He is contrite and open about his storming of Comet Ping Pong, yet Pizzagaters insist he must have been a “crisis actor” or blackmailed patsy sent into the restaurant to discredit their incredibly fruitful investigation and protect the Satanic Gay Pedo Cannibal Democrats.
March 25, 2017: Alex Jones uploads a second video apology for previous Pizzagate comments. However, he refers only to the comments that related directly to Comet Ping Pong and James Alefantis and speaks in a stiff, unconvincing manner markedly different from his usual HOLYSHIT PEOPLE THEY’RE KILLING US WITH CHEMICALS style, making it comically obvious that Alefantis’s lawyers have contacted him. As it turns out, that’s precisely what happened. Alefantis was not impressed with Jones’ bullshit “apology” of February 24, and demanded a real retraction.
Also on this day, the first official Pizzagate protest occurs. Roughly 50 protestors assemble in Lafayette Square with Pizzagate T-shirts and protest signs to insist that Pizzagate is not fake news and must be investigated by law enforcement. One couple shows up with their kids in tow, all sporting “#Pizzagate” T-shirts. The event is organized by Neil Wolfe and another young Pizzagater. It is heavily promoted by David Seaman. Unlike the hateful crew that showed up outside Comet on Trump’s inauguration day, these people express genuine concern for the welfare of children and are baffled at the public’s lack of concern. A few identify themselves as survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This event, then, probably kicks off the mainstreaming of Pizzagate hysteria.
May 18, 2017: After a concert in Detroit, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell hangs himself in his hotel room.
Later that day, the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office confims that his death was the result of suicide.
20 July 2017: Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington hangs himself in his home near Los Angeles.
21 July, 2017: The L.A. County Coroner’s Office confirms that Bennington’s death was the result of suicide.
Later in the day, the ultra-fake “news” site YourNewsWire (now a fave of Pizzagaters) posts a story reporting that Chester Bennington was murdered in similar fashion to his friend, Chris Cornell, and police are investigating his death as a homicide in spite of the judgment of suicide.
The two men had been friends, and copycat suicides are not uncommon in circles of friends.
Within two days of Bennington’s death, Pizzagaters are pointing out his resemblance to John Podesta (which doesn’t go far past “same haircut and glasses”) and trying to prove that he might be Podesta’s son. They are also claiming that Bennington and Cornell were about to reveal “something big” about celebrity pedophiles.
October 15, 2017: After a White House dinner, Trump drops a cryptic comment – “A storm is coming.”
October 28, 2017: Someone who will later be identified only as “Q” begins posting a string of mysterious messages to a 4chan /pol/ thread titled “Calm Before the Storm.” Q is supposedly a government insider with Q clearance leaking information about Trump’s super-secret plan to launch a counterattack on the Deep State entities that are trying to unseat him. So he’s the new FBIAnon, basically, only with a security clearance.
From this point, Pizzagate and related faux scandals are shared with the hashtags “follow the white rabbit” and “the storm is coming.” QAnon becomes the hot new girl in town.
Early 2018: Pizzagaters mob up on model/TV show host Christine Teigen, analyzing her social media accounts for incriminating child-molesting stuff. Apparently, this began when Teigen posted photos of her 1-year-old daughter’s 2017 Halloween costumes: Alice in Wonderland and a hot dog. Then she tweeted something about “pedolite” not tasting very good. This was clearly a reference to the infant hydration formula Pedialyte, designed for sick infants, which is a widely-known hangover remedy.
But in the eyes of Pizzagaters, it’s solid evidence that Teigen is somehow involved with the Pizza Ring. When her husband, singer John Legend, warns professional Pizzagater/”journalist” Liz Crokin to cease her verbal attacks on his family or face a lawsuit, Crokin snaps back that Legend and Teigen are affiliated with people she suspects of being in the Pizza Ring. In Pizzagate land, it’s a crime just to know people who might be involved with some criminal enterprise that might exist (even though there’s no real evidence of it).
May 2018: Veterans on Patrol (VOP), a group led by Lewis Arthur, stumble upon an abandoned homeless camp in the Arizona desert. In Facebook posts, Arthur declares that this site was used for immigrant child sex trafficking as part of an operation run by the Cemex company, Hillary Clinton, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, the local FBI and others. VOP puts out a call for others to join them on patrol in the desert to investigate.
Law enforcement investigate and conclude that items found in the area (a skull, straps, children’s clothes) are not sex-trafficking related.
January 7, 2018: In her Golden Globes address, Oprah (along with everybody else on the planet) denounces sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and praises women who have come forward with allegations after years of silence.
Most people would wholeheartedly support this message, but Pizzagaters don’t. Oprah’s professional-grade speech sparks speculation that she will run for the presidency, and Pizzagaters zoom to the conclusion that Oprah will run and must be stopped. So they craft stories that Oprah was a procurer for Harvey Weinstein, tricking young starlets into meeting with him and essentially grooming them for sexual exploitation. There are no such real-life allegations against Oprah.
One fake article declares that actress Kadian Noble has publicly accused Oprah of working with Weinstein to ensnare her for an alleged 2014 sexual assault, but Noble has not said any such thing.
One widely-shared photo of actress/singer Rita Ora shows Weinstein leaning over her as she sits with Oprah; this is presented as evidence that Oprah delivered young, vulnerable females to Weinstein, and Ora is characterized as a wide-eyed child. In reality, Ora is a self-confident, mature woman who has spoken out against Weinstein’s sexually predatory behaviour towards her. Like Noble, she has not mentioned Oprah.
Pizzagaters continue to crank out the memes. Perhaps one of the most baffling “Pedogate” images is a photo of Steven Spielberg posing with child stars Drew Barrymore and Heather O’Rourke. The only text on the image is “ASK STEVEN WHAT HAPPENED TO HEATHER.” Various threads on Voat attempt to prove that Spielberg is a child molester, citing comments made by Crispin Glover and allegations made by one Dean Henry, as well as a blog that appears to be written by someone who considers Michael Jackson a messiah. The Glover “allegation” that Pizzagaters quote is actually just an excerpt from a satirical/rhetorical series of questions that Glover posed in connection with his art film What Is It?
A Steemit thread suggests that Heather O’Rourke may have been murdered as part of a “Pedogate coverup.” The author got his info from a blind item by popular “inside scoop” Hollywood blogger ENT LAWYER, whose single anonymous source clams that Heather O’Rourke died not from septic shock brought on by a bowel obstruction, but as a result of a sexual assault on the set of a TV series, Rocky Road. The source is supposedly a woman who was about 12 at the time of Heather’s death and was working as an actress on the same set. There is speculation that this source is Devon Odessa, a former child actress who appeared in Rocky Road.
This story doesn’t work. O’Rourke was very sick the day before her death (February 1, 1988), and had been sick for the month prior to her death. She would not have been filming. Even if she had been filming and the septic shock was caused from an assault-related injury inflicted in late January, death probably would have been faster. She would not have lingered for two days. The cause of her death is well-documented and even formed the basis of a lawsuit filed against her doctors by her mother.
Common sense and facts won’t stop the pizzaroller, though. Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world remain dedicated to rooting out the Satanic Gay Pedo Cannibal Democrats among us, and when the standards of evidence are so low, there’s a lot to find.
2020: Mike Smith, a former Hollywood stuntman, releases his documentary Out of Shadows. The film claims to be an “exposé on how Hollywood and the mainstream media manipulate the multitudes by spreading propaganda throughout their content”, but is actually a conspiracy documentary featuring Liz Croken, tales of Satanic ritual abuse in Hollywood and other Pedogate material. It will became required viewing for QAnon followers.
So now you have a fairly good overview of some of the key personalities and events of Pizzagate and its offspring, Pedogate and “The Storm.” Maybe you’ve also read Buzzfeed‘s timeline, or the Washington Post‘s takedown, or the more recent Rolling Stone article. But if you’re not in the trenches, there’s some stuff you probably don’t know about Pizzagate.
Some Stuff You Probably Don’t Know About Pizzagate