For almost a full month Pizzagate has been discussed across the internet by a steadily growing group of people, and the chances are, if you are reading this article, you are already aware of the background to Pizzagate. For those who have not followed the Pizzagate story I will sum it up in a few lines. A citizens investigation into Pizzagate began after WikiLeaks, founded by Julian Assange, published the Pizzagate emails. A series of emails between Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta, and James Alefantis led people to think that something very odd was afoot.
Alefantis owns a Washington pizza joint called Comet Ping Pong which sits right at the center of the Pizzagate scandal. Internet investigators discovered pictures on Alefantis' Instagram account that were deeply disturbing. For example there were photographs of Alefantis holding a small girl, he had added the hashtag #ChickenLover to the post. In pedophile slang a chicken lover is someone who has a taste for very young boys. Alefantis also shared a picture showing a young girl who had her arms taped to a table.Pizzagate links Alefantis to John Podesta and the Podesta emails were very odd indeed. Podesta and his brother Tony Podesta were invited to a "Spirit Cooking" dinner by artist Marina Abramovic. Spirit cooking is described as a satanic ritual and this has led investigators to believe that Pizzagate may allude to ritualized sexual abuse of children for satanic purposes.
Alefantis is also linked to Podesta through David Brock. Alefantis and Brock were once a couple. Brock set up Media Matters For America (MMFA) a pro-Clinton news site which was given office space by John Podesta during the recent presidential campaign. Investigators have also turned up links between these people and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, as well as other powerful people.
So Is Pizzagate Real?Is Pizzagate real? Not if you believe the mainstream media. Earlier today the BBC became the latest major outlet to denigrate the Pizzagate story. They dismiss Pizzagate as "the fake story that shows how conspiracy theories spread." The BBC quote James Alefantis who maintains his total innocence and claims Pizzagate "ignores basic truths."
"They ignore basic truths. For instance, the conspiracy supposedly is run out of the restaurant's basement. We don't even have a basement."Oddly it seems that the BBC may have caught Alefantis in a lie when he denies that his restaurant has a basement. Just last year Alefantis told Metro Weekly that Comet Ping Pong had a basement in which he stored his own produce.
"Sometimes an innocent picture of a child in a basket is just an innocent picture of a child in a basket and not proof of a child sex trafficking ring."
"Well, we make everything from scratch. Other restaurants, even good restaurants, will, like, not roast their own peppers."Of course Mr Alefantis may well be confused, or have been misquoted, but the inconsistencies don't help his case, especially as he shared Instagram photographs of construction work, allegedly in his basement.
"Like our sauce, we harvest a whole crop of organic tomatoes, 10 tons of tomatoes every year. Can them all, store them in the basement, have like a harvest party when it gets loaded in."
Pedophiles At The BBCGiven the BBC's history with pedophile presenters it is perhaps strange that the corporation is so quick to dismiss Pizzagate as "fake news."
Just this year Dame Janet Smith's report into the Jimmy Savile pedophile case concluded that BBC bosses must have been aware of Savile's activities when he sexual assaulted numerous young girls, some as young as 10-years-old, whilst he was presenting the BBC's Top Of The Pops program.
Another BBC employee, TV presenter Stuart Hall, was also found guilty of sexually molesting children. Again the BBC had to report that that its bosses were aware of Hall's activities and did nothing to stop it.The Independent also reported earlier this year that another BBC DJ, Dave Lee Travis, had been found guilty of sexually abusing young people. Again, earlier this year, the Daily Mirror reported that the BBC had to sack another DJ, Tony Blackburn, after he was accused of a sexual assault on a Top Of The Pops dancer. Those allegations dated back to 1971 but the Express reported last month that Blackburn had been cleared of those charges and will return to work at the BBC a year after being sacked. Mr Blackburn's alleged victim committed suicide weeks after the alleged incident.
Of course none of this proves that Alefantis, Podesta, or anyone else caught up in Pizzagate, is actually a pedophile. What it does show however is a set of very strange circumstances that people want answers to. Cries that Alefantis and Podesta are caught up in a crazy alt-right conspiracy theory and are totally innocent simply won't wash with people who think that Pizzagate stinks worse than last weeks fish.
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