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Podesta Acknowledges Authenticity of Leaked Emails Linked to Pedophilic Images

Updated on July 9, 2017
John Podesta on right with Hillary Clinton
John Podesta on right with Hillary Clinton

In an apparent fit of pique at President Donald Trump's Twitter storm thrusting him into the spotlight, former Hilary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta today openly acknowledged, for the first time, that emails published by Wikileaks last year before the Democratic Convention are his. Podesta blamed the publication of the emails for Clinton's loss to Trump.

Yesterday Trump tweeted from the G-20 conference in Hamburg that:

"Everyone here is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!"

Trump was referring to the Democratic National Committee server from which a separate set of emails were leaked by Wikileaks, which the DNC has accused Russian government-linked operatives of hacking. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has consistently denied Russia was the source of either the DNC or the Podesta emails.

In responding to Trump's tweets, Podesta, who has until now neither confirmed nor denied the emails' authenticity, said from a road trip,

"Get a grip man, the Russians committed a crime when they stole my emails to help get you elected President."

The leaked Podesta emails created a swirl of controversy when Internet sleuths discovered strange code talk regarding "pizza" in the emails, and graphic, disturbing images involving sex and children in the social media of Podesta's circle of friends.

One of the addressees in the emails is James Alefantis, the owner of a pizza shop which was thrust into the news when a gunman walked into the shop, fired one round, and surrendered, alleging that he was investigating the affair called Pizzagate. After the attack Hillary Clinton tweeted publicly that "fake news" has "real consequences," referring to the mainstream media's labeling of Pizzagate as "fake news."

Pizzagate involves the suspicions among a community of Internet researchers that some level of pedophilic activity may be taking place among highly-placed and powerful people among DC's power elite, including but not limited to the possession of child pornography. The mysterious code talk related to pizza, these researchers assert, may be referring to illegal activity, with the recurrent words "cheese pizza" actually meaning child pornography.

Pizzagate researchers point out that among Podesta's now acknowledged "stole[n]" emails is one from former White House press secretary Jake Siewert, expressing sympathy for former Speaker of the House and convicted child molester Dennis Hastert, a Republican and a friend of Podestas. Just before he was sentenced by an Illinois judge, former Bill Clinton press secretary Siewert wrote to Podesta: "Might be time for Denny to vanish to some undisclosed Japanese Island."

Podesta's backhanded acknowledgment of the emails' authenticity boosts the Wikileaks claim of 100% authenticity in the millions of leaked documents it has published.

CBS Atlanta's Ben Swann Report on "Pizzagate"

One of the strange items found in the Podesta emails regards a handkerchief with a "map" that is "pizza-related." The email from a Podesta friend at the "Sandler Foundation," referencing a stay at a house on Vineyard Haven, an elite playground, reads in part:

"I just came from checking the Field house and I have a square cloth handkerchief (white w/ black) that was left on the kitchen island."

A subsequent email in the thread says:

"I think it has a map that seems pizza-related. Is it yours? They can send it if you want."

The pizza shop owned by Alefantis made news earlier this year when a gunman walked in, fired one shot, and hit the computer closet where the store's computer resided. It is assumed that the computer has been destroyed and replaced.

Last December a popular Internet blogger going by the name "Titus Frost" claimed to have accessed the store's computer, through the help of a hacker associate, and found what he said were child pornography files. Frost said in a Youtube report that he had forwarded the information to the Washington DC police, but received no follow-up, beyond an initial acknowledgment of receipt of his email from an officer Marcus Stevens.

The affair known as Pizzagate has occasionally flared up in the news even as the mainstream media continually and unilaterally brands the story "fake news," the discussion of which, many mainstream pundits contend, is harming the body politic, and is even dangerous.

The Pizzagate Affair was discussed by Alefantis in an interview with Megyn Kelly of Fox News, after the gunman episode. In disputing that his social media accounts and emails contained anything untoward or suggestive of pedophilia, Alefantis referenced an Instagram message showing a photo of a smiling little girl lightly taped to a table, with a man standing behind her in the shadows.

Alefantis did not address a different message, which showed an infant in a hammock with the comment "Why does daddy like butt?"

The Trump tweet about the DNC server asking why Podesta "refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA" was apparently concerned with the fact that, although the DNC made the accusation that Russia was behind the DNC and Podesta email hacks, it refused to turn over the server to the FBI for forensic analysis when the FBI offered its services to get to the bottom of the leak.

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