The fallout from Wikileaks dump of Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s emails hasn’t ended yet.
According to a dedicated group of Internet sleuths with a lot of time on their hands and a predilection for conspiracy theories that go straight to the top, Hillary Clinton and her top aides, Podesta included, are “implicated” in a child sex trafficking ring that involves the DC elite, an occultist, and Comet Ping Pong, a DC pizza parlor.
At its core, “PizzaGate” theorists allege that Clinton and Podesta are involved with a pedophile ring that operates out of the aforementioned DC pie joint. According to boards on 4Chan and Reddit, the theory simply expands from there, ensnaring thousands of high-profile politicos, entertainers and, of course, contemporary artists, in a pizza-driven orgy of Democratic politics, Satanic sacrifice, murder, dismemberment and child sex.
The pizza rumors have their origin in a few, select Podesta emails, posted by Wikileaks, that reveal the senior strategist’s penchant for Italian food. Podesta often mentions going out to get pizza, asks friends to pizza dinners, and even, allegedly, has a “pizza handkerchief” that has a DC “map of pizza” embroidered on it.
Since it’s clearly impossible to simply enjoy pizza, Reddit and 4Chan immediately delved into an in-depth investigation into what “pizza” could be a code word for, and naturally, the evidence led the Internet sleuths to uncover a multi-city pedophile ring.
The ring, according to the conspiracy theorists, is headquartered—and, apparently, meets (though rarely)—in the dining room of Comet Ping Pong, a real pizza joint in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Its global network is orchestrated through Comet’s real and now-bedraggled manager, James Alefantis. Podesta once attended a fundraiser at Comet Ping Pong, which Twitter sleuths claim has annex chambers and hidden doors to help facilitate secret meetings.
According to the Internet vigilantes, Comet Ping Pong features Illuminati-connected symbols on its menu and Alefantis, who collects contemporary art and is the former partner of Clinton friend (and Clinton SuperPAC head) David Brock, is an underground sex ring mastermind. He also has a somewhat bizarre Instagram account, which means, to 4Chan, that he must be trafficking in children (and, it seems, small farm animals).
Further descent into Reddit’s web of PizzaGate exposes even yields a connection to murders in Haiti, which they’ve further connected to the Clinton Foundation. It’s probably only a matter of time before the crack team of investigators connect the PizzaGate phenomenon to the murder of Seth Rich, the dark web’s other favorite Clinton conspiracy theory.
It’s not immediately clear whether the 4Chan and Reddit users are serious or are trolling. Most of the “PizzaGate” coverage has come on fake news sites like the ones that have Congress and Facebook agitated. It did concern PolitiFact, the independent political fact-checking website, enough for them to do a full analysis (they rated the claims ‘Pants on Fire’).