Podesta Brothers and Denny Hastert: Their Connections

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Tony Podesta (left) and Denny Hastert (right) on a summer camp in Camp Nose, Japan 1965

This piece is meant to address the relationship between John and Tony Podesta, and Denny Hastert, during their younger years, and into the modern age.

Denny Hastert was the 51st speaker of the house from 1994 to 2007. He is a Republican, representing Illinois 14th Congressional district from 1987 to 2007. In May of 2015 Hastert was indicted on Federal charges for incongruities in his banking practices. Specifically relating to how he structured his banking to avoid federal reporting standards in his withdrawals. He was also charged with making false statements to federal investigators. These charges were the bread and butter of the prosecution, resulting in Hasterts conviction.

The money was being moved around to make payments to at least one young man (Individual A) as hush money for sexual abuse perpetrated by Hastert during his time at Yorkville High as a teacher and wrestling coach. Individual A has never been publicly identified. A total of 1.7 million dollars (out of a total agreed 3.5 million) had been paid out to Individual A. Police interviewed another former student of Hastert and this person also corroborated the abuse allegations. Jolene Reinboldt Burdge came forward shortly after and claimed her brother (Steve) had confided in her that he had also been abused by Hastert in high school. Steve Reinboldt died in 1995 of an AIDS related illness, and Hastert attended the viewing.

It is worth noting, that Hastert was never charged or indicted for any of the sexual abuse claims. Statute of limitations on these crimes had expired. Given that these events allegedly took place in the 1970s, there was minimal physical evidence, only sworn statements from Individual A and another victim, along with Jolene Burdges statements to the media.

On October 15, 2015 a plea deal was reached regarding the “structuring” of funds and giving false statements to federal investigators. He claimed he had been withdrawing sums of less than 10,000 dollars to avoid telling the bank what the money was being used for. Shortly after his guilty plea, Hastert suffered a stroke. His sentencing was set for February 29 2016, but was delayed so the court could hear testimony from another abuse victim, Individual D, later identified as Scott Cross. The prosecution filed a presentencing motion that alleged Hastert had molested at least 4 boys (Individuals A and D included) as young as 14 years old. The prosecution also requested Hastert to undergo sex offender evaluation, and comply with any recommended treatment.

During the sentencing period 60 letters were written to the court asking for leniency for Hastert. The judge would only admit letters if the writer made them public. 19 of these letters were withdrawn. Of the 41 remaining letters, many were from former and current lawmakers as well as the former head of the CIA, Porter Goss.

At sentencing both Jolene Burdge, and Individual D testified to Hastert abuse. Individual D, Scott Cross, is the younger brother of Tom Cross, the Republican leader of the Illinois House of Representatives and political mentor of Hastert. Hastert admitted to abusing several young men. He stated he did not remember abusing Cross, but “accepted his statement” The presiding Judge Durkin called Hastert “a serial child molester” and sentenced him to 15 months in prison with 2 years supervised release, $250,000 dollar fine and to mark him as a sex offender. Hastert is one of the highest ranking US officials ever convicted of a crime. He is expected to be released in August of 2017.

In the following e-mails John Podesta is informed of the indictment of Hastert by Jake Siewert, who jokes about the situation:

From:Jake.Siewert@gs.com
To: john.podesta@gmail.com
Date: 2015-05-28 19:36
Subject: FW: Tax Breaking News

Might be time for Denny to vanish to an undisclosed Japanese island.

E-mail

In another e-mail, Tony Podesta, brother of John Podesta, says that Denny Hastert is one of his old friends:

From:podesta@podesta.com
To: mashorie@meiji.ac.jp
CC: john.podesta@gmail.com, rknipp@adelphia.net
Date: 2015-06-01 13:26
Subject: RE: Hellow!

Dear Mac
Cant believe its almost 50 years since Camp Nose
I have stayed in touch with denny Hastert and jan ettelt and andy dolan all these years
Its wonderful to reconnect with you
Are you posted in new York?
I would love to see you
I have stayed involved with Japan and do some work for the Japanese Ambassador
Send me your contact information
I look forward to seeing you
Best
tony

Johns brother, Tony, worked at a summer camp with Hastert in Japan.

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Barack Obama, the e-mails and Comet Ping Pong

Possible connections linking Obama, former president of the United States, to Comet Ping Pong arose when James Alefantis posted a photo of Barack Obama playing ping pong with a child on Instagram.

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Source: http://www.themillenniumreport.com

In one of the e-mails, it can be read that Obama held a phone bank at the location of Comet Ping Pong:

From:info@barackobama.com
To: john.podesta@gmail.com
Date: 2012-10-21 23:28
Subject: John, can you make some calls for Virginia
________

John — Volunteers are making phone calls to support Virginia this Monday — can you join them?
https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gbx28s
Here are the details:
What: Phone bank in Washington
Where: 5037 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
When: Monday, October 22nd Shifts start at 5:00 pm
_______
E-mail which mentions Comet Ping Pong as a phone bank

If we look up the address, we can indeed see that it’s Comet Ping Pong: https://m.mapquest.com/us/district-of-columbia/restaurants-washington/comet-ping-pong-21669385

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Apart from Comet Ping Pong, other e-mails have been found in which users from Reddit thought some kind of code may be used:

From: Fred Burton [mailto:burton@stratfor.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2009 2:39 PM
To: ‘Don Kuykendall’
Cc: ‘Aaric Eisenstein’; ‘Darryl O’Connor’; ‘Copeland Susan’
Subject: RE: Get ready for “Chicago Hot Dog Friday”
I think Obama spent about $65,000 of the tax-payers money flying in
pizza/dogs from Chicago for a private party at the White House not long
ago, assume we are using the same channels?

A reply which was sent to this, said:

Email-ID 1223066
Date 2009-05-14 21:50:25
From
To burton@stratfor.com, kuykendall@stratfor.com, copeland@stratfor.com, oconnor@stratfor.com
RE: Get ready for “Chicago Hot Dog Friday”

If we get the same “waitresses,” I’m all for it!!!

Aaric S. Eisenstein

E-mail mentioning hot dogs

In a related Reddit thread ( Related Reddit thread here ) users started speculating about the meaning of the e-mails.

The user usuallyprettywrong said about the reply: “Why put “waitress” in quotes unless it has a double meaning?
Jimmydorry speculated that the code might be referring to drugs, when he said: “I think drugs.”
One user was sceptical about the amount of money mentioned: “I also think drugs… but this is seriously a fucking scandal. You’re telling me Obama spent 65K of taxpayer money on whatever the fuck this codeword is used for? It’s definitely not actual pizza and hotdogs which are readily available in DC. WTF. This should blow up. But I’m sure it won’t.
User errihu however put this claim in perspective: “65K is not that much. It might cover christmas parties for several departments, actually. Most parties thrown by government or companies run about $100 a head or more. A party at the White House might easily run $500 a head for catering and events and all the related costs (such as clean up), if parties at higher end businesses are any indication of the potential cost. A $65k party at $500 a head is 150 people. It probably came from the annual $12.7 million White House budget, which includes moneys for entertaining.

So while this is obviously not hot dogs and pizza, unless it’s hot dogs and pizza for 6500 people… this is not a gasp-worthy budget for a party by any means. I once went to a company christmas party where the company shelled out approximately $1000/person for two nights in a swanky hotel, a gourmet four-course dinner, and an open bar.

Reddit user boonamobile was sceptical, and said: “To play devil’s advocate, pizza and hot dogs are the two regionally styled foods that Chicago is most known for

Ben Swann “reality check” of CBS reports

CBS anchor Ben Swann did a “reality check” on Pizzagate on the 17th of January 2017, in which he looked at Pizzagate.

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He started the reality check with Edgar Maddisson Welch, the shooter at Comet Ping Pong, and explains that the media regarded it as fake news, after which he looks into what Pizzagate is.

He sums up the following about what it is:
– Actually from Wikileaks release of Podesta e-mails
– Around 50,000 leaked e-mails
– None mention child sex trafficking or pedophilia

He continues that there are however strangely worded e-mails:

– Dozens of e-mails mention pizza and handkerchiefs
– Code language used by pedophiles?

Swann explains how according to the mainstream media, Comet Ping Pong was somehow linked to the fake news story and had no relation to anyone involved, while Comet Ping Pong is however mentioned in the e-mails.

Swann also says that the owner of the pizzeria, James Alefantis, is a friend of John Podesta and that Alefantis is one of the most powerful people in Washington. He continues that no solid evidence exists that Comet Ping Pong is used to run a child trafficking ring, but that there are strange connections with a pizza place nearby, Besta pizza, and claimed pedophilia connections.

He shows a part of an unclassified 2007 FBI document:

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The document contains commonly used symbols by pedophiles, according to the FBI. The blue symbol on the right top signifies “boy love”. In the next shot, Swann shows what was the logo of Besta pizza:

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He says that it was their logo up to a few weeks ago and contains the blue pedophile symbol on the top right mentioned in the previous shot.

Swann says that after pizzagate researchers found out, they changed their logo to the following one:

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A triangle.

In the next part Swann starts about the parties at Comet Ping Pong and shows a poster of the band Sex Stains and says that the band has songs which joke about pedophilia and Sex Stains has a video that includes a symbol that is nearly identical to the symbol in the FBI document meaning boy love:

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He continues on Alefantis who was once in a relationship with David Brock of Media Matters for America and how Alefantis made his Instagram profile, Jimmy Comet, after pizzagate showed up, private. An archived search however revealed strange photographs and disturbing images, Swann explains.

After this he starts about the Podesta brothers. John Podesta talks in the e-mails about his close relationship with Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the house who was recently sent to prison for his abuse of boys years ago. The judge called him a “serial child molester”.

Swann concludes saying that there are some very strange things surrounding pizzagate, but that there is no proof that a child trafficking ring is run by pizza partner in Washington D.C., but that there has not be one public investigation from local police, the FBI or others.

After the release of the video, Youtube user Ryan O’ Neal, also known as Pizzagategear promoted the video on his Youtube channel.

CBS doesn’t have the video on their website since january the 19th 2017, for reasons unknown the video suddenly is unavailable: http://www.cbs46.com/clip/13036440/reality-check-is-pizzagate-fake-news

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The Daily Beast wrote a critical article about the report by Ben Swann (which can be found here: The Daily Beast – Meet Ben Swann, the Republican Pizzagate Truther Hosting Atlanta’s CBS Nightly News ) criticizing him for his former job at Russia Today and other reports he made which The Daily Beast is critical about.

The main point of criticism is that Swann didn’t reach out to any of the people and organizations involved, like Comet Ping Pong, John Podesta or the FBI. The Daily Beast also tried to reach the executives at CBS and CBS46 News for comments about the report, CBS 46 news director Frank Voicelli answered the phone after several calls, saying he didn’t have time to comment, because his news broadcast was about to start, “I will say Ben was meticulous with his fact-finding and sourcing on his Reality Check segment,” Volpicelli said about the Reality Check segment.

The Daily Mail tried to call and mail Ben Swann with no reply.
National CBS News Spokesperson Christina Robertson sent a reply after the publicatiin of the article by The Daily Beast: “WGCL-TV in Atlanta is not owned or operated by CBS. As such, CBS News has no editorial control over the station’s news product,” she said.

The Daily Beast article could however not refute any of the claims Ben Swann made and only criticized him for his relations to Republican Party members.

The James Alefantis death threats

On the 5th of January 2017, Pizzagate researcher Ryan O’ Neal uploaded a video to Youtube in which he claimed James Alefantis threatened him after distributing a video about the Pegasus Museum, owned by James Alefantis.

In the conversation Alefantis asks Ryan to take down the video about the Pegasus Museum, while keeping up the video about the Kill Room. He also asks Ryan to keep up his Voat account.

Ryan O’ Neal says he has filed a police report and the FBI supposedly is investigating the death threats.

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Police report he says he has filed

If the conversation isn’t faked is uncertain. Several users have their doubts about the video. In a related Voat thread ( https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/1541627 ), user throwawaa said that after 9 hours Ryan hadn’t given any proof yet. On Youtube several users were critical too. Some of them thought it was strange how Ryan seemed too calm for a person receiving death threats.

After this, Ryan posted a video in which he showed how the phone number referred to in the video was the one from Alefantis:

Users however were critical here too and raised questions about it, as it’s possible to register a phone number on any name and the phone number could just as well be of Comet Ping Pong.

After this Ryan released a video in which he showed that the conversation linked to Alefantis’ video, this video is however taken down of Youtube due to copyright claim by James A. Alefantis:

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RqMMm52CWxE

The video can however be seen in a video by another user:

There however still was criticism, as there was no source code shown in the video, as the source code could have been altered this video too didn’t give definitive proof for the claim.

Original Video:

FBI anon

FBI anon is an anonymous user from 4chan which emerged with a thread on the 2nd of July, 2016. He claimed to be a higher level FBI worker with inner knowledge about the Clinton Foundation.

He started the thread with: “I am a person with intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the Clinton case. I will answer as many questions as I can without giving too much away.

The user also posted with enough plausible deniability to avoid persecution and included incorrect claims to openly post.

According to the user, the Clinton Foundation is a massive spider web of connections and money laundering implicating hundreds of high-level people. Hillary Clinton would also have SAP level programs on her server, which if made public, would cause foreign war declarations.

According to him, the mainstream media tried to distract by focusing on the e-mails instead of the Clinton Foundation.

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