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November 28th, 2016
Over the past few weeks we have seen “#pizzagate” mentioned all over social-media. At first we completely overlooked it due to the (misleadingly) silly name as well as being buried by the flood of news regarding the election and ongoing Presidential transition. However, once we noticed the increasingly frequent mention of this hashtag we couldn’t help but take a look. After viewing some videos and reports by people online, we were intrigued but expected to find sources proving that it was just a conspiracy theory. After viewing reports from NYTimes.com and Snopes.com claiming to “debunk”this conspiracy theory, we were surprised to find that the debunks were much less substantive than many of the so-called “conspiracy theorists”. We initially decided to do our own research and write a substantive debunk of our own. This plan was changed not even ten minutes into viewing the emails leaked to wikileaks.org regarding Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta. We will show many specific examples of the suspicious emails later in this article, but we suggest you look into this for yourself as well. Due to the sheer amount of claims being bunched together as #PizzaGate we decided to make this into an multi-part, ongoing investigation. The following report will be broken down into sections, each focusing on a major claim being made in regards to this conspiracy, with the goal of objectively separating fact from speculation and disinformation.
PART I. Code Words Used in the Emails
One thing anyone who views the emails for themselves has to admit is that words such as”pizza””hotdog” and”pasta” are being used as code for something. The following emails are copied from the verified archive of Podesta emails on Wikileaks.org.
Mary and John I think you should give notice when changing strategies which have been long in place. I immediately realized something was different by the shape of the box and I contemplated who would be sending me something in the square shaped box. Lo and behold, instead of pasta and wonderful sauces, it was a lovely, tempting assortment of cheeses, Yummy. I am awaiting the return of my children and grandchildren from their holiday travels so that we can demolish them. Thank you so much. I hope you and your gang are well. I miss you both Best wishes fro a merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Ps. Do you think I’ll do better playing dominos on cheese than on pasta?”
“On Mar 3, 2016, at 6:40 PM, John Podesta <email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> wrote:
I’m going to pass. I have too much to do before heading to Michigan tomorrow. No need for pizza. On Thursday, March 3, 2016, Tony Podesta <email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> wrote:
29 st between park and Madison right around corner Let me know Or I could bring a
pizza home Tony
Sent from my iPhone”
The next three months are going to be rougher internally than in Beijing. Between 7th and 1600, no fun. Hope you’re doing ok. I’m dreaming about your hotdog stand in Hawaii…“
‘”To: email@example.com Date: 2014-09-04 11:06
Subject: RE: Did you leave a handkerchief
On Sep 2, 2014 2:54 PM, “Sandler, Susan”
<firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>> wrote: Hi John, The realtor found a handkerchief (I think it has a map that seems pizza-related. Is it yorus? They can send it if you want. I know you’re busy, so feel free not to respond if it’s not yours or you don’t want it.
square cloth handkerchief (white w/ black) that was left on the kitchen island. Happy to send it via the mail if you let me know where I should send it. I also meant to inquire yesterday about the pillows you purchased. I can send them as well, if you let me know where they are in the house. Susan & Herb I just came from checking the Field house and I have a
Safe travels to all
These are just a few of the emails containing phrases that seem to be code for something else. Within the archive there are 149 emails containing the word “pizza”, 79 mentioning “pasta”, and that’s just two of the phrases in question. We encourage you to look for yourselves.
Conclusion: After analyzing the many, many emails containing supposed code-words, we have reached the conclusion that this claim is well supported. We came to this conclusion based on how many of the times “pizza”, “pasta” and other words are used in ways that don’t make sense in context. What these words are code for is a whole other topic that we will be covering in tomorrow’s update.
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PART II. Breaking the Code
For tonight’s segment we attempted to decode the alleged code words used throughout the emails. If you have been following this conspiracy theory at all you probably heard assertions that these words are being used as code for child trafficking and/or pedophilia. Unfortunately, most of the coverage on this has been based on mostly speculation and false or weak information. To make this as accurate as possible and avoid circulating bad information, for we decided to only use sources that were published prior to the Podesta email leak.
1.” Handkerchief Code”
The first alleged code word we were able to find a legitimate background to was the “handkerchief code
“. This code has been used primarily by individuals with unconventional sexual preferences such as homosexuals and BDSM practitioners, as well as others seeking to subtly broadcast their sexual preferences to others
. It is important to keep in mind that this code has many variations. It may also be code for something else entirely.
As you can see in the above email, the words “Pizza”, “Map” and “Handkerchief” are being used in a way that would make no sense in context unless they are code for something other than their usual meanings. We will cover each of these words in individual segments, but as for handkerchief code it is certainly a real thing. That being said, there is no reason to rule out that they may be using the same code system, but with different meaning than the traditional handkerchief code. One rumor that has been circulating is that according to handkerchief code “white” stands for child/virgin. After much research we could not find any legitimate source to substantiate this claim.
Conclusion: While handkerchief code is certainly a real thing, and has been traditionally used by underground sexual communities, there is no evidence that the mention of the “handkerchief” in the Podesta emails has anything to do with pedophilia or child trafficking… or even sex at all for that matter. While it does indeed seem to be used as code for something, it would be mere speculation to assume what that code is at this point.
November 30th-December 1st, 2016
*Sorry for the delay with this update. Apparently some of the links we had to this article were taken down, particularly on Facebook. We have have posted new links in place of the ones that got taken down without explanation, and as of writing this believe they are all functioning properly. Now that the issue is (hopefully) resolved here is our latest update:
To begin, we want to make our intentions clear. We are not trying to push a conspiracy theory or spread bullshit information. To the contrary, we are attempting to provide a honest analysis of the allegations making up #PizzaGate. Here at Across the Lines: News and Analysis our goal is to provide an objective analysis of current events. Unlike the mainstream media, we do not simply dismiss stories as “conspiracy theories” without first giving them an honest evaluation. Whether the mainstream media likes it or not, “#PizzaGate” has caught the attention of countless people, many of whom have conducted their own investigations. Some have made reasonable, well supported claims regarding their findings, while others have taken one suspicious fact and morphed it into a whole conspiracy based on mostly speculation. Our investigation’s goal is to separate the speculative bullshit from the legitimate, supported aspects of the #PizzaGate scandal.
*More to come Shortly