Wikileaks Email Release Ties Podestas to
Controversial ‘Spirit Cooking’ Artist
Whoever first theorized that Wikileaks would save the most explosive and lurid emails for the final days before the election seems to have hit the nail on the head.
The Internet document leaking website has published an email sent to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that included a forwarded dinner invitation from Marina Abramovic. The email was sent to Podesta by his brother, Tony Podesta.
Abramovic is a “performance artist” whose work has at times embraced the occult (as in the photo above), and who has also propounded something she refers to as “spirit cooking.” And indeed, the email Tony Podesta sent to his brother John includes a message forwarded from Abramovic in which she extends an invitation to attend a “Spirit Cooking dinner” at her home:
I am so looking forward to the Spirit Cooking dinner at my place. Do you think you will be able to let me know if your brother is joining?
All my love, Marina
Tony Podesta is founder of the Podesta Group, a lobbying firm whose client list has included Saudi Arabia. He has also worked on the campaigns of a number of prominent Democratic politicians, including Bill Clinton, and reportedly has close ties to the Obama White House.
The following tweet was posted earlier today by Wikileaks. The video in it features Abramovic setting up what apparently is intended as an “art exhibit” promoting the novel idea of “spirit cooking.”
You can also go here to watch it on YouTube. The video was uploaded in 2009 and includes the following description:
Zerynthia in collaboration with Studio Stefania Miscetti
Marina Abramovic Spirit Cooking
at Zerynthia, Paliano, Italy
1st June 1997.
assistant Bujar Sali
video by Antonio Trimani
A number of websites, including Info Wars, have posted articles on the revelations, and the story has also taken Twitter by storm.
According to Info Wars, “Spirit Cooking” is actually an occult ritual founded by Satanist Aleister Crowley.
Here are a few more selections from the Twitter storm that has erupted:
So pronounced has the social media reaction been that mainstream media outlets, along with professional debunkers such as Snopes, have exerted an effort to dismiss the whole thing as much ado about nothing. But some of these have raised more questions than they have answered. A Washington Post article headlined “No, John Podesta Didn’t Drink Bodily Fluids at a Secret Satanist Dinner,” reports that Podesta (John) did not attend the dinner and quotes Abramavic as insisting it was nothing more than a normal dinner “which I call spirit cooking.” The “artist” is additionally quoted as saying: “There was no blood, no anything else. We just call things funny names, that’s all,” yet the article goes on to concede that “Abramovic’s work as an artist can be disturbing” and also that “recipes were written on walls in blood” in the would-be art “installation.”
A similar debunking piece appeared at Town Hall, a piece which starts out by bemoaning that “the internet is in a panic today,” additionally asserting that the dinner in reality was to promote a Spirit Cooking “cookbook,” said to have been released in 1996. Why a dinner party would be held in 2015 to promote a book published 19 years previously is not explained in the article. But the writer, Katie Pavlich, does provide a description of the book, as provided by the Washington Times:
“Spirit Cooking with Essential Aphrodisiac Recipes” was released by Ms. Abramovic in 1996, but the “ingredients” call for “fresh breast milk with fresh sperm milk” to be consumed “on earthquake nights.”
New York’s Museum of Modern Art called it a “cookbook” for “evocative instructions for actions or thoughts.” Another recipe calls for “fresh morning urine.”
The debunkers point out that there is no evidence linking Hillary Clinton to Satanic practices, and certainly they are correct in this. But the fact that Podesta, her campaign chairman, would have ties to someone like Abramovic certainly has raised suspicions. And not altogether without reason. The image at the top of this post comes from the Ukrainian edition of Vogue magazine–specifically from a spread featuring Abramovic along with fashion model Crystal Renn that was published in August 2014. Virtually every photo in the spread evokes imagery of satanic worship. You can go here to see it, though be advised, some of the pictures are quite graphic.