Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
Possibly the most significant single event to thrust Pizzagate into the international media spotlight. Madeleine, born May 12, 2003, disappeared on the evening of May 3, 2007 from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, a resort in the Algarve region of Portugal. Her case has been called "the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history". This information comes from the Wikipedia article on the case.
Connection to Pizzagate
Many suspects have been named in this case, but to this day it remains an unsolved mystery. Police more recently released a 3D rendering of two possible suspects.
This image went viral after the Internet community noticed the uncanny resemblance between these two suspects and Tony and John Podesta. With the help of Wikileaks and their release of the Podesta emails, Anonymous and Reddit users were able to discover that John Podesta's email had a mysterious gap between May 4, 2007 and June 14, 2007. Not only did John not respond to emails around the time of Madeleine's disappearance, but when his records begin again there seems to be indication that he is using a new email. Multiple Delivery Status Notification (Failure)s are a sign of this.
According to a now famous Reddit user, @FBIanon, the Podesta brothers were also in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007. They were staying with an associate, Clement "Clem" Freud, who owns a villa in Praia da Luz. Freud's villa is less than a third of a mile from where Madeleine McCann was abducted.
Origin of the EFit images
The EFit images that closely resembled the Podesta brothers were not from Scotland Yard as is commonly believed, but were a result of a private investigator report commissioned by the McCann family. The McCanns were well resourced, and were frustrated with the official investigation, so they hired their own detective agency. The agency was Oakley International and was headed up by Kevin Halligen . The agency also involved ex-MI5 agents such as Henri Exton, who initially put the McCanns in touch with the agency.
This agency was the source of the efit images. The company sent personell to Ireland to interview an Irish couple who saw a suspicous man at the time and place of Madeleines disappearance, and to make the efits.
The agency subsequently defrauded the Madeleine McCann foundation of £300,000 , and produced a report in 2008 which was never released publically. Only the EFits from the report was released in 2013.
Kevin Halligen, the head of the company, Irish citizen (note the witnesses who made the EFits were Irish), was involved in Washington DC. He mixed in DC circles, LARPing as a James Bond, British spy. Perhaps he really was a spy, and is now being distanced. He was tasked with laundering money from Trafigura to Washington lobbyists, however he pocketed the money . This lead to his trial and arrest.
Given his close association with Washington DC, and the huge resemblance of the EFit images, it lays doubt on the legitimacy of the EFit images. However the fact that the EFits can be easily discredited, yet the absence of MSM coverage of them in their attempt to debunk pizzagate suggests that there is something to the EFits that is being covered up.