By the 1970s, the Stasi had decided that the methods of overt persecution that had been employed up to that time, such as arrest and torture, were too crude and obvious. It was realised that psychological harassment was far less likely to be recognised for what it was, so its victims, and their supporters, were less likely to be provoked into active resistance, given that they would often not be aware of the source of their problems, or even its exact nature. Zersetzung was designed to side-track and "switch off" perceived enemies so that they would lose the will to continue any "inappropriate" activities.
Podesta is strongly suspected of pedophilia, not simply because he managed Clinton’s campaign, but because in the leak of his emails there was a great deal of circumstantial evidence that he is involved in a pedophilia ring – strange statements about partying in pools with kids, code language known to be used by pedophiles, connections to businesses and groups that use pedophilia symbols on their logos and documents, run by people whose tumblr, etc., accounts, were rife with jokes and symbols and coded langauge regarding peophilia, etc. I mean, have you even bothered looking into this, or have you just blithely received whatever dismissal your Left-wing information sources managed to serve up on a plate of snark?