Perhaps Strauss-Kahn Really WAS Set Up?

Dominque Strauss-Kahn

Lots of people questioned the convenient timing of the Strauss-Kahn arrest, and I pooh-poohed them. Now The New York Times is reporting that the woman who accused former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault is turning out to be a very different sort of person from the simple hotel maid she had originally appeared to be–so much so that the case against Strauss-Kahn is “on the verge of collapse.”

Although forensic tests found unambiguous evidence of a sexual encounter between Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, and the woman, prosecutors do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself.

Since her initial allegation on May 14, the accuser has repeatedly lied, one of the law enforcement officials said….Among the discoveries, one of the officials said, are issues involving the asylum application of the 32-year-old housekeeper, who is Guinean, and possible links to criminal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering.

Either the woman or her boyfriend, who is currently in jail for possession of 400 pounds of pot, has apparently been using her name to facilitate a drug dealing operation. She claims she didn’t know anything about all this, but she was recorded talking to the jailed man about how they could profit from the sexual assault charges against Strauss-Kahn.

They also learned that she was paying hundreds of dollars every month in phone charges to five different companies. The woman insisted she only had a single phone and said she knew nothing about the deposits except that they were made by a man she described as her fiancé and his friends.

Could she have been paid to set Strauss-Kahn up and get him fired from the IMF as well as dropped from consideration as a candidate for President of France? If so, who set him up? Who had motive, means, and opportunity, and who benefited? I see a couple of possibilities:

1. The Brits and Americans wanted him off the IMF so they could really stick it to Greece. Strauss-Kahn is a socialist and was talking about trying to help struggling countries. Obviously the Obama administration or some rogue element in the government had means and opportunity.

2. Sarkozy wanted to get rid of a dangerous rival for the French presidency and also to install his Finance Minister as head of the IMF. He would probably need cooperation from the Obama administration or the aforementioned rogue government elements to get the NYPD on board. (Coincidentally (or not?), Sarkozy was attacked in France today).

Are there other possibilities I’ve overlooked?

43 Comments on “Perhaps Strauss-Kahn Really WAS Set Up?”

  1. jawbone says:

    Don’t forget that Geithner stepped in to nix the haircut S-K had proposed for Ireland’s creditors. Timmie went to the EU bank heads and told them to kill that possibility. *(Too tired tonight to look it up — I may have posted the Irish news article here….).

    Then, Lipsky, the American interim acting head of the IMF stepped in to shut down talk of haircuts for Greece’s creditors. He put lots of pressure on Merkel to keep her from pushing for accommodations from the banksters involved.

    And now France has a French woman as head of the IMF, but the US also has very Americanized French woman in that position. What’s not to like?

  2. dakinikat says:

    This just gets more interesting all the time. The only question I have is that is this all germane to the rape accusation? Is this like saying a hooker or a wife can’t be raped?

    • bostonboomer says:

      Another excellent point. But I think the claim will be that she initiated the sex, since he has a rep for being always up for it.

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    Wow, this is something…but I can’t help thinking that he is a sexual predator, and he is going to get away with it now that this new development has been made public.

  4. Branjor says:

    Sarkozy was attacked in the Bronx today.

    ?? That wasn’t the Bronx, that was Brax in southwestern France.

  5. jillforhill says:

    Poor old WHITE man. How dare this dirty minority woman who is not pure and not a PROGRESSIVE accuse him of rape,she had to be asking for it. She should be pleased he would even acknowlege her. I wonder if the man was a minority and the woman was white if the NY Times would be going after her. The NY Times blamed the hispanic child in Texas for being raped. You know us minorities start being sults as children according to the NY Times.

    It is bad for all women,but if you are a minority you are SOL and asked for it.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Well, that’s a theory too, but are you saying all the other stuff about her isn’t true?

      • jillforhill says:

        It could be true,but does that make it any less of a crime of what she says he did to her. Can you tell me race is not part of this? I believe some of his supporters think he can have the most beautiful white women,so what would he want with a minority maid. It upsets me because the progressives are trying to do to this woman what they did to the child in Texas who got raped when they found out the suspects were black,they nicely tried to make it seem that maybe she was a little to blame.

        If she is lying and he was set up I will write him a letter apologizing.

      • bostonboomer says:

        No, the guy is still a predator and, as you say, if the woman were rich and white, they wouldn’t be so quick to backtrack on the charges.

        • dakinikat says:

          There’s a lot of them out there …

          Man is charged with sexually assaulting unconscious woman on sidewalk – Kansas City Star:

          Prosecutors have accused a 48-year-old man of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on a sidewalk in broad daylight Wednesday and later telling police, “I thought that lady was dead.”

          OY! being dead makes it what, okay?

      • jillforhill says:

        I want to make it very clear,I am not saying you or anyone here is doing what I have seen other progressives say about this issue that is makeing me upset,

      • PJ says:

        I hear you jill – it’s not only the racism, but the classism that is pissing me off with progressive dudes. This is a comment I heard from one such dude – “the dumbass stuck his dick in the maid – the MAID!” Nice. Like he stuck his dick in a tree and it got caught. How stupid! These are the guys who are “on our side.”

  6. janicen says:

    I so wanted to believe that law enforcement and the media took a rape victim’s claims seriously and acted swiftly to apprehend the rapist. I should have known it was a setup. What was I thinking?

    • jawbone says:

      Yes, really, usually, unless there’s an underlying agenda, situations like this are handled with more discretion while the initial investigation is going on. There seems to have been a push for high publicity on this case. But I could be wrong, as I don’t follow every case of alleged rape in NYC (I don’t even follow every Law&Order show!).

  7. paper doll says:

    At the time I said, yeah he’s a pig, but the swiftness with which the police worked , and the media’s taking up for the maid ,told me is was NOT about a crime at the hotel .

    Keeping him in jail for days was about getting him to resign …as soon as he did, it was open says-me….when the systems works like it does on TV…..then sumthin ain’t right . It was all to get him out of the picture…now that he is, the case can implode, because they will not let the peon maid win over one of their own. She has served her purpose

    and who paid for the cental casting maid jeering mob when he came to court? …that would be an interesting answer.

    it was theater…the only thing allowed on TV news…or TV and the media generally for that matter

  8. paper doll says:

    progressive dudes hate women because they supposedly care about stuff like the environment . In their minds, this so threatens their “manhood” they have to make a huge difference between themselves and , ugh, women

    In short, just like their conservative counterparts, they think caring about such issues make them women…and they have to let you know over and over they aren’t horrible wimmez!!

    as for the classicism, the progressives love the downtrodden as long as they stay DOWN and a source of their, I’m a hero fantasies . The barry love is in part about his promise to keep they safe from the lower classes ….while pretending to give a damn of course. Oh yeah , they are freedom riders for sure! lol!

    • jawbone says:

      Huh? I’ve known liberal, left, progressive dudes who are cads about how they treat women; I’ve also know many who are caring, thoughtful, etc. I know lots who are middling, making mistakes, doing well on the whole, but hurting others sometimes without even realizing it.

      And I’m sure there are some male conservationists, environmentalists, scientists in those fields who are cads along with many who are just normal, decent guys.

      Same goes for women and how they treat others.

      This may just be a semantics difference in how I’m reading your comment, but, really, I can’t see painting with such a broad brush.

      • paper doll says:

        I paint with a board brush indeed…. Like with comedy , I over state to make a statement and then the reader finds what’s true or not for themselves 🙂

        I’ve also know many who are caring, thoughtful, …

        what did they say about the Hillary bashing in ’08 ? I know many the same, but they still won’t say anything as others bash …they just look” pained” …that’s suppose to be enough ! lol!

      • Branjor says:

        I saw a caring, thoughtful guy on Thanksgiving. He sat down with his elderly grandmother for a while and was very solicitous of her. Then he got up and started interacting with some of the guys in his family and they were definitely a boys club. I could see then he really thought of her as someone who was inferior and to be humored. (I think that’s it. It’s hard to explain.) Later on, he went back to tending to his grandma for a bit.

  9. mjames says:

    I warned about rushing to judgment. And I’ll warn again. Just because a poor woman of color is making accusations against a pig of a man does not make them true. And just because she herself turns about to be a sleaze does not make the accusations untrue (although the strength of any criminal case against him certainly depends on the strength of her credibility in a he said/she said scenario and that’s as it’s supposed to be in this country).

    IMO, there were larger forces at work – either setting the guy up or taking advantage of his behavior to oust him – not that the job is complete, who cares about the truth, right?

    My guess is: it’s all CIA, all the time. Including, but not limited to Obama, our government, and the media. The media may not know it, or all of the media may not know it, but that’s because they’re idiots and their livelihoods depends on them not knowing it. This guy had to be thrown out of the IMF. Period. Mission accomplished.

    But I do want to repeat: just because a woman is making charges DOES NOT MAKE THEM TRUE. That’s like saying Bachmann would make a great president because she’s a woman.

    I really appreciate this post, bb. Thank you.

  10. jawbone says:

    Guest on WNYC’s Brian Leher Show this morning made the point that there were big, unusual leaks in this case, very early on. She said Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance said on Day One things which seemed to indicate a slam dunk for winning the case against Strauss-Kahn.

    But, a poster at NYPD Confidential noted a huge difference in Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s reaction to the leaks about Strauss-Kahn and another high profile case where there were leaks.

    I still wonder how so much information got out to the media so fast. Again, who leaked, NYPD or the DA’s office? Why so much leaking?

    An interesting tidbit: Since Sarkozy viewed S-K as a pretty certain opponent for the presidency, is the fact the Sarko was a friend of NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly of any importance in how this was handled?

    In 2006, Ray Kelly was awarded France’s Legion of Honor by France’s Interior Minister, then one Nicolas Sarkozy. The two have remained close since then.

    More info from this post by Leonard Levitt of NYPD Confidential:

    Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s tepid response to allegations that the NYPD has leaked damaging information about the sexual assault case of International Monetary Fund ex-leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn is so out of character it makes one wonder.

    “I certainly hope that’s not the case,” Kelly said of the alleged police leaks, after Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers complained that the disclosures were damaging his right to a fair trial.

    Such a meek response from the police department’s micromanaging commissioner raises this question: Could Kelly be deliberately seeking to discredit Strauss-Kahn?
    Those alleged NYPD leaks about Strauss-Kahn to the media were devastating. They involved reports that he supposedly attempted to flee to France after the alleged rape, and other reports that his DNA matched semen found on the maid’s clothing.

    While this column would never suggest that Kelly might do anything unethical or improper [other than accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in freebies from the non-profit Police Foundation or having detectives from his detail chauffeur his wife around town], it is interesting to contrast his response to the Strauss-Kahn leaks with his draconian reaction to leaks in another high-profile sexual assault case, which occurred a few months before he received his Legion of Honor award.

    That was the murder of Imette St. Guillen, a graduate student found raped and bound off the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn after she left a SoHo bar.

    Then, Kelly was so disturbed over leaks that he launched a sweeping probe of the NYPD’s entire Detective Bureau. (My emphasis)

    There seem to be layers upon layers upon layers in this situation….

  11. foxyladi14 says:

    like an onion 🙂

  12. propertius says:

    The possibilities *aren’t* mutually exclusive:

    1) DSK *may* be a rapist
    2) His accuser *may* have criminal connections (or be a criminal herself)
    3) DSK’s political/economic adversaries *may* be exploiting the situation

    Or, any or all of these may be false.

    This is why we have courts, juries, and rules of evidence.

    • Eddie says:

      As far as the accuser being a criminal is concerned, there is no doubt in my mind that if such was the case she would of been arrested a long time ago. If the District Attorney’s office had one credible shred of evidence of such they would of pursued it and prosecuted her. A much easier way of unloading this ‘hot potato’ than the weak excuse that they are using now.

  13. PJ says:

    He’s a pig of a man – that’s my issue. Guilty or innocent of this particular offense, there is plenty of evidence that he’s a sexist pig. He has a history of taking advantage of women. Feminists, left-leaning women have to continually put up with such pigs in bargaining for a few crumbs. I’m tired it. Maybe he was set up by the pigs on the other side using the maid as a pawn. (I’m not saying I believe that). At the end of the day, the man is still a pig. He IS still in control of his own dick – isn’t he? Or is there evidence that the maid raped him? The poor, wonderful, left leaning nice guy is a victim?

    No disrespect to BB intended. Good post.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Of course he’s a pig. I just posted the article. I didn’t express any opinions. I don’t know why anyone would think I’m defending this predator. This was just intended as a silly late night post.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Even if Strauss-Kahn gets off, which he probably would have anyway, this episode has raised awareness of what female hotel workers have to put up with and how often they are sexually exploited.

    • PJ says:

      I think it IS serious – like you said, hopefully it highlights what female hotel workers have to put up with. I hope it also highlights what women on the left have to put with. In a word – pigs.

      But I think it’s a valuable philosophical question for women on the left. Do we tolerate the pigs on the left in order to gain a few rights, or do we not? If we don’t, it means the pigs on the right continue with their slaughter. I honestly struggle with this problem. At the moment… I’m tired of the pigs on the left…

      • bostonboomer says:

        I totally agree.

      • Branjor says:

        The means are the ends. If you tolerate pigs, you get pigs, period. Doesn’t matter if they’re left or right. Any “rights” they offer us as crumbs in exchange for your toleration of their pigginess are subject to recall at the whim of the pigs, such as the right to abortion. Witness the wonders Obama has done for the right to choose. I honestly don’t think abortion would have any standing at all as an issue among left wing males if it didn’t make it possible for them to f*ck women more often and not be stuck with the consequences of a child. At some point, women are just going to have to transcend this either/or dichotomy and fight our battles in more creative and intending to win ways.

  14. paper doll says:

    No one here is defending him for sure!lol! …but when the system roars like a lion in seeming defence of the maid, it’s not acting in defence of the maid…not by a long shot..What he is, is of no importance to the system. It’s all about who he is.

    If the NYPD Police Commissioner is a close friend of Nicolas Sarkozy , then Strauss-Kahn was foolish to be without a body guard/witness every moment while in NYC…very foolish .

    • PJ says:

      “What” he is, is endemic to the system. That’s my point… He’s an ass and a pig – and a very important person for “my side.” I’m just trying to figure out how all that somehow works out in my favor. Lesser of two evils?

      • PJ says:

        I’ll respond to my own comment… Women need to be in positions of power. They rarely equate power with sex (a common problem with their male counterparts).

  15. system_reset says:

    What I find most interesting about this entire ordeal is that within a WEEK of selecting Christine Lagarde as the NEW IMF president they now say OOPS, our bad!!! and release DSK!!! I agree that he is a womanizing horndog, and should pay. However, there is a shadowy underworld of powerful people who do not want the “common folk” to know about. Like it or not they are the power players and DSK was going to upset the now delicate financial world by trying to replace the DOLLAR, as the world reserve currency, and replace it with a SDR solution. (see feb 11 cnn money). Next thing you know he’s arrested for assaulting a woman. They cannot risk anything to upset the status quo. So, they take his weakness and use it against him to put him in his place. They are only teaching him a lesson that’s why he’s free now. Otherwise, he would’ve been found as a suicide the first night in jail. However, since he’s no longer running the IMF, and no longer a France Presidential threat. Problem solved.

    • bostonboomer says:

      It does seem like a bit of a coinky-dink, doesn’t it. I saw discussions today that he could still run for president of France if he gets off. Sarkozy has his own sexual peccadillos.