Dominique Strauss-Kahn Set Up?

A new book on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex scandal has renewed claims that the former IMF boss was the target of a conspiracy to undermine his chances of defeating Nicolas Sarkozy to become French president.

American journalist Edward Jay Epstein found Mr Strauss-Khan was ”in the crosshairs” of surveillance by French authorities and had no idea his activities could be morphed into a high profile arrest for pimping.

A year ago on Monday, the former managing director of the IMF was arrested for sexual assault of a Sofitel Hotel maid in Manhattan. The charges were dropped when prosecutors decided her credibility was a problem but his political career was shot down in flames.

Epstein clearly believed the maid was part of a conspiracy to ruin Strauss-Khan.

”There may be innocent explanations of what went on in the Sofitel … but … the possibility of a conspiracy cannot be ruled out,” he said.

In an ebook Three Days in May, Epstein said Strauss-Kahn had taken part in a sex party in Washington and then flown to New York and booked into the hotel whose parent company employed an executive close to Mr Sarkozy’s intelligence coordinator.

Epstein alleged French authorities bugged his phone. He said Strauss-Kahn’s BlackBerry phone mysteriously went missing and had its global positioning system turned off after Strauss-Kahn left the hotel and coincidentally when the maid re-entered his suite for no apparent reason. He only noticed the disappearance in a taxi and called the hotel to see if it had been found, a call that led to his arrest.

Epstein used CCTV footage, mobile phones, credit-card charges, radio police logs and the Sofitel’s electronic key-swipe records to conclude Mr Strauss-Kahn had been set up. He said the actions of the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, added to the mystery.

Forensic testing of the $US3000-a-night suite found body fluids not only from Strauss-Kahn and Diallo, but from six other individuals.

Records showed Diallo went in and out of a certain room on his floor several times and entered his suite twice without her cleaning equipment.

After the alleged assault, he left to lunch with his daughter and Ms Diallo re-entered his suite. It took a further hour before she and security called police.

-Sydney Morning Herald

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