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Was Strauss-Kahn the target of a conspiracy?

Last Updated: Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 18:51

Wellington: A new book on former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn by American journalist Edward Jay Epstein has again revealed that he was the target of a conspiracy to weaken his chances of defeating Nicolas Sarkozy to become French president.

Epstein writes in his book that Strauss-Kahn was ‘in the crosshairs’ of observation by French authorities and had no idea his activities could be morphed into a high profile arrest for pimping.

A year ago on Monday, Strauss-Kahn was arrested for sexual assault of a Sofitel Hotel maid in Manhattan.

The charges were dropped when prosecutors decided her reliability was a problem but his political career was killed.

“There may be innocent explanations of what went on in the Sofitel ... but ... the possibility of a conspiracy cannot be ruled out,” quoted Epstein, as saying.

Epstein suspected French authorities bugged Strauss-Kahn’s phone.

He claimed Strauss-Kahn’s BlackBerry phone bafflingly went missing and had its global positioning system turned off after Strauss-Kahn left the hotel.

In an ebook Three Days in May, Epstein had claimed Strauss-Kahn took part in a sex party in Washington, and then flew to New York.

Strauss-Kahn then booked into the hotel whose parent company employed an executive close to Sarkozy`s intelligence co-coordinator, according to Epstein.


First Published: Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 18:51

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