The recent arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being called a “set-up” in the European press, especially the French press. Why? Well, there are many reasons, the main reason being the distrust of the American Intelligence agencies by many European nations. The Europeans also know that the American press routinely does not print the full truth when it comes to stories about international events, tending to skew favorably towards the military-industrial complex/corporate opinion instead of the cold hard facts. The articles below point out hoe the Europeans feel about what has transpired in the DSK case and what the real truth may be.
By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press – Sun May 22, 8:32 am ET
PARIS – Forget what the New York prosecutor says about Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The doubters in France are legion and the country is abuzz with conspiracy theories.
Did Strauss-Kahn bring on his own ruin at a luxury Manhattan hotel? Or did his political enemies in France set him up in a sinister plot to undo the known womanizer who was a top contender to become France’s next president?
From the moment that Strauss-Kahn’s arrest for the alleged sexual assault of a chambermaid flashed around the world, doubts emerged in France. A week later, with evidence still under wraps and the accused and the accuser silent, speculation abounds.
A poll Thursday suggested that a majority of French, 57 percent, think Strauss-Kahn was the victim of a plot. In a country where low blows pepper the political culture, where people think politicians will do almost anything to keep their perks and where President Nicolas Sarkozy’s approval ratings are sinking relentlessly, a plot against the increasingly powerful IMF chief seems plausible to many.
“The trap, you cannot not think of it,” Cooperation Minister Henri de Raincourt conceded on Radio France International a day after the arrest. “But we must let justice follow its course without any prior assumptions.”
Strauss-Kahn himself is reported to have voiced fears of a setup involving an alleged rape victim last month with a journalist.
And then there are the precedents.
Former conservative Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin is now in a slander trial that grew out of accusations he had wind of a dirty tricks campaign against Sarkozy in 2004 and failed to stop it. Sarkozy has said he believes the scheme was meant to upend his 2007 presidential bid.
Doubts are still raised over the 1994 suicide, in his office at the presidential Elysee Palace, of the man considered former Socialist President Francois Mitterrand’s closest counselor, Francois de Grossouvre.
And there are those who wonder, nearly two decades later, who really aimed the gun in the 1993 suicide of former Prime Minister Pierre Beregovoy.
Strauss-Kahn’s fall from grace on May 14 was brutal. It came minutes before his trans-Atlantic flight for a meeting, as chief of the International Monetary Fund, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The 62-year-old Socialist who led popularity polls for next year’s presidential race insists he is innocent and has resigned from his job at the IMF to fight the charges.
He was indicted by a grand jury on charges including criminal sexual abuse and attempted rape for allegedly attacking a 32-year-old maid, a West African immigrant, in his suite at the Sofitel. Strauss-Kahn is now under house arrest in Manhattan, watched by armed guards and tracked with an electronic bracelet, as he prepares his defense.
The French press and Internet forums are flooded with questions from those who suspect a setup or are true believers in his innocence.
• Why would he call the hotel from the airport to recover a forgotten cell phone if he was guilty?
• Why not simply arrange for a female companion rather than assault a maid?
• Why would a maid enter Strauss-Kahn’s presidential suite unaccompanied?
“At this stage of the investigation, the hypothesis of a manipulation cannot be swept aside,” sociologist Michele Fize wrote in Sunday’s Le Monde newspaper.
Le Monde also quoted the director general of the top French firm handling housekeeping in luxury hotels as saying a maid could be fired for entering an occupied room alone. Luxury hotel maids know the protocol: knock, wait, announce oneself, knock again, open the door slightly, said Marie-Francoise Litaudon of the Francaise de Service Group.
Socialist allies thought they saw bids to damage Strauss-Kahn’s image weeks before the arrest, when paparazzi arrived in April to photograph him getting into a flashy Porsche. It wasn’t his car, it belonged to a friend, but that elitist image won’t sit well with Socialist voters. That was followed by an allegation in the France-Soir newspaper that Strauss-Kahn wore $35,000 suits.
“There is a campaign against the personality of Dominique Strauss-Kahn,” Socialist lawmaker Jean-Marie Le Guen told Europe-1 radio only hours before the Frenchman was arrested.
A journalist for the left-leaning newspaper Liberation said the politician himself foresaw dirty tricks in the upcoming presidential campaign and confided in an off-the-record meeting April 28 the three obstacles he faced: “money, women and my Jewishness.”
“Yes, I love women … So what?” journalist Antoine Guiral quoted him as saying. Strauss-Kahn even predicted one possible line of attack against him — “a woman raped in a parking lot who has been promised 500,000 or a million euros to invent such a story,” Guiral quoted him as saying.
A poll by the CSA firm showed that 57 percent of 1,007 adults questioned at their homes believed Strauss-Kahn was “certainly” or “probably” the victim of a plot, compared to 32 who felt this was “certainly” or “probably” not true. Those polled May 16 were of all levels of education, it said. No margin of error was provided but it would be plus or minus 3 percentage points for a poll of that size.
Bruno Cautres, an analyst at CEVIPOF, a think tank of the prestigious school Science Po where Strauss-Kahn taught for years, says the enormity of the affair and the wave of “this is impossible” remarks by Socialist Party figures may have colored national opinion in favor of a plot theory.
“Whatever the country, there will always be those who believe in a plot (to explain) a dramatic phenomenon,” he said. “That is a natural tendency because this phenomenon seems unexplainable and we seek explanations.”
Strauss-Kahn’s reputation as a successful womanizer makes an alleged sexual assault even less credible because he had ample access to willing women, doubters say. The French barely shrugged when the IMF investigated Strauss-Kahn for a 2008 affair with an employee then absolved him of wrongdoing.
“We have a political culture by which we will pardon a lot of politicians for behavior in private life and not necessarily make the equation that bad behavior in private life equals bad behavior in political life,” said Cautres.
Cautres himself dismissed the notion of a plot. “Who would organize it … given the risk of a leak, of a spectacular revelation?” he asked.
However, Strauss-Kahn’s defense team will surely be looking for that “banana peel” that centrist politician Dominique Paille suggested may have been strategically dropped.
What about that tweet on Strauss-Kahn that set off a frenzy in France from a Science Po masters student who belonged to the youth wing of Sarkozy’s conservative UMP party?
“A pal in the United States just let me know that DSK was arrested by police in New York an hour ago,” Jonathan Pinet tweeted at 22:59 p.m. Paris time (2059 GMT, 4:59 p.m. EDT) on May 14. The timing would be shortly after Strauss-Kahn was escorted off on an Air France plane in New York.
Rejecting any conspiracy ties, Pinet later explained his information came in a Facebook chat with a friend who has another friend who works at the Sofitel in New York — and who likely mistook the happenings there hours earlier for the actual arrest.
Here is an article from a known disinformation agent. Look at the following story carefully. Could it be that there is a shred of truth in this “disinformation”?
A new report prepared for Prime Minister Putin by the Federal Security Service (FSB) says that former International Monetary Fund (IMF) ChiefDominique Strauss-Kahn was charged and jailed in the US for sex crimes on May 14th after his discovery that all of the gold held in the United States Bullion Depository located at Fort Knox was ‘missing and/or unaccounted’ for.
According to this FSB secret report, Strauss-Kahn had become “increasingly concerned” earlier this month after the United States began “stalling” its pledged delivery to the IMF of 191.3 tons of gold agreed to under the Second Amendment of the Articles of Agreement signed by the Executive Board in April 1978 that were to be sold to fund what are called Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) as an alternative to what are called reserve currencies.
This FSB report further states that upon Strauss-Kahn raising his concerns with American government officials close to President Obama he was‘contacted’ by ‘rogue elements’ within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who provided him ‘firm evidence’ that all of the gold reported to be held by the US ‘was gone’.
Upon Strauss-Kahn receiving the CIA evidence, this report continues, he made immediate arrangements to leave the US for Paris, but when contacted by agents working for France’s General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) that American authorities were seeking his capture he fled to New York City’s JFK airport following these agents directive not to take his cell-phone because US police could track his exact location.
Once Strauss-Kahn was safely boarded on an Air France flight to Paris, however, this FSB report says he made a ‘fatal mistake’ by calling the hotel from a phone on the plane and asking them to forwarded the cell-phone he had been told to leave behind to his French residence, after which US agents were able to track and apprehend him.
Within the past fortnight, this report continues, Strauss-Kahn reached out to his close friend and top Egyptian banker Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar to retrieve from the US the evidence given to him by the CIA. Omar, however, and exactly like Strauss-Kahn before him, was charged yesterday by the US with a sex crime against a luxury hotel maid, a charge the FSB labels as ‘beyond belief’ due to Omar being 74-years-old and a devout Muslim.
In an astounding move puzzling many in Moscow, Putin after reading this secret FSB report today ordered posted to the Kremlin’s official website a defense of Strauss-Khan becoming the first world leader to state that the former IMF chief was a victim of a US conspiracy. Putin further stated, “It’s hard for me to evaluate the hidden political motives but I cannot believe that it looks the way it was initially introduced. It doesn’t sit right in my head.”
Interesting to note about all of these events is that one of the United States top Congressman, and 2012 Presidential candidate, Ron Paul [photo bottom left]has long stated his belief that the US government has lied about its gold reserves held at Fort Knox. So concerned had Congressman Paul become about the US government and the Federal Reserve hiding the truth about American gold reserves he put forward a bill in late 2010 to force an audit of them, but which was subsequently defeated by Obama regime forces.
When directly asked by reporters if he believed there was no gold in Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve, Congressman Paul gave the incredible reply, “I think it is a possibility.”
Also interesting to note is that barely 3 days after the arrest of Strauss-Kahn, Congressman Paul made a new call for the US to sell its gold reserves by stating, “Given the high price it is now, and the tremendous debt problem we now have, by all means, sell at the peak.”
Bizarre reports emanating from the US for years, however, suggest there is no gold to sell, and as we can read as posted in 2009 on the ViewZone.Com news site:
“In October of 2009 the Chinese received a shipment of gold bars. Gold is regularly exchanges between countries to pay debts and to settle the so-called balance of trade. Most gold is exchanged and stored in vaults under the supervision of a special organization based in London, the London Bullion Market Association (or LBMA). When the shipment was received, the Chinese government asked that special tests be performed to guarantee the purity and weight of the gold bars. In this test, four small holed are drilled into the gold bars and the metal is then analyzed.
Officials were shocked to learn that the bars were fake. They contained cores of tungsten with only a outer coating of real gold. What’s more, these gold bars, containing serial numbers for tracking, originated in the US and had been stored in Fort Knox for years. There were reportedlybetween 5,600 to 5,700 bars, weighing 400 oz. each, in the shipment!”
To the final fate of Strauss-Kahn it is not in our knowing, but new reports coming from the United States show his determination not to go down without a fight as he has hired what is described as a ‘crack team’ of former CIA spies, private investigators and media advisers to defend him.
To the practical effects on the global economy should it be proved that the US, indeed, has been lying about its gold reserves, Russia’s Central Bank yesterday ordered the interest rate raised from 0.25 to 3.5 percent and Putin ordered the export ban on wheat and grain crops lifted by July 1st in a move designed to fill the Motherlands coffers with money that normally would have flowed to the US.
The American peoples ability to know the truth of these things, and as always, has been shouted out by their propaganda media organs leaving them in danger of not being prepared for the horrific economic collapse of their nation now believed will much sooner than later.
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