Saturday, November 26, 2011

DSK Mysteries

Only two people really know what happened during those seven minutes in Dominique Strauss-Kahn's hotel room on the afternoon of May 14, 2011 but this article raises some very interesting questions.

A few curious passages from NY Books...

  • Before joining Accor Group [which owns the Sofitel] in 2003, RenĂ©-Georges Querry, head of security had worked closely in the police with Ange Mancini, who is now coordinator for intelligence for President Sarkozy. Querry, at the time that Sheehan was making his call, was arriving at a soccer match in Paris where he would be seated in the box of President Sarkozy.
  • Less than two minutes [after the call was placed to 911], the footage from the surveillance cameras shows Yearwood and an unidentified man walking from the security office to an adjacent area. This is the same unidentified man who had accompanied Diallo to the security office at 12:52 PM. There, the two men high-five each other, clap their hands, and do what looks like an extraordinary dance of celebration that lasts for three minutes.
  • When [Diallo was] asked why she had not used her pass key to go into another room, she said they all had “Do Not Disturb” signs on the door. After her grand jury testimony, prosecutors discovered that this was false when the hotel belatedly provided them with the electronic key records showing that Diallo had entered room 2820 at 12:26 PM, after her encounter with DSK. The same record also showed that she had also entered room 2820 prior to her encounter with DSK at a time when the occupant had not checked out and may have been in the room. [Sofitel has refused to name the occupant of room 2820 citing privacy concerns]
  • DSK’s BlackBerry, with its messages, is still missing. While DSK believed he had left it in the Sofitel, the records obtained from BlackBerry show that the missing phone’s GPS circuitry was disabled at 12:51. This stopped the phone from sending out signals identifying its location. Apart from the possibility of an accident, for a phone to be disabled in this way, according to a forensic expert, required technical knowledge about how the BlackBerry worked.  From electronic information that became available to investigators in November 2011, it appears the phone never left the Sofitel. 

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