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Dominic Strauss-Kahn has been into Court and pled Not Guilty. The Telegraph’s Jon Swaine described him as ‘swaggering into Court’, a piece of journalism very much on message with Murdoch’s worst New York Post descriptions of the ‘French bigshot’ – and ‘Frog legs it’ as a description of bail. The former IMF Head was ‘picketed’ (odd choice of word that) by New York hotel maids, all of whom – like most of the media – believe DSK is guilty as charged….regardless of whether he is found guilty or not.
One former cop who has doubts, however, is the Russian Prime Minister.
“I don’t like the assumptions in this case,” said Vladimir Putin ten days ago, “as a policeman, they don’t sit right in my head”.
Russian homo-erotic macho icon Putin had good reason to say such a thing: he knew only too well that Dominic Strauss-Kahn’s removal from his IMF job would pave the way for a greater US control of matters in the IMF. Rasputin never says anything without an agenda in mind; and although it could be argued that he shouldn’t give a toss either way about who runs the International Monetary Fund, the truth is that Vlad the Impaler would have preferred dealing with a megalomaniac like DSK – rather than a blue-stocking Amerophile like Christine Lagarde.
For myself, on most of it I retain an open mind. My gut tells me that Strauss-Kahn assaulted Nafissatou Diallo for some reason or another, but that he did not ‘attempt rape’. My reason tells me that his demise is extremely convenient for those playing geopolitics for big stakes. For the record, the key facts in the saga to date giving me cause for concern are:
* The way Strauss-Kahn was treated during the arrest media-fest
* How and why Jeffrey Shapiro made an entry onstage
* The way Diallo was hidden away by the NYPD
* The speed with which Tim Geithner declared DSK dead, and pushed for a replacement at the IMF
* The connection between Marc-Olivier Strauss-Kahn and Christine Lagarde
* The alleged forensics result, now widely accepted as being inconclusive
* The repetitive ‘rehearsed’ interviews given to the press by Diallo’s ‘brother’
* The DA’s decision to put a ‘hate crime’ specialist Assistant DA on the case after he realised the forensics were shaky.
* Diallo’s very quiet decision last Monday to ditch her attorneys Shapiro and Siegel.
Now, however, further research by The Slog suggests the geopolitics line of enquiry may be hardening somewhat.
The Russian leader Putin is geopolitically astute enough to know some of the cultural history behind the Strauss-Kahn case. Not many citizens of the West know this, but Nicolas Sarkozy’s stepfather is a CIA operative going all the way back to JFK and the Bay of Pigs.
This isn’t Sarko’s only link to JFK: his grandmother Adele Bouvier was Jackie Kennedy’s aunt. By everyone’s agreement, the outstanding influence upon Nicolas as a young boy was his grandfather - Adele’s husband Benedict Mallah. Throughout his life, Sarkozy has been highly distinctive in French politics largely as a result of his rejection of State Socialism and espousal of US ‘free-market’ capitalism.
After Sarkozy’s philandering father Pal left his stepmother Christine de Ganay, she went on to marry Frank L. Wisner Jr, a founding father of the modern CIA. He knows Sarkozy well (they agree about pretty much everything); and he is also very close to Sarko’s half-brother Marc-Olivier – see earlier Slog post about the Fed Reserve and IADB links.
Wisner is in turn close – very close - to deposed Egyptian President Mubarak. Here too, Frank and Nicolas have been helpful to each other: On 5 January 2009, Sarkozy called for a Gaza strip ceasefire plan.The plan, jointly proposed by Sarkozy and Mubarak, envisioned the continuation of the delivery of aid to Gaza – and talks with Israel on border security. Welcoming the proposal, US Secretary of State at the time Condoleeza Rice hailed the idea as “a ceasefire that can endure and that can bring real security”.
Frank Wisner brokered the deal. So powerful an influence is he on Mubarak, President Obama dug him out of semi-retirement earlier this year – with a view to getting Wisner to tell Mubarak the game was up and he must leave. Wisner flew to Cairo, reached the opposite conclusion, and urged Obama to support him. Subsequent events tend to support the CIA man’s analysis.
Thus we can see that Sarkozy’s close alliance with all things American isn’t some madcap conspiracy theory: it is an established fact in his family, his make-up, his connections, his foreign policy, and his domestic economic politics. It is the major reason for the French Left’s utter distaste for, and distrust of, the current French President.
Says a senior Washington source:
“One of the Ten Commandments at the State Department and in the CIA right now is ‘thou shalt not lose Sarkozy as an ally’. The idea that Sarko dreamed up the DSK fix is bullshit. But for everyone from Geithner to [Hillary] Clinton, neutralising Dominic would’ve been a no-brainer. He wanted a reverse-takeover of the IMF, and he wanted to be French President. He said they’d set him up, and it looks like he was right”.
Although this begins to sound increasingly far-fetched, but there is a degree of concurrence across widely differing disciplines. My Washington contact is sort of diplomatic, but The Slog’s main New York source is in finance. That person holds the same view of American foreign policy:
“Let’s cut to the chase here. Frank Wisner has his finger in every other pie ever baked. Strauss-Kahn represented an alternative socialist dynasty to what these people see as ‘our man in Paris’, Sarkozy. Strauss-Kahn is Bilderberg elite, with brothers, uncles and like-minded contacts throughout EU banking and politics. With Sarkozy’s support flagging, he would’ve breezed the French elections. He could easily have become President of whatever the EU turns into. That would’ve been bad for the US. But now we have France fully onside, with Sarkozy’s main girl bossing the IMF. I’m not saying it’s what happened….I’m saying, like, it worked out just dandy, don’t you think?”
Hard to disagree with that. I understand Wisner also believes that were Merkel and Sarkozy to lose their upcoming elections, this would be a disaster for US diplomacy. It sounds too as if Wisner thinks Obama’s foreign policy is woefully inept. But if there’s one thing everyone agrees about with FLW, it’s that he’s a hard-assed American patriot. My Washington source again:
“State is telling Obama that Germany’s leadership of Europe is a done deal. I think this is why he [Obama] has brought forward Merkel’s visit. We need Sarkozy and Merkel in place during what’s going to be a shit-storm over there. We need to iron out any wrinkles between the Germans and us.”
I note this morning a Reuters Obama quote re the Merkel visit, in which he says (my italics):
“It’s going to require some patience and some time. And we have pledged to cooperate fully in working through these issues, both on a bilateral basis but also through international and financial institutions like the IMF.”
Meanwhile, since the demise of Dominic Strauss-Kahn, Tim Geithner has probably said more things about and to the EU than he did in the previous three years in total: on banking regulation, on derivatives control, and on “avoiding the UK’s light-touch regulatory regime which ended so tragically”.
Geithner, eh – doncha love him? What does that make his New York regulatory regime in the years before Obama – bargepole?
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This article copyright John Ward and The Slog June 2011