DA Vance in the spotlight, phonecall ‘translation delay’ story a nonsense
Rumours that Geithner wants out at the Fed
Within at most ten days of Dominic Strauss-Kahn’s arrest on sex charges, both law enforcement officers and the DA’s office in New York harboured grave doubts about the veracity of 32-year-old Guinean chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo. And in another development, Fed boss Tim Geither is rumoured to be considering resignation.
It was revealed early this morning that, within the time frame for initial enquiries, they discovered:
*She had family and professional links to African criminals in the US.
*She had peddled professional prostitute services to Sofitel guests.
*Her relationship with an incarcerated drug dealer.
*Irregularities on her immigration form, and lies about an alleged previous gang-rape.
*She had claimed a friend’s child as her own to increase her tax refund.
In short, that she was a totally unreliable benefits cheat with criminal connections. But they did nothing, and told nobody about their growing doubts. During this period, using only research via the Internet and selected contacts, The Slog posted about contradictions in her ‘background’, her criminal husband and HIV condition, and leaked lies from the DA’s office. Anyone with a pc, a phone and a brain could’ve established as much. But the NYPD and the DA’s prosecution team want us to believe that the only reason they held off until now was because they didn’t get an accurate translation of Diallo’s extortion plot phonecall until last Wednesday.
This has to be bollocks. Diallo’s dialect is fairly widespread in Guinea. And they already knew she was a liar whose history bore no relation at all to the syrupy sympathy pouring on a daily basis from Mamadou the Motormouth.
Think about it: with or without that extortion phonecall, they already knew the case would be lost. DSK’s lawyer Brafman told them overtly via the media that his team would expose her. The Arizona phonecall didn’t change anything – other than New York City now had a prima facie case against Diallo for conspiracy to blackmail and pervert the course of justice.
The phonecall translation is a smokescreen to hide the fact that the authorities sat on what they knew, when revealing what they knew would have secured Strauss-Kahn’s release.
During that period, Christine Lagarde – a Sarkozy ally already secretly approved by the Fed’s Tim Geithner, and helped with the South American vote by US Fed officials working for Geithner – was successful in getting the necessary approvals to grab DSK’s job as boss of the IMF.
Lagarde was confirmed in the IMF role on 29th June. Just one day later – last Wednesday – The DA’s office contacted DSK’s defence team to ‘express doubts’ about the reliability of their witness. DSK was arrested on May 15th, and the first group meeting of the DA and NYPD about ‘severe doubts’ allegedly occurred May 25th.
The New York authorities – led by Cyrus T. Vance Jr – hid the reality of their case and their witness for 36 days.
Why? That remains unestablished, but the very act itself must be classed as deeply suspicious.
The revelation of this information may also be related to a sudden series of leaks over the last ten days from Fed officials ‘close to Timothy Geithner’ that their boss is seriously considering resignation. It would seem to me highly unlikely that Geithner hadn’t known about Vance’s imploding case against DSK long before last Wednesday. But it seems that he told the White House of his intentions last weekend – at the end of June. Geithner plans to leave Office after Obama reaches an agreement with Congress to raise the national debt limit, according to three sources close to the White House.
To call this departure eccentric would be the understatement of the year. As the Independent’s Stephen Foley points out, ‘He knows the contours and the character of the debt markets like no other public official….the eurozone’s future is still deeply uncertain, but so too is the wider financial system. International agreement is needed to marry up all the different proposals for regulating derivatives, hedge funds and the like. And in the US, the Treasury Department is still to flesh out the workings of a new council of regulators to watch for systemic risk. These are more than a few loose ends, and no one is more qualified than Mr Geithner to help tie them.’