DA Cyrus Vance Jr…..why did his team sit on evidence against Diallo?

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.’


  1. I don’t think Geithner really plans to leave. He is just planting the rumour to force Obama to give him more power. With Geithner that usually means sacking somebody who has disagreed with him. Everyone in the Obama Administration who has openly clashed with Geithner has been forced out.
    One little known fact about Geithner is that he has lied about his university degree. He has always claimed to has a Master’s in International Economics from Johns Hopkins. In fact, his degree is in International Relations, a very different subject and one much less relevant to his job. Johns Hopkins did not even have an International Economics degree when he was there. (I don’t know if they have added one since.)


  2. ‘Lagarde was confirmed in the IMF role on 29th June. Exactly one week later – last Wednesday –’

    Correction: Exactly one DAY later…..

    Makes it that more compelling.


  3. This all makes me wonder if they chose Diallo because of her (known?) background? Think why they chose DSK – so that they could pull him down anytime they liked. Likewise with Diallo: now that there are serious problems with the case, and more importantly the “case” has achieved its desired effect (Lagarde) then there is no need for the case any longer. They don’t want to be the fools here, so Diallo becomes one instead.

    Let us also understand something else: whilst many commentators are calling DSK a dirty pig, men like him do exist. They need more than one woman to make their lives comfortable. That is simply their nature, and no talk of feminism by anyone, male or female, is going to change this state of affairs. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the issue, and from my own experience of guys like DSK, they are mostly polite, very pushy and often very good company! And just like the guy I met on the des Voeux road, or one the ex husband of one of my mates, just saying “no” (or “non”) to them is not enough, it has to be a “real” no that gets up and walks away.

    That is how some men are. If – and it is a big if to a girl like me who plays for keeps – if you want an eveninng/night of fun, then great. But he will lose interest in you soon after and the big words and promises will remain just that, for he will have forgotten about them until the next time.

    Many of the commentators calling DSK all sorts of rude names will themselves find a pretty (or in my case, not so pretty) woman irresistable and start chasing her with fine words and soon-to-be-forgotten promises. Just because he has been trashed by the media does not make the social problem of errant knights less of a problem.


  4. I think you are barking up the wrong tree with Lagarde. She was always the favourite to replace DSK and her appointment has not been brought forward (I assume). If the aim was to remove DSK, it would have been to move the deputy to the controls.


  5. DSK would have left at the end of July after announcing his candidacy for pres de la republique. Bringing it forward perhaps kept the emerging markets offside and prevented them getting organised behind a really qualified candidate. However, I believe the real agenda was to destabilise DSK’s chances of succeeding Sarkozy and that would seem likely now even in the best circumstances. He can, at best, be the Kingmaker.


  6. This has been at the back of my mind all through this-DSK was due to step down anyway, and apart from the Mexican guy Carstens there appeared to be no-one else in the frame for the job apart from Lagarde.

    Could it just be that Diallo was simply picking off another mark for a few bucks, crime report to the NYPD, someone recognised his name and somehow the situation escalated to the point of the farce we see now?
    Just a thought.

    BTW-John, discovered this blog only a few weeks ago. To say it is a light in a dark tunnel is an understatement, but thanks for shining it anyway.


  7. Sorry to be a pedant Richard G, but it’s Glienecke. I stayed there once for three months, watching Ostis swimming across the Havel to freedom. I may be the only person present here who was shot at by the Volkspolizei. I was drunk at the time. Youth is wasted on the young.


  8. This is what somebody has to unpick. I have been told by a former IMF staffer (not senior) that what spooked the Feds was DSK’s idea to push harder on what was wrong with the buck as a reserve currency.
    The advantages to the US of retaining that status are incalculable.
    Also see at the ‘Waltz’ page the post about the Americans wanting a French leader in their pocket: DSK would’ve run against Sarko and won – aucun doute.


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  10. My thought exactly!

    Channeling LeCarre, I might wonder, given the lengths taken to hide her identity, if she hasn’t been released from this mortal coil for some time.


  11. Hear, hear: one does want to tell Ms Diallo, “Whatever you do, don’t go before the cameras anywhere near a Dallas police station”.


  12. John, you made an interesting comment above regarding the Dollar’s continued status as global reserve currency, and a (possible) connection to the whole DSK thing. I don’t know if you ever read Liam Halligan’s weekly blog on the Daily Telegraph website, but this is a subject that he has looked at in some detail in the past, and he has opined upon the possibility of alternatives usurping the greenback, and how this might play out on global financial markets.

    I have a lot of time for the economic thoughts of Liam Halligan, and would commend him to fellow Sloggers in the same way that I commend the Slog to anyone who will listen and is half interested in bollocks deconstruction.
    (You can still view his page for free, and don’t have to subscribe to the rest of the Maily Telegraph’s content. Unless you want to of course!)

    Keep up the good work.


  13. the story that she was a hooker and the act was consensual seems reasonable. and she may have told a million lies and be a petty crook. still, he comes out as the more loathsome creature. if the report is true that he refused to pay for a service he agreed to and treated her with contempt afterward, he is a despicable creature. no matter what u think of prostitution, he was involved in the act as much as she was, so he has no right to feel superior on that account. he was as much a whore as she was. i certainly wdnt want a man for president who treats ppl with dismissive arrogance because they occupy a low social status. a leader of people who doesnt respect people and treats them dishonestly is an insect.


  14. I’ve always had a lot of respect for Liam Halligan too. He so often hits the nail on the head and never seems afraid to say what he thinks.
    I was not really surprised when he left Channel 4, I put it down to his view of reality being too much for them to handle.


  15. Circe
    I think of prostitution as the oldest profession, and one in which the supplier is nearly always a tragic case.
    I tend to agree with you that DSK is worthy of our deepest loathing; but he is a human being, and also entitled to a fair trial – without that trial being turned into a media circus before any evidence has been heard in a Court of Law


  16. 5 July: UK Independent: Conspiracy theories rife among Parisian left
    At the same time, the French Accor hotel group, which owns the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan where the sexual attack was alleged to have taken place, threatened legal action against anyone who suggested that the company had been involved in a plot against Mr Strauss-Kahn. A close ally of the former IMF chief said at the weekend that Accor had close links with “officines” or shadowy political groups in France.
    Accor formally denied it had any such connections and said it would regard any repetition of the comments as “defamatory”.
    It was confirmed, however, that Accor had informed Mr Sarkozy’s intelligence chief, Ange Mancini, about DSK’s arrest at 11.45pm Paris time on 14 May – just an hour after he was removed from an Air France flight at JFK airport. French officials said it was standard procedure for the Élysée to be kept abreast of momentous events involving French people or interests abroad.


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