STRAUSS KAHN: New York sources tell Slog, “Diallo’s motives impossible to unravel”

Nafissatou Diallo

DA, NYPD ‘divided’ about what happened to DSK Sofitel Maid

It may well be that, in the end, the statements, movements, friendships, family and motives of Dominic Strauss-Kahn’s sex-attack accuser will never be finally established, the Slog learned from New York sources early this afternoon BST. As new details are leaked on an almost hourly basis, it is clear that the NYPD and Cyrus Vance’s DA officers are both confused and demoralised by what has come to light. But we still have nothing like a satisfactory explanation as to why both organisations sat on the new information for 36 days from May 25th until June 30th.

I have been sent an outline of the maid’s movements immediately before and after the alleged attack. I should add that copies of this log are doing the email rounds of New York City in large numbers, so this is no great achievement on my part. It may be that I’m misinterpreting the log, but I doubt it.

Directly round the corner from DSK’s luxury VIP suite was room 2820. The times sent to me show the maid entered 2820 shortly before 10:30 a.m., then again at 11 a.m., and then yet again just after 11:30 a.m. Bear in mind this is before the encounter took place. Why clean the same room three times over ninety minutes?

It’s possible, I think, that she was ‘casing’ DSK’s suite for sounds of movement within.

The key-card log then shows Diallo entering the DSK suite at 12.06 p.m.. During the next 22 minutes, the maid gets attacked, and flees the suite heading once again for 2820, while its VIP occupant checks out. Some who were descending with him in the lift say he is smiling and calm. A desk clerk, however, says he looks flustered and “had toothpaste round his mouth”. So he attacks someone, but is in such a hurry to escape, he cleans his teeth?

Found by a supervisor outside 2820, she takes Diallo back into the DSK suite. Diallo later tells the cops that she went to clean 2820 first, but not that this is the fourth time in two hours she’s done so. (To confuse things totally, the key card record shows that this too was a lie).

Interestingly, the source writes, ‘I hear she did know who DSK was, so it looks like you were right about that’. (This is a reference to an earlier Slog posting speculating about how anyone could be dumb enough not to know who 2820’s occupant was, given his face was plastered all over the hotel as a prestige guest.) It was also reported last weekend that, when told a colleague was on vacation, Diallo asked to take over her shift on DSK’s floor.

Other oddities: apparently Nafissatou Diallo turned out to have more bank accounts than most. Each has in it very similar deposits (large but not life-changing) leading back to underworld operatives. I do not know as yet whether they lead back to the same mobsters, or why the deposits were made. But it seems they are all ‘recent’. The NYPD is reportedly making further enquiries on this front.

However, the sheer number of unknowns, false assertions and mysterious relationships surrounding Nafissatou Diallo have, it seems, caused so many hypotheses and theories among New York’s law enforcement and justice agencies, there are myriad shades of opinion. One I’m paying particular attention to, however, is my original source who does know at least one of the senior players.

“There is a very strong view,” says the informant, “that if you’re being paid by mysterious forces to honey-trap some guy, making a phone call to a prison in Arizona and saying ‘Don’t worry, I know what I’m doing – this guy has lots of money’ doesn’t fit with that. However, the bank account deposits are another kind of enigmatic element. If you’re just a lone agent, why are you being paid by drug dealers? This lady is a spider weaving a four-dimensional web”.

Although I’m 6000 miles away from the action here, my gut instinct from early on in this saga was that Mamoutou Diallo ( the maybe-brother with verbal diarrhorea) was laying it on with a trowel about his ‘sister’s’ holiness from Day One. The more one delves into this, the more there seems to me a case against the Diallos for conspiracy to extort. But it just may be that apart from her immediate family and some closely associated hoods, a small-scale scam is all this ever was.

It seems to me there are three things for the NYPD to do now: haul in Mamoutou for questioning, check out who the mobsters may or may not have been engaged by, and ask the maid why she developed an obsessive passion for Room 2820.

As for Cyrus T. Vance, the main thing he needs to explain remains the same: why the 36-day wait to release his ‘doubts’ until Christine Lagarde had clinched the IMF job?

29 thoughts on “STRAUSS KAHN: New York sources tell Slog, “Diallo’s motives impossible to unravel”

  1. Sir, I doubt if the said Cyrus Whatsit Vance will come up with an explanation. After all, isn’t it obvious to everyone?


  2. Follow the money!

    Woodward and Bernstein made it with Watergate. The Slog will make it with what: DSKgate; Sofitelgate; Sarkogate?


  3. John

    Please send you email add again. My old laptop collapsed after 6 years and almost 500,000 miles.



  4. OAH
    The money right now belongs with the mobsters. What we need to know is, did they have a client higher up? Based on the evidence, I doubt it: but if the NYPD don’t investigate, I might be persuaded back towards a conspiracy.


  5. > I have been sent an outline of the maid’s movements immediately before ..

    Who sent you these “logs”, what are the veracity of the sources. Why would the prosecution leak to a blog in advance of a court hearing. Why this massive conspiracy to trash the maids reputation through tthe use of media whores …

    keywords: Muslim, AIDS, prostitute, Money Laundering .. ;)


  6. Agree entirely. It will be difficult to get beyond the mobsters unless they break and in whose interest is it to get them to break? It will be buried.


  7. ps: Strauss-Kahn don’t need some eccentric defending him on the blogosphere, he’s got enough powerful friends in the media already ..

    I guess this is where old spooks go to die ;)


  8. Sir,
    you have gotten me thinking. If whoever was behind the setting up of DSK asked around a bit, they might have been put in contact with a likely person for the job? Ms Diallo did have underworld connections after all.

    That the French police did nothing is nothing unusual, it would have happened in DSK’s case, were it not for the fact that someone wanted to nail him.


  9. All a bit coincidental, don’t you think. However, true to form for the BBC, they could only devote a couple of paragraphs to the Paris case before reverting to type with some feminist rant. They really don’t want to accept that maybe Diallo was out for a scam. You must not dare question a woman and especially not a black, immigrant woman and all French men must be lecherous, beasts! Typical Beeb.


  10. Dan,
    I think it is a little more involved that just a hotel maid going for some high-up. My thoughts were that someone knew what she could do, and could pull it off. Whomsoever it was that wanted to fell DSK got in touch with the someone who got in touch with someone else, who got in … well you know how the underground works? And came up with Ms Diallo.

    After all, if she was after some money, she would not have called the police! She would have threatened to, she would not have done it. DSK had more than enough to keep her quiet for half a lifetime and not even notice.

    After all, guys like him ask first. They are usually polite and considerate – amd they are usually good lovers too. Which is great if you want a one-nighter. But you do need to be firm – which is where Ms Banon probably made her mistake. She vacilated, wondered and didn’t know. Which to a guy like DSK is like a red rag to a bull. She was overwhelmed and certainly did not know how to handle the situation.

    She claims rape, and from her point of view it was. To DSK she had not said no strongly enough. As I mentioned in another comment, language is not enough. You literally have to walk away, it is the only “no” that this sort of pushy guy understands.

    Those who talk of feminism and the like can talk all they wish. When they come across guys like DSK and my Gill and countless others, talking about it simply is not enough. Until a woman realizes this, she will be at their mercy. Guys like DSK have been around since Jove took Europa and will be around until Europe is no more: no amount of theorizing or pontificating about the goods and bads will stop them.

    Call me a feminist-realist ;-)


  11. There is another thing I would like to add. DSK is one of those guys who has a reputation that precedes them. I mentioned to a friend of mine that had he made his wishes known, there would have been a queue of hotel staff outside his door. There is a real caché to a French lover, and when they are as good as DSK is credited with being, all the more so. Plus the guy is generous. And French. Did I say that already? But it is a big factor even so.


  12. OMG Niki, as your linked article concludes “There’s something very wrong here.”

    Methinks it’s past time for the Met Police to be investigated. There is obviously serious corruption going on within its ranks at the highest levels.


  13. Well well, it’s in the last clause;
    “Investigators are also making claims that the woman lied about claims of a rape in her homeland of Guinea which led her to seek asylum in America, and that, despite pledging she is a devout Muslim, photograph evidence has been unearthed of her drinking alcohol.”
    The link to this snippet is:


  14. I couldn’t sleep. I looked at your link (not the video, sorry) but in the top right hand corner, Christine Lagarde has a distinct resemblance to ET – if you are old enough to remember the film?


  15. @gemmalaming,
    Which is precisely why one must discuss such things ahead of time (without ruining “the mood”) to prevent miscommunication. Sometimes “no” does indeed mean “yes”, That’s what sex codewords are for. :)


  16. @Gemmalaming
    I think you’ve got the wrong end of the stick. I was simply commenting on the tone of the BBC article that OAH left us a link for in his previous post.
    I’ve followed the DSK case here on the Slog and I’m fully aware of all it’s nuances.
    I think it’s clear that she was certainly up to no good in some form or another. Time will tell what the motives were and who was behind it. But it was still some sort of scam or stitch up.
    I’m also sure there are many men like DSK and I’m sure you’re right about his type. There’s rarely no smoke without fire and it’s likely he’s done something inappropriate.
    It’s just the perspective of BBC articles that wind me up and that was my point. However being female, you probably didn’t read it the way I did.


  17. @DaninSpain
    As a women, I find this wave of “feminism” that’s risen up in the wake of the DSK scandal to be completely irritating. I think it’s completely ridiculous that to be “pc” the accuser MUST be telling the complete truth, and be painted in this saintly “role model” role, at the expense of the accused, who is ridiculed and demonized simply because he’s a man and happens to be rich. There’s no equality in that. The point of a trial should be that both party’s stories should be questioned until the evidence produces a likely scenario of what happened, and both party’s rights should be protected until then. *Sigh* But from personal experience I have little faith in the judicial system. It’s not about justice at all, it’s about show and “making examples”.



  19. This is conspiracy hatched in two continents to derail Socialist from IMF and French presidency that involved West African criminal gang does it ring the bell that a chamber maid have 100 000 usd in bank account ? and Manhattan DA for witholding DSK passport so he can not register for a candidacy? knowing full well that the case can not hold any water and he should star in the next Inspector Clousseau episode.


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