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|Born||Dominique Gaston André Strauss-Kahn|
25 April 1949
|Alma mater||HEC Paris, Sciences Po, Paris Institute of Statistics, Paris West University Nanterre La Défense|
Dominique Strauss-Kahn (born 25 April 1949), often referred to in the media, and by himself, as DSK, is a French economist, lawyer, politician, and member of the French Socialist Party (PS). He was a professor of economics at Paris West University Nanterre La Défense and the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and was Minister of Economy and Finance from 1997 to 1999 as part of Lionel Jospin's "Plural Left" government. He sought the nomination in the Socialist Party presidential primary of 2006, but was defeated by Ségolène Royal in the November vote.
On 15 May 2011 he had an appointment with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to discuss and resolve the Greek financial crisis. The stumbling block was, as Strauss-Kahn saw it, political not economic. German leaders did not want to ask German taxpayers to pay for Greek overspending. To overcome it, he had been working with Merkel for the previous four months on a secret plan code-named Comprehensive. It would use IMF cover to camouflage financing by Germany and other eurozone members that the Greek government needed to absorb its debt. He reckoned about 70 billion euros was a small price to pay to avert a default that could unravel the entire financial system of Europe. If he could persuade Merkel to go along with it, he would return to Paris a hero.
On 15 June 2011, Dominique Strauss-Kahn planned to announce his official candidacy for the presidency and, already leading Sarkozy in the polls by almost 20 percentage points, looked set to become the first Jewish-born President of France.
On 14 May 2011, however, DSK's plans were all dashed. After lunch at a New York restaurant, he took a taxi to the airport and boarded Air France Flight 23. But just before the plane was about to take off, he was hauled off it, put in handcuffs, taken back to a New York police station, made to parade in front of a throng of reporters, jailed on attempted rape charges, and put on suicide watch at the notoriously bad Rikers Island prison. He had no choice but to resign from the IMF and end his campaign to be French President.
Set up by the CIA?
According to Edward Jay Epstein in The Oldie magazine:
At 12.06pm on 14th May 2011 he was the head of the International Monetary Fund, the odds-on favourite in the coming election to be the next President of France, and – as the manager of the French-owned Sofitel hotel in New York where he was staying for the night in the luxurious Presidential suite told the staff – ‘one of the most important men in the world’. At that moment, he was just finishing having a shower. At the same moment, Nafissatou Diallo, a statuesque hotel maid from the West African country of Guinea-Bissau, used her key card to enter his suite. As she neared the bathroom door, a totally naked man emerged from the bathroom. The act of fellatio that followed would become world-famous by the end of the day. How it happened is disputed. According to Diallo, DSK sexually assaulted her. According to DSK (whom I subsequently interviewed in Paris), the blow job was consensual. What is known from his mobile phone records is that it was a brief encounter. Seven minutes later, at 12.13pm, DSK was on the phone to his daughter Camille arranging to meet her for a quick lunch at McCormick & Schmick’s, a steak house just seven blocks away.
He had a flight to Paris immediately after lunch. When he left the room ten minutes after the phone call, he saw Diallo in the hallway but said nothing to her. After he got into the lift, according to her key card records, she re-entered the Presidential suite. Later I asked DSK whether or not he had left a tip after his stay in the $3,000 per night suite. He answered, ‘No, not a penny.’ He was in a rush, he said, to check out and meet his daughter at the restaurant. While DSK was at lunch with his daughter and her boyfriend, Diallo was with two hotel security men describing her sexual encounter. When they finally persuaded her to press charges against DSK, which took nearly an hour, they did a victory dance (which was captured on the security camera).
Serial sexual abuser?
The case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, which began in May 2011, is by far the most well-known sexual abuse-related affair involving a French politician. Although there's no clear evidence that minors were victimised, these rumours do exist, and it may be a good idea in general to get an impression of the kind of a man Strauss-Kahn is. As a former finance minister under the socialist Mitterrand. a managing director of the IMF, and a major candidate for the 2012 Socialist Party nomination, he had and still has a lot of powerful friends. These friends will be discussed later on.
We'll start out with the most prominent aspect of the Strauss-Kahn affair: the question what actually transpired between him and Nafissatou Diallo, the chambermaid of Hotel Sofitel in New York whose accusations resulted in Strauss-Kahn's arrest. What we know today is that Strauss-Kahn just happened to walk out of the shower when Diallo was cleaning up his room. We also know that some kind of struggle ensued. According to Strauss-Kahn, it was all fun and games, with Diallo supposedly being very impressed with the size his manhood. She didn't agree and instead claimed he forced himself onto her. Clearly some sort of sexual act ensued, because Strauss-Kahn's sperm was found on Diallo's clothes and in the hotel room. This appears to have happened after Strauss-Kahn ejaculated into Diallo's mouth, with her spitting everything out during her escape. That's not all. There's considerable evidence that the sexual act wasn't exactly consentual. Diallo was found to have a torn ligament in her shoulder, bruises on her vagina, and ripped stockings.  Earlier in the day Strauss-Kahn reportedly tried to invite other maids up to his room.
Then there are Strauss-Kahn's other shenanigans. Shortly before being appointed managing director of the IMF in 2007, President Nicolas Sarkozy was informed by his aides that Strauss-Kahn had been caught having an orgy with prostitutes in his car, along with some friends. Sarkozy burst out in laughter, telling his aides: "He will no doubt get the IMF job. Let’s keep this to ourselves, all right?"
Also in 2007, journalist Tristane Banon, a friend of Strauss-Kahn's daughter, and goddaughter of Strauss-Kahn's ex-wife Brigitte Guillemette (married 1984–1989), publicly claimed that Strauss-Kahn had tried to rape her five years earlier, when she was 22. Banon's mother, who later turned out to have had sex with Strauss-Kahn at the workplace in 2000, convinced her to not press charges. She did confront Strauss-Kahn's wife with the incident, who informed her that "he had already had [accusations of] inappropriate behavior with students [undoubtedly at Sciences Po University]." Strauss-Kahn was let off the hook after promising his wife not to try and rape his goddaughter again. Only after the 2011 incident did Banon's mother give details in public about the kind of person Strauss-Kahn is: "Everybody knows: ... he likes sex acts characterized by violence. ... He doesn't try to please women, but simply wants to possess them."
In 2008, Strauss-Kahn made headlines being caught cheating on his wife with an IMF employee during the annual DAVOS conference. The employee - married - claimed she went along with the affair, but also felt she was pressured into the situation. There were parallel reports of Strauss-Kahn making vulgar remarks to women.
After his 2011 arrest, Strauss-Kahn came under investigation for "aggravated pimping" and "gang rape", this because he and his friends were moving prostitutes through Belgium, France and the United States. Just days before the assault at the Sofitel Hotel, he was having sex with "secretaries" that were brought over from France and Belgium. One of these "secretaries" accused Strauss-Kahn and his friends of gang raping her. The rape included a police commissioner who hoped to become head of security once Strauss-Kahn was elected president of France. Although the prostitute consented to the sex, Strauss-Kahn and his friends were extremely rough with her, forcing her to have anal sex, holding her down, and pulling her hair. Even more worrying, this scandal came out due to an already ongoing investigation into an elite sex ring at the Carlton Hotel in Lille, a town right next to the Belgian border. Some of the prostitutes used by this network allegedly were underage.
Cover-up by the elite
According to one Dutch lawyer who looked into the original 2011 case, despite all the evidence implicating Strauss-Kahn, the U.S. District Attorney's Office still did what it could to undermine the credibility of Nafissatou Diallo. Diallo, a poor, uneducated immigrant, hadn't been honest about all aspects of her past, but none of that really disputed the facts surrounding the case: Strauss-Kahn's past, his sperm, and the injuries. So what the office did was call in a second opinions on her injuries, resulting in the conclusion that the torn ligament and vaginal bruising may well have had other causes. It was also strongly held against Diallo that several times she had stated over the phone how it would be possible to receive a lot of money from Strauss-Kahn. The fact is, whether one thinks it's a good or bad attitude against the man who raped and humiliated her, she has the right to think this way. And this type of thinking would be on most people's mind. Not according to the District Attorney, of course. Unsurprisngly, in the same debate on Dutch television a lawyer with a pretty questionable background was arguing in favour of Strauss-Kahn's complete exoneration. That lawyer actually used to work for the well-known Moszkowicz family, which has long represented leading gang bosses, among them Klaas Bruinsma. Who did Klaas Bruinsma date again? That would be later Princess Mabel Wisse Smit of Orange, a person who knew Strauss-Kahn through the European Council on Foreign Relations. More on that later.
The link between the lawyer and Strauss-Kahn might be a reach, but it is symptomatic of nepotism at the highest levels of society where everbody increasingly starts to know everybody else. What is far less of a reach is the name of the district attorney my eyes fell on when watching a news segment on Diallo, and how he relates to Strauss-Kahn. The district attorney investigating the claims of Diallo, before dismissing them, was Cyrus Vance, Jr. This is a very familiar name, because this person is the son of Pilgrims Society member Cyrus Vance, ranked no. 1 in ISGP's "deceased" influence index for the United States. This former secretary of state under Jimmy Carter has been involved in more than 30 different NGOs, among them Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission, the Aspen Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation, Ditchley, the American-Russian Dartmouth Conferences, the Japan Society, the U.S.-China Business Council and more. Considering the U.S. powerbase of this network is centered around New York, it's rather obvious that Vance Jr. became New York's district attorney due to the connections of his father. As we shall see, Strauss-Kahn was an up and comer in this exact same international network.
Further evidence for a cover-up, is the way Vance Jr. handled the media in the days following the exoneration of Strauss-Kahn. He literally ran from the media, refusing to give any kind of rationale for the release:
- "[Vance was] essentially saying "see ya later, bye" to CBS 2 reporters trying to get him to personally explain the decision to drop the charges against French banker Strauss-Kahn...
- "Vance was saved by Tuesday’s earthquake from answering questions about Strauss-Kahn and he laid low for some time before being coaxed out by Kramer. That took work because she, along with several of her colleagues, struggled to get a word — any word — on the case from Vance for nearly a day. Earlier Wednesday, security guards wouldn't even let CBS 2 cameras through the door of Vance's building. ...
- "CBS 2's Kristin Thorne also tried in the morning outside of his home. What's more, CBS 2's Sean Hennessey tried to get comment from Vance on Tuesday night. Vance: "I can’t talk right now. I’m with my family." Hennessey: "Sir, you're a public officer who has to answer questions about why you dropped the very controversial case, politically charged. I think you owe the American, New York voters some answers, don't you?" Vance: "Have a nice evening."
- "Even Tuesday, after the case against Strauss-Kahn was formally dropped and seconds before the earthquake saved him, the district attorney was trying to limit his public on-camera exposure to the press."
Focus on Strauss-Kahn
Not yet discussed at this point is who Strauss-Kahn really is. Strauss-Kahn was educated at Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), the elite political sciences school that counts dozens of France's political leaders among its alumni, as well as a roughly 40 percent of France's senior business executives. It's even more influential than France's INSEAD Executive School, where many leading bankers in Europe are educated. In between positions as Minister of Finance from 1997 and 1999 and managing director of the IMF from 2007 to 2011, Strauss-Kahn was an economics professor at Sciences Po.
That's not all, certainly by 1999 Strauss-Kahn had been picked up the elite. That year he is known to have attended the birthday party of Alain Minc, the supervisory chairman of Le Monde from 1994 to 2008. Present at the birthday party were men as Pascal Lamy, secretary general of the WTO from 2005 to 2013; Gerard Mestrallet, of the giant Suez Group; David de Rothschild, today head of the combined English and French Rothschild interests; and Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank from 2003 to 2011. Plenty of other major French industrialists and media figures were present at the Minc's party, with roughly two-thirds of the named guests having been educated at Sciences Po, including every person just mentioned above. One of the participants, Vincent Bolloré, who started out his career as a trainee at the French Rothschild bank, is known to be a close friend of President Nicolas Sarkozy since the 1990s.
In 2000 Strauss-Kahn was invited to Bilderberg, headed by Etienne Davignon. Lamy, Mestrallet, Trichet and the Rothschild family are all familiar with Bilderberg. These men also serve in the top 10 of ISGP's influence index for France and Belgium, clearly establishing Strauss-Kahn as a close friend of the absolute elite of the elite. In the early 2000s, Strauss-Kahn joined Policy Network, a pro-business socialist/labour think tank secretly financed by the Rothschild family. In 2007 he became a founding council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), set up by George Soros with help from his employee, Princess Mabel Wisse Smit of Orange. Even during his term as managing director of the IMF, Strauss-Kahn continued to serve on the council with men as Étienne Davignon, Alain Minc, Lord George Robertson, Habsburg family relative Karel Schwarzenberg, and others.
Strauss-Kahn's last involvement with a major NGO, outside DAVOS and the ones just mentioned, appears to be "Tomorrow: The Israel Presidential Conferences", ran by David de Rothschild, leading Israeli politicians, and a group of criminal oligarchs: Vladimir Gusinsky, Leonid Nevzlin, Victor Pinchuk and the late Marc Rich. Strauss-Kahn visited the conference in 2008 and participated in at least one panel. Other visitors that year included Matthew Bronfman, James Wolfensohn, Henry Kissinger, Rupert Murdoch, Martin Indyk, General Yaakov Amidror, and many heads of state. Strauss-Kahn is a Jew, by the way, if the reader wasn't aware.
It seems obvious that if Strauss-Kahn had not become embroiled in a series of sexual abuse scandals, he most likely would have continued his rise in the NGO world, combined with a couple of important corporate and banking positions. Today he appears to be forced to look for fortune in Russia. He has visited the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and sits on the board of the Putin-linked Russian Direct Investment Fund. He also joined the board of a banking subsidiary of state oil company Rosneft, long ran by Putin-ally Igor Sechin.
Already discussed, of course, are the ties of Etienne Davignon and friends to child abuse networks. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a friend of Davignon. And the British and French Rothschilds have some of the closest indirect ties to child abuse networks possible, primarily through the 2008 Haut de la Garenne case on Jersey Island. Two of the most influential men on Jersey Island, Wilfred Krichefski and Reg Jeune, were implicated in very serious child abuse. These two used to be the absolute closest business associates of Jacob Rothschild in England and a representative of Baron Edmond de Rothschild in France. Other business associates include members of the Pilgrims Society, including Philip Shelbourne, a partner in N. M. Rothschild & Sons. We don't really know the fine details of how these networks are organised, but as the saying goes: birds of a feather flock together. As time goes by, we'll probably find more cases involving the same group of people. Remember, the Carlton Hotel's "black book" was never released. Neither was the list of "notables" who enjoyed torturing children. Quite possibly Strauss-Kahn would be able to point out a few of them:
- "There are many soirees in Paris organised for [orgies] and you'd be surprised at the people you'd meet at them."
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