I will add a few corrections to the OP. The current story is very different from what was first reported as per usual, inaccuracies are not OP's
Careful, it's very much politically charged. Knives are out, French domestic politics stink too.
The young man is named Jonathan Pinet. He is a nobody, a young militant for UMP, Sarkozy's party.
His blog (Tweeter link on the left)
According to his blog, at 16.57 pm EDT (22.57 pm, french time), he receives a message from a friend in the USA via facebook chat saying that DSK was
arrested in a hotel (which is wrong, he was arrested at the airport). His friend knows it from a friend who works at the hotel.
At 16.59 pm EDT, he tweets the infamous tweet.
DSK was arrested at JFK airport by 16.45 pm EDT.
So he knows a friend of a friend who happens to work at the New York Sofitel. Not that far-fetched. Sofitel is owned by Accor, a French company. I
guess that's why DSK was staying at this hotel, he must have an Accor VIP card or something. A business or social relation is a possibility. If we
follow this line of thinking, the friend is probably not a low employee but a manager who was kept informed of the events in progress. Imagine the
mess amongst the managers, it's the biggest crisis they will ever have.
This begs the question, did the friend of a friend know DSK will be staying at the hotel and did he tell someone ?
This friend should be questionned by detectives but will they follow this lead ?
But this is nothing. This is far from being the juicy part
Pinet, a young UMP militant has a friend of a friend who works at the Sofitel hotel. Coincidence !
At 17.17 pm EDT, Arnaud Dassier re-tweets 'Apparently, DSK in NYC, it's a big big deal'.
Dassier was following Pinet's tweet for a few days. Pinet denies they know each other personally.
Arnaud Dassier was Sarkozy's webcampaign manager in 2007. He is a co-founder of the news site Atlantico.fr.
He is in the middle of a second controversy in a month. Newspaper Le Parisien published a picture without caption late april of DSK standing near a
very expensive Porsche car (see the pic here
The picture is from AFP, taken with a telephoto lens during a private trip in Paris, the author is anonymous.
Atlantico is accused of malicious intent by tweeting it with nasty comments, creating an internet buzz and making believe it was DSK's car. In the
trash can is where you will find the political debate.
In the space of a few weeks, Dassier is linked to two hurtful events to DSK's reputation, that's why he is accused of being part of a possible plot.
Realistically, he is a light-weight, a pen pusher. But there really are attempts at smearing DSK lately, possibly even coordinated.
In April, DSK hinted at French journalists in off comments that he was expecting low blows naming three weaknesses including women. Was he tipped ? Or