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Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by incrediblelousminds
We are reqired to notify the Embassy if the person we arreest is not a US citizen. This guy, in addition to being French, works for the United Nations, which brings in another level of notification that one of their employees is arrested.
Diplomatic protocol requires a prompt notification.
Europeans are considered front-runners to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn as IMF chief; those cited include Finance Minister Christine Lagarde of France; Axel Weber, former German central bank chief; Klaus Regling, head of Europe’s bailout fund; Gordon Brown, former prime minister of Britain;
At 17, following the death of her father, Lagarde went to study in the US for a year, where she perfected her English.
In 1981 she returned to the US, joining the international law firm Baker & McKenzie as an associate, specialising in labour, anti-trust, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
Eighteen years later, she became the first female chairman of the firm.
Originally posted by zroth
The nation is backing the french candidate over an Englishman?
Jonathan Pinet is know to be very close to the UMP, he met it's president on several occasions, has launched a web site intended to expose the lies of the left wing (www.o-m-g.fr...) and claims to be responsible for the anti PS (left wing party) campaign on the web.
Originally posted by incrediblelousminds
I posted this information in the IMF DSK thread, but I thought it deserved it's own thread.
Originally posted by Manouche
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 fault.
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 warned ?
Originally posted by AuranVector
A NYC Sofitel staff member was communicating with Pinet (a member of Sarkozy's party) about DSK's arrest -- that fact alone is very interesting. Even without getting into the wording of the tweet.
Pinet may be a "nobody" but isn't that who they recruit to do the dirty work? He's expendable.
Originally posted by Manouche
All right but then why the tweet, it was a dangerous move. Only useful if the story was buried, DSK released and the MSM silent, it could have become viral then from the tweet but that sounds a little far-fetched.
His tweet was somewhat followed. lemonde.fr has an article about the tweet and a picture of another interesting one from an anti-UMP account, jeunespopkemon, underlining with mockery a screenshot of the conversation has been taken. That's before the news broke in the New York Post's website. jeunespopkemon probably sniffed the start of a new smear campaign, he seems dedicated to counter UMP propaganda/misinformation/influence so Pinet if followed was apparently identified as a young and active militant not too shy of using dirty tactics and noticed by a professional public opinion manufacturer like Dassier.
That still makes him of no significance, at best he was used and it still is very far-fetched. I think what it is important is to discover who is the Sofitel 'Deep Throat', easier to go from there but we will probably never know.
Originally posted by Manouche
I hear you but Pinet could use the fact that he wrote 'in a hotel' and claim he was only forwarding an information he was given and knew nothing else about, proof is that it was partly inaccurate, it would work as a defence.