Saturday, July 9, 2011


Henry Blodget | Jun. 30, 2011

"Not guilty," he said, and not a soul believed him.

Following the extraordinary news that the maid who brought rape charges against former IMF head and French presidential candidate Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have lied about the incident, the next question is...

Did someone set Strauss-Kahn up?

If so, who? One of his political rivals in France?

Could this be the biggest political scandal in history?

According to the New York Times, prosecutors now think the hotel maid who says Strauss-Kahn raped her is lying about some of what happened.

They have also found that the woman has received $100,000 in cash from an incarcerated drug-dealer over the past two years, and that she called him the day after the incident to discuss whether she should press charges. (There is a tape of this call.) The woman also apparently owned 5 cell phones after telling prosecutors she only had one and has lied in an application for political asylum.

Now, you can have lied in the past and still get raped, so to consider dropping the charges (which they are), prosecutors must also now think the woman is lying about the event.

And, if she is lying about the incident, the cash and the cell phones raise the question of why she is lying--and whether she was working for someone. And if so, who?

Before he was arrested in New York, Strauss-Kahn himself suggested that his biggest weakness as a presidential candidate was his fondness for women. Specifically, he suggested, someone might be able to set him up.

So did someone set him up?

Could this be the biggest political scandal in history?

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