Dominique Strauss-Kahn had barely been given his uniquely American Miranda rightsbefore the conspiracy theories already started to swirl.
In John-Grisham-meets-Ian-Fleming-type tones, the international press and the blogosphere quickly jumped to life with theories about how and whether the International Monetary Fund chief had been set up for a fall.
After all, the reasons to take down Strauss-Kahn, or DSK, as the world news-watching community quickly came to know him, were abundantly clear. The Socialist candidate was the primary challenger to weakened French President Nikolas Sarkozy—and in fact was expected to win the election rather easily.
Throw in a reputation for notorious womanizing, and it added up both to a plausible story that he could have sexually assaulted a maid in the New York hotel where he was staying, and a yarn in which his political enemies were lying in wait with a plan to destroy him.
“I am convinced it is an international conspiracy,” Michelle Sabban, a Strauss-Kahn supporter and senior councilor for the greater Paris region, told The (UK) Telegraph. “It’s not like him. Everyone knows that his weakness is seduction, women. That’s how they got him.”Page 1 of 3 | Next Page