[lbo-talk] dsk surveillance tapes released

SA s11131978 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 8 12:12:35 PST 2011

On 12/8/2011 2:41 PM, Doug Henwood wrote:

> On Dec 8, 2011, at 2:10 PM, SA wrote:
>> http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/l-affaire-dsk/20111208.OBS6256/affaire-dsk-minute-par-minute-ce-que-montrent-les-videos-du-sofitel.html
>> http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57339401/hotel-video-of-dsk-accuser-aired-in-france/
> So, bullet points? My French kinda sucks.

That's why I put the CBS link there!

First it shows each step of DSK leaving his room, checking out, catching a cab. This is described in the reporting as showing him leaving in an "unhurried" way, which is presumably supposed to be exculpatory, but what does that really mean? Not much, I think. In any case, the video is too jumpy to really see his fine movements.

The more sensational part is at the end of the video. You see Diallo escorted by two security officials, Brian Yearwood and Derek May, to the head of security, Adrian Branch (not visible in the video), to whom she retells her story. Branch then calls 911 (there's audio of the call). When the call is over, the two lower officials immediately walk together into a secluded storage-type room. After a couple seconds there, they break out into what Epstein called "an extraordinary celebration." It really is kind of extraordinary, coming a couple seconds after they got an alleged rape reported to the police.

Again, the conspiracy theory is based on the fact that ultimate head of the company's security service is the ex-head of the French anti-riot police and very close to Sarkozy. So close in fact that.....wait for it.....*on that very morning* the two of them were attending a soccer match together in Sarkozy's private box!

Of course, the balance of probability is that this is some sensational red herring, like the Umbrella Man in the JFK assassination. (Watch this great short video by Errol Morris if you haven't already: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/11/21/opinion/100000001183275/the-umbrella-man.html) . But what a juicy red herring!


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