Discrepancies, a Potential Alibi and Early Tweets in Dominique Strauss-Khan Case
Via the New York Times: Information from IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyers may have the makings of an alibi:
.... he checked out of the hotel around 12:30 p.m., returning his keys to reception, and met his daughter for lunch before going to the airport, where he realized he had lost one of his cellphones, calling the hotel and asking that they return it to him at the airport. The New York police originally estimated the time of the alleged attack on the maid at about 1 p.m., but have since revised it to around noon.
And how did Strauss-Kahn's political opponents get the news before the media? The first tweet was by a French student who belongs to President Nicolas Sarkozy’s center-right party. [More...]
It was at 4:59 p.m. New York time that J_Pinet posted this message on twitter: “A friend in the United States just told me that DSK was arrested by police in a hotel an hour ago.”
Twenty-four minutes later, a tweet by Arnaud Dassier, who ran Mr. Sarkozy’s online election campaign in 2007, spread the news further, apparently before any New York newspaper.
Dassier just happens to also be a shareholder in the Web site Atlantico.fr, which broadcast negative photos of Strauss-Kahn earlier this month. And how is Atlantico.fr getting results from DNA testing, which it has reported?
On a related note, why don't we have a law like this one in France:
[A] 2000 law in France tries to reinforce the principle of the presumption of innocence by criminalizing the diffusion of photos of an identifiable person in handcuffs who has not yet been convicted.
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