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[ISN] Nicolas Sarkozy's party denies hacking Dominique Strauss-Kahn's phone
26 Nov 2011
The article by Edward Jay Epstein, published in the New York Review of
Books, raised the question of whether a Blackberry phone belonging to
Dominique Strauss-Kahn might have been being tapped by his political
opponents at the time he was arrested in May on charges of sexually
assaulting a hotel maid.
Prosecutors in New York later dropped criminal charges against Mr
Strauss-Kahn, citing doubts about the credibility of the maid Nafissatou
Diallo, who continues with a civil case.
At the time of his arrest, Mr Strauss-Kahn - a former Socialist finance
minister - was the front-runner to win France's presidential elections
next year and unseat Mr Sarkozy. He was forced to resign his IMF post as
a result of the scandal, which also ended his presidential prospects.
The secretary-general of the UMP, Jean-Francois Cope, said the
allegations were an obvious manipulation.
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