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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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