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Three Days in May: Sex, Surveillance, and DSK [Kindle Edition]

Edward Jay Epstein
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A veteran journalist continues his “exhaustively researched” (The Guardian) investigation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Here investigative reporter Edward Jay Epstein casts fresh doubt on the events surrounding a now-infamous sexual encounter between Dominique Strauss-Kahn—better know by his initials, “DSK”—and a Guinean-born maid at New York’s Sofitel hotel.

Epstein shows that DSK, then managing director at the IMF and a leading contender to unseat Nicolas Sarkozy as president of France, was under close surveillance both before and after the incident. Just two days before, French authorities intercepted a sensitive phone conversation with DSK in Washington, DC. It looks as if he was carrying his own bug: a smart phone.

The surveillance also continued to New York: as Epstein shows, the staff of the Sofitel can be seen watching DSK throughout his stay.

Also examined is DSK’s BlackBerry cell phone, which was likely compromised by French intelligence. Just before DSK left the Sofitel, the phone went missing, and it has never been found.

Included in this ebook edition is a collection of documents related to the case, including key-card records (tracking who entered DSK’s suite) and never-before-released CCTV surveillance footage. DSK also goes on the record about the case for the first time with an American journalist.

Epstein shows that if there was a conspiracy against DSK, as many now believe, it was an after-the-fact one in which DSK's political opponents learned of the sexual incident at the Sofitel through surveillance and shaped it into a major scandal that changed the course of French politics.

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  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House (April 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SX5WY6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Examination of the DSK Situation May 3, 2012
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This is a fascinating look at the whole DSK situation. While the media focused on what happened with DSK and the maid and lost interest when the rape charges were dropped, there is much more to the DSK story. Epstein does an incredible job of examining all the evidence - security cameras from the hotel, card key log records, interviews and most impressively an interview with DSK himself!

Was DSK being bugged? Was someone trying to set him up? What happened to DSK's phones? Lots of questions, but Epstein does a great job of laying out what we know and what we don't know about the whole DSK situation. What is really cool about this being an eBook is that there are links to the surveillance videos right in the book.

At first I was hesitant to purchase, thinking this was just going to be about what happened between DSK and the maid - but it is much more expansive and interesting than that one encounter. I used to think these things only happened in the movies, but not anymore!

I highly recommend Three Days in May - The DSK Thriller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This ebook is an expanded version of Epstein's magazine article in the New York Review of Books including CCTV video of the important events at New York's Sofitel on May 14, 2011 leading to the downfall of Dominique Strauss Kahn. Epstein succinctly explains the timeline, explores all scenarios, delves deep into the gaps and convincingly raises the distinct probability that all that titillates has been skewered: to ruin the career of DSK, Le Lapin Chaud ("the hot rabbit"). On the eve of the French presidential election, the conspirators may have gone after the wrong man. One may surmise this is not the end of this fascinating story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Insightful May 7, 2012
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I am a HUGE fan of Epstein's other books (The Hollywood Economist 2.0: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies, The Rise and Fall of Diamonds, The Big Picture: Money and Power in Hollywood, and etc.) and his newest on the notorious Dominique Strauss-Kahn maid affair scandal is no different. Like the rest of his books and articles, it's meticulously researched, well-written, and far-reaching. Epstein is a journalist in the grandest, most modest, most impressive sense of the word.

I would read him on any subject. His look into the new landscape of politics, subterfuge, and who and what shapes the biggest choices made in Hollywood and politics should be emulated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Kind of Investigative Journalism May 4, 2012
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Nicholas Sarkozy must be kicking himself. Sometimes a bird in the bush is worth more than a bird in the hand. If only I'd waited... He struck too soon. If only he'd waited until Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) became his main opponent and then created a DSK scandal. The opposition would not have had time to regroup. DSK was careless, creating opportunities for his opponents. Three Days in May makes clear that DSK was being monitored, presumably via his cell phones. A first-rate intelligence organization, says Epstein, can turn on your cell phone and listen to you. At one point a French journalist is given a transcript of a call that DSK made. How was this possible? the journalist asked. The answer given is that by freakish coincidence "DSK's speaker phone was accidentally left on while his line was somehow connected to a French phone that was legally under surveillance." Why the speaker phone should matter is not explained.

Such means of surveillance -- available to those in power, but not to the rest of us -- make those in power more powerful, harder to unseat. However, Epstein's book also shows the effect of lower-tech new recording devices, especially CCTV recordings, cell phone records, and key-entry logs. They make it harder to lie. DSK's accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, was lying, no doubt. The district attorney's office got to "Version 3' of her story before giving up. The discrepancies between what she said happened and the key-entry records reveal her lies beyond doubt. The new recording devices also pull two people into the story who otherwise might have remained out of it: a security guard and the head engineer at the hotel, who went into a private loading-dock area and did a kind of victory dance shortly after 911 was called.
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