‘Nafissatou Diallo’ yesterday (Mark III model)

As Strauss-Kahn accuser goes public, the maid’s ‘identity’ changes yet again

This is Nafissatou Diallo strolling in New York yesterday following her interview by ABC News, and splash in Newsweek magazine. She doesn’t, however, bear any resemblance to the last ‘accepted’ picture of Nafissatou Diallo:

Nafissatou Mark II

….but she could easily be an older version of the first one:

Nafissatou Mark I

Now the Mark I snap was hastily withdrawn right at the start of the saga – presumably because it didn’t fit the image being put out by the DA and her family at the time: that of a saintly person dressed in traditional Islamic garb. Most people (The Slog included) accepted Mark II as the real deal; but it doesn’t look that way now.

This is crucially important in the American media arena, as nobody there has as yet seen any pictures of her outside the blogosphere. So perhaps US blogging friends could see their way to expanding awareness of this over there.

We also have to ask why Ms Diallo has gone public in the middle of an extended period of ‘additional investigation’ requested by the DA that was allegedly to do with establishing the level of conspiracy involved. DSK’s lawyers have already dismissed the ABC revelations as ‘an unseemly circus designed to inflame public opinion’. During the interview, Diallo tells ABC, ““I push him. I get up. I wanted to scare him. I said, ‘Look, there is my supervisor right there. But Strauss-Kahn said no one was there to hear”. She alleges he then went on to yank up her uniform dress, tear down her pantyhose, forcefully grab her crotch and then grip her head and force her to perform oral sex. He was obviously in at least two minds.

Forgive me for sounding unsympathetic here, but the truly silly bit of the associated Newsweek piece is the magazine’s observation that she was ‘going public to tell a story from which she had never wavered’.

Except for which rooms she was in, what time she told the hotel authorities, how she arrived in the US, whether her partner was alive or dead, and why she rang a prison in Arizona to discuss how much money she could make out of the case.

There is more murkiness to come here: but the Marks I, II and III enigma is one that deserves a credible explanation. And learning the real identity of her motormouth ‘brother’ would help too.