Strauss-Kahn team consults ex-CIA officers’ firm (Reuters):
The legal team defending former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn against sexual assault charges has informally sought public relations advice from a Washington consulting firm run by former CIA officers and U.S. diplomats, Reuters has learned.
TD International is the same company Strauss-Kahn, then a private citizen, hired in 2007 to advise him on how to navigate international and Washington politics in his bid to become managing director of the International Monetary Fund.
Documents filed in 2008 with the Foreign Agents Registration section of the U.S. Justice Department show that Strauss-Kahn, who is French, retained TD International as his “U.S.-based communications resource.”
Strauss-Kahn, 62, who was seen as a front-runner for the French presidency until his arrest, has been charged with trying to rape a hotel housekeeper in New York. He has denied the charges and his lawyer has said he will plead not guilty.
A person familiar with the work TD International did for Strauss-Kahn in 2007 said his representatives consulted the firm informally after his arrest last Saturday and asked for advice related to his predicament.
A contract between TD International and Strauss-Kahn, dated July 18, 2007, shows he hired the firm to “conduct a specific public relations campaign” and “work is to begin immediately and continue until ascendancy of client to head of IMF.”
The contract says Strauss-Kahn was to pay the firm 20,000 euros, then equivalent to about $27,600.
According to the source, TD International helped advise Strauss-Kahn on U.S. and international political maneuvering related to the choice of a new IMF chief.
TD International Management (TD International):
William Green – Prior to founding TDI, he served for two years as President of Parvus International, a business intelligence firm. Mr. Green managed the firm’s restructuring and developed a marketing strategy that resulted in a doubling of the firm’s revenues and its ultimate acquisition.
A former U.S. diplomat specializing in multilateral affairs within the United Nations, NATO and the European Union frameworks, Mr. Green served in Geneva and Paris and participated in the management of the Anglo-American and U.S.-Canadian intelligence relationships when posted to Washington.
Fred Enochs – Prior to joining TDI, Mr. Enochs served as a director for Enron Corporation, leading a team and managing a multi-million dollar P&L instrumental in the creation of a commodity trading business focused on the telecommunications sector’s products, contracts and operations.
Mr. Enoch’s began his professional career in the Central Intelligence Agency where he served for 13 years. He managed technical and operational projects in over 70 countries that were designed to provide time critical solutions in support of strategic government policy initiatives. He was recognized for his support by receiving numerous awards and citations throughout his career with the CIA.
Tim Houghton – Prior to joining TDI, Mr. Houghton was a senior member of Booz Allen Hamilton’s security and law enforcement practice. He spearheaded international security and law enforcement business development initiatives in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), focusing on interception technology, intelligence analytics, and infrastructure protection. Mr. Houghton managed numerous programs in support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI). He also led a multi-disciplinary team that established the FBI’s state-of-the-art Biometric Center of Excellence.
Mr. Houghton began his career as an officer in the United Kingdom’s security and intelligence community. Over a ten year period he held a series of analytical, operational, and management posts covering counter-espionage, counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism operations and international security and intelligence liaison. Mr. Houghton served for three years at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C, coordinating U.K. operational intelligence requirements and analysis efforts with the FBI and the U.S. intelligence agencies.
W. Ross Newland III – Mr. Newland’s advisory practice introduces start-up technology firms to appropriate entities in the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the US intelligence community. His work extends into finding opportunities for small technology firms in the emerging markets of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. His risk management work focuses on investigative due diligence for corporate and international lending institution clients.
Mr. Newland previously served in the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Senior Intelligence Service (SIS). Mr. Newland specialized in Latin America and completed six overseas tours, five of them in Latin America – Bolivia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Argentina.