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So What's Happening in the Petraeus Scandal? An Update

Oh, just a little bit happening here.

Yesterday I reported about Jill Kelley, the social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, a friend of David and Holly Petraeus, to whom biographer Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' mistress, sent anonymous harassing emails.

PostKelley was flipped out by the emails and called the FBI, triggering the investigation.

An FBI Agent was barred from the case after becoming personally involved with Kelley and sending her shirtless photos of himself: "New details about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation handled the case suggest that even as the bureau delved into Mr. Petraeus's personal life, the agency had to address conduct by its own agent—who allegedly sent shirtless photos of himself to a woman involved in the case prior to the investigation."

Another top Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, is apparently obsessed with Kelley too: "According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 documents — most of them e-mails — of “potentially inappropriate” communications between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman, whose close relationship with Petraeus ultimately led to his downfall. Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011. He also served as Petraeus’s deputy when both generals led the military’s Tampa-based Central Command from 2008 until 2010."

Kelley and her husband hosted General Petraeus at a party at their home: "She and her husband hosted Mr Petraeus at a party on their lawn for Tampa's annual Gasparilla parade in 2010. He arrived with a 28-car motorcade. Other guests included Pam Bondi, Florida's Attorney General and a close ally of Mitt Romney, the former presidential candidate."

Kelley has "lawyered up" and hired DC superlawyer Abbe Lowell and crisis PR person Judy Smith. Smith has repped Monica Lewinsky, Larry Craig, Michael Vick and Kobe Bryant. She issued this statement for the Kelleys: "We and our family have been friends with General Petraeus and his family for over 5 years. We respect his and his family's privacy and want the same for us and our three children."

Kelley says: 'I've done nothing wrong. I am the victim here. But it still feels awful.'

Eric Cantor was notified of the investigation, and at least one outlet says it was by the agent who was sending the shirtless photos: "On Saturday, Oct. 27, Cantor spoke by phone to an FBI employee who told him about an investigation, including the details about Petraeus’ affair, and said he was concerned that classified information had been compromised.

Paula Broadwell has classified documents on her computer. Her house is being investigated.

And then there's this from Broadwell's father:

But Broadwell’s father said Sunday his daughter is the victim of character assassination and implied the bombshell story is just a smoke screen for something bigger.

“This is about something else entirely, and the truth will come out,” Broadwell’s dad, Paul Krantz, told the Daily News outside his home in Bismarck, N.D.

“There is a lot more that is going to come out,” said Krantz, claiming he was not allowed to elaborate. “You wait and see. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye.”

He said he supports his daughter “100%.”

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  1. I am truly disgusted by any woman who would enter into a relationship with a married man. These women are vile, disgusting creatures who break up families.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 13, 2012 7:02:35 AM


  2. Eric Cantor is concerned that classified information has been compromised. That's right: I wonder how he felt about Cheney & Co when they outed Valerie Plame.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Nov 13, 2012 7:10:29 AM


  3. sorry--I meant, "That's RICH: I wonder how he felt..."

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Nov 13, 2012 7:11:09 AM


  4. Oh, this is getting good! Heterosexuals, Republicans, government security agents (shirtless!), married women, married men:

    Tabloid heaven!! What's a war without a little hanky-panky!

    So Broadwell was "embedded" in Afghanistan, that's what that means, and "all in" too. And not just once!

    Posted by: more schadenfreude? yes, please | Nov 13, 2012 7:23:47 AM


  5. I'm curious about the agent who sent the shirtless photos. That detail sticks out.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Nov 13, 2012 7:38:35 AM


  6. Is this episode an example of the sanctity of marriage? As god intended?

    Posted by: gary | Nov 13, 2012 8:17:33 AM


  7. Why is the status of Petraeus' sex life anyone's business? It may show poor personal judgement, but does that really reflect on his professional abilities?
    The only thing anyone should really be worried about is if this has compromised sensitive information. Nothing else.
    Was it criminal? No. Was he being hypocritical, a la so many politicians who try to take away LGBT rights and are caught with 'rent boys'? No.

    The state has no place is the bedroom of the people.
    The people have no business in the bedrooms of its statesmen and stateswomen, either.

    Posted by: Liquid | Nov 13, 2012 8:24:49 AM


  8. This seems like a really big deal, but almost nothing in this scandal makes sense so far. I especially want to see how a general in Afghanistan sent 20,000 pages of emails to this woman.

    Posted by: Brian | Nov 13, 2012 8:25:44 AM


  9. When the top brass can't control their own libidos and behavior, it's safe to say they were *projecting* when they were predicting all the *sexual chaos* and *distraction* repealing DADT would cause.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Nov 13, 2012 8:32:08 AM


  10. All this while Brad Manning remains in solitary?

    Posted by: mikeflower | Nov 13, 2012 8:43:14 AM


  11. "I especially want to see how a general in Afghanistan sent 20,000 pages of emails to this woman."

    He probably did it while the troops were making music videos.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Nov 13, 2012 8:46:46 AM


  12. OMG men in the military chasing women! That is the second most important thing they do to amuse themselves. The first most important is killing people. I was an air man in the 1950s. I got kicked out for chasing men. They said I was a security risk. I was working in the post bakery. Was I going to give away the Air Force’s top secret formula for making bread? When I went before the investigating board of officers and the chairman asked me if I had anything to say I answered, “Yes. My family knows I am gay. Now the Air Force knows I am gay. How can I be blackmailed? There is not a man on this board who does not have something in his life he is hiding. Every one of you are more susceptible to being blackmailed than I am right now.” Every man on that 5 officer board hung his head. Skirt chancers, to the guard house with the lot of them.

    Posted by: Rev. Ray | Nov 13, 2012 9:15:13 AM


  13. She is 67.28% more attractive than Paula Broadwell. But Paula beats Holly by over 200%.

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Nov 13, 2012 9:19:17 AM


  14. heterosexuals are a security risk and should be banned from serving openly in the military

    Posted by: t | Nov 13, 2012 9:28:08 AM


  15. 28 car motorcade [errr, correction...caravan]? WTF? Our 'leaders' are too big for their britches. There was a time when JFK's motorcade [they called them motorcades, not 'caravans'] was TINY compared to the 'caravans' of today, and his limo [which was often not even armor-plated] went through regular traffic, stopped at lights, just like the average peon. Harry Truman used to sneak out of the white house minus his secret service detail to drink at a local bar. This sh*t is getting ridiculous.

    Obviously there's much more to this story than extramarital affairs. This looks almost like a purge, American-style.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 13, 2012 9:50:28 AM


  16. The sexual and romantic relationships are not a matter of public concern.

    However, there are legitimate public concerns around inappropriate disclosure of national security information. Blackmail is not really the issue as that does not seem to be Mrs. Broadwell's motive. She does not seem to have set out to harm Gen. Petraeus, or harm the country.

    I am amazed, though, at the 20 - 30,000 emails from Gen. Allen to Mrs. Kelley. In my entire electronic life, I doubt I've sent a total of 20,000 emails. He's supposed to be commanding a war. When did he find time for that much email time with one person?

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Nov 13, 2012 9:52:07 AM


  17. Judy Smith has a crap client list.

    Posted by: John | Nov 13, 2012 11:03:21 AM


  18. That Eric Cantor knew of this on Oct. 27 pretty much blows holes in the Foxpublican theory that POTUS sat on this story until after the election. and why were they talking to EC and not, oh let's see, POTUS or Dianne Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee? and how does one send 20-30,000 emails to one person? i smell a rat.

    Posted by: deedrdo | Nov 13, 2012 11:56:49 AM


  19. "OMG men in the military chasing women! That is the second most important thing they do to amuse themselves. The first most important is killing people. I was an air man in the 1950s. I got kicked out for chasing men. They said I was a security risk. I was working in the post bakery. Was I going to give away the Air Force’s top secret formula for making bread? When I went before the investigating board of officers and the chairman asked me if I had anything to say I answered, “Yes. My family knows I am gay. Now the Air Force knows I am gay. How can I be blackmailed? There is not a man on this board who does not have something in his life he is hiding. Every one of you are more susceptible to being blackmailed than I am right now.” Every man on that 5 officer board hung his head. Skirt chancers, to the guard house with the lot of them."

    LMAO!

    Posted by: River | Nov 13, 2012 4:16:32 PM


  20. Sorry, guys, it is a matter of public concern. Depending on when it started... It is illegal under the Uniform Code of Military Justice to commit adultery. This has ramifications for pension/etc. The CIA also has (believe it or not) a specific procedure to follow if you want to commit adultery.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 13, 2012 11:46:29 PM


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