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Cast Of Characters Grows As Petraeus Scandal Continues To Unravel

Cast Of Characters Grows As Petraeus Scandal Continues To Unravel

Ever since CIA director and retired army general David Petraeus shockingly resigned on November 9 over an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, the scandal has grown larger and more bewildering with every update.

In brief, the scandal was exposed when Broadwell reportedly sent harassing emails to Jill Kelley, an unpaid social liaison at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. According to the article in The Wall Street Journal, Kelley reported the emails to a friend and FBI agent, who subsequently launched an investigation. In the summer of 2012, the agents sourced the emails to Broadwell, and secured a warrant to investigate her personal account. The investigation led to the discovery of the correspondence between Petraeus and Broadwell. Petraeus was found to be using a Gmail account—a serious potential security liability for a CIA director. The agents notified Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller of the investigation.

On October 27, 2012, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was informed by an FBI employee about the affair. Around this time, both Petraeus and Broadwell were interviewed by FBI officials and immediately confessed to the affair. As a result, agents informed James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, of the improper relationship. Clapper then met with Petraeus and urged him to resign. On November 7, the White House was first notified of the affair, and then President Obama was briefed the following day, having returned from Chicago after the election. Petraeus offered his resignation to the president who, after considering for a day, accepted it.

From here onwards, the story veers into the territory of the absurd. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the FBI agent who initially investigated Jill Kelley’s claims had previously sent her shirtless photographs of himself. Though he never had a formal role in the investigation, the WSJ writes, the agent was dismissed from the case once the information became known. However, the agent was not dissuaded from a continued interest in the case, according to The New York Times. In fact, the agent suspected a more devious cause for his dismissal. “Because of his ‘worldview,’ as the official put it,” wrote the Times, “he suspected a politically motivated cover-up to protect President Obama.”

But wait, there’s more—the plot continued to thicken and add more players to the mix. When Petraeus stepped down as Commander of the International Security Assistant Force in Afghanistan, the man who succeed him was four-star general John Allen, nominated to be NATO’S Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. According to a Washington Post report, the FBI uncovered 20,000 to 30,000 pages of emails between Gen. Allen and Jill Kelley, the social event planner in Tampa. However, according to an unnamed official at US Central Command, the number of emails exchanged was much fewer than the figure originally cited, and closer to a few hundred spread out across several years. The senior official denied rumors of an affair or salacious content in the emails, going so far as to say Gen. Allen “[had] never been alone with her.” The content of the correspondence remains unclear at this stage.

Meanwhile, Kelley has taken measures to protect herself ahead of the unraveling scandal by hiring Monica Lewinsky’s crisis manager and John Edwards’ attorney. For Kelley and her husband, Scott, already saddled with four lawsuits, difficult times lie ahead.

Photo credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

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22 responses to “Cast Of Characters Grows As Petraeus Scandal Continues To Unravel”

  1. bcarreiro says:

    jack and jill went up the hill each with a buck and a quarter…….jill came down with $2.50. how does the fbi get involved over harrassing emails? they may have thought with the wrong head, but no classified info was taken or given, they arent that dumb. jill just wants a name for herself ….triffling hoe is now her claim to fame.

  2. William Deutschlander says:

    Watch out for the female vixxen!

  3. What a mess! The vulnerability of the male species over a pretty woman. And to think our boys are being killed in Afghanistan, being blown up, losing arms and legs and these clowns are writing pages and pages of e-mails. Where was their leadership? They should have been 100% focused on their men and the war. It is sickening. And on the other side, what were these women trying to prove to themselves? How they could seduce even a general? And what about their families, their husbands and children. Think of what they must be going through all for their wives’ ego. The whole situation is sickening.

    • sigrid28 says:

      I credit Rachel Maddow last night on MSNBC (11/13/2012) with a bracing perspective on this “mess,” as you so aptly put it, Shirley. In the top ranks of the military, domestic peace is under siege, with as many as eleven four-star generals having taken the lead in the war in Afghanistan, often for only one year. Already, several have been dismissed or replaced for inappropriate conduct. Below them, in the rank and file of service personnel deployed in Afghanistan (and formerly in Iraq), the families of soldiers have endured similar threats to the safety and security of their home lives. As the Prince of Verona despairs of, over the corpses of Romeo and Juliet, at the end of Shakespeare’s beloved play, “All are punishéd.” And so far, this tabloid scandal does not even touch on the misery of families of the Afghans themselves, the misery of troops from other countries in the International Security Assistance Force, or the misery of Americans who lost loved ones in 9/11.

      What’s worse, our deepest family ties and emotional bonds have been stretched to the limit like this for over a decade. Rachel Maddow emphasized the length of the war and the prospect under current plans for it to grind on through the end of 2012, through all of 2013, through all of 2014, and still leave American military personnel in Afghanistan for who knows how long following the glacial pace of this interminable draw down. Considering what the emotional and economic cost has been to the families of all those serving in Afghanistan, from the morally challenged generals on down through the ranks, and considering what the social and financial cost has been to all of the countries involved, so far–with more YEARS of this to come–it seems obvious that the war should be brought to an end ASAP. I wish Congress, the president, the U.S. military-industrial complex, our allies in the ISAF, and the people of Afghanistan could be convinced to just declare it over, ship everybody home with their equipment and skills, and apply this expertise to our infrastructure. All around the world there is healing that needs to be done, from top to bottom.

    • bcarreiro says:

      so true…we need adequate leaders not followers who cant be distracted and maintain focused on the war and our military on the ground.

  4. Ed says:

    Yeah, but even worse are FBI agents who go to the political oposition and reveal an ongoing investigation for political purposes.He should be dismissed, obviously he cannot remain nuetral, or perhaps he just can’t keep his pants(or his mouth) zipped.

    • Plznnn says:

      “Even Worse” than the Benghazi scandal & cover-up? Still can’t bring yourself to just admit the scandal under Obama, so you just have to continue to blame others saying for “political reasons?” The cover-up itself was for political purposes, the re-election.

    • moderationpreferred says:

      More than likely he is pandering to the blind right because he got caught with his pants unzipped and is trying to shift blame from himself for being dumped from the case.

  5. Fubom says:

    What a cluster F–k

  6. nagena says:

    Love is blind, we are told. But how blind? Mrs Broadwell is undeniably pretty and appealing, but she also looks flinty and a likely candidate for cracking up under pressure. How could a four-star General, perhaps the most noticeable in the Army (she certainly noticed him all right, and reeled him in!) fail to notice the signs? Perhaps generals should stick to Wars, leave battles for the so-called fairer sex to privates! nagena

  7. cliffb47 says:

    According to NBC news last night, (11-13-12), Mrs. Jill Kelley thinks she is some kind of member of the US Consul General’s office??? ( She is just some type of party planner for the military community in Florida. Whatever that might mean.)

    Somebody please explain to me why our armed forces are still in Afghanistan and Iraq????

  8. This show could be called “Designing Bimbos of Tampa”.

    Who knows what tomorrow brings
    In a world, few hearts survive
    All I know is the way I feel
    When it’s real, I keep it alive

    The road, is long,
    There are mountains, in our way
    But we climb a step, every day

    Love lift us up where we belong,
    Where the eagles cry
    On a mountain high
    Love lift us up where we belong,
    Far from the world we know,
    Up where the clear winds blow

  9. karl says:

    all I can say, it seems our soldiers fell prey to female women.

  10. Kent says:

    Oh yes, this somehow reminds me so much of “Levinksigate” Just another “Weeniegate” tripped of by an oversly politically ambitious “F.B.I. Agent”. (Foolish Bumbling Idiots.).

  11. A pile of sh— , it happens all the time, it get s higher and higher with the repubs rebuking everything, wake up repbs you are down the tubes.

  12. I can’t help but keep wondering if this story isn’t really about the use of “high dollar whores” -otherwise known as “call girls.”

  13. Dukester says:

    “Meanwhile, Kelley has taken measures to protect herself ahead of the unraveling scandal by hiring Monica Lewinsky’s crisis manager and John Edwards’ attorney. For Kelley and her husband, Scott, already saddled with four lawsuits, difficult times lie ahead”.

    Next they will be hiring an agent to negotiate magazine, book & movie deals. I suspect that they will come out of all this very well financially.

  14. gargray says:

    The thousands was only hundreds, someone always blowes everything out of preportion, for their own persional gain or destroy someone else, or the election of Obama.

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