The increasingly strange case of David Petraeus [Reader Post]

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What we think we know thus far

Paula Broadwell met Gen. David Petraeus in 2006 and wrote a dissertation about Petraeus’ leadership style and subsequently decided to write a book about it in 2008.

Broadwell was granted impressive access to Petraeus and his workings.

The two apparently engaged in an extramarital affair.

Their relationship, which allegedly began in 2011, is said to have ended four months ago.

The affair came to light subsequent to an FBI investigation which included sifting through emails.

Broadwell is said to have had classified intel on her computer both she and Petraeus both deny it came from him.

Jill Kelley is said to have received threatening emails from an account established by Paula Broadwell.

Jill Kelley is a social liaison for the Army and lives in Tampa.

Jill Kelley is said not have been in a relationship with Petraeus.

Kelley is said to have contacted the FBI about the threatening emails.

This is where everything goes off the rails.

The FBI agent contacted by Kelley is said to be a friend of Kelley’s- and more.

WASHINGTON—A federal agent who launched the investigation that ultimately led to the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus was barred from taking part in the case over the summer due to superiors’ concerns that he had become personally involved in the case, according to officials familiar with the probe.

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 questionable conduct by one of its own—including allegedly sending shirtless photos of himself to a woman involved in the case.

Now the agent’s behavior is in question:

FBI officials declined to identify the agent, so he couldn’t be reached to give his side of the story. The agent is now under investigation by the Office of Professional Responsibility, the internal-affairs arm of the FBI, according to two officials familiar with the matter.

The revelations address how the investigation first began and ultimately led to Mr. Petraeus’s downfall as director of the CIA. The new developments also raise questions about the role played by the FBI and the adequacy of notification to administration and congressional leaders about the scandal.

The FBI agent who started the case was a friend of Jill Kelley, the Tampa woman who received harassing, anonymous emails that led to the probe, according to officials. Ms. Kelley, a volunteer who organizes social events for military personnel in the Tampa area, complained in May about the emails to a friend who is an FBI agent. That agent referred it to a cyber crimes unit, which opened an investigation.

However, supervisors soon became concerned that the initial agent might have grown obsessed with the matter, and prohibited him from any role in the investigation, according to the officials.

Petraeus gave a briefing on the Benghazi attacks which was entirely off base:

Two days after the deadly Libya terror attack, representatives of the FBI and National Counterterrorism Center gave Capitol Hill briefings in which they said the evidence supported an Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda-affiliated attack, Fox News has learned.

The description of the attack by those in the Sept. 13 briefings stands in stark contrast to the now controversial briefing on Capitol Hill by CIA Director David Petraeus the following day — and raises even more questions about why Petraeus described the attack as tied to a demonstration.

Now it is disclosed that Maj. Gen. John Allen has been exchanging “inappropriate communications” with Jill Kelley.

There are a million questions that demand answers.

What exactly was sent to Jill Kelley?

Who could have had access to Paula Broadwell’s computer?

How did the classified intel get onto Broadwell’s computer?

If this affair ended four months ago, why the delay in the report and the resignation?

How does the FBI investigate the Director of the CIA without informing the White House or Justice?

What exactly was Jill Kelley’s relationship with the FBI agent?

Why did Petraeus put out such garbage intel regarding the Benghazi attack and then resign just AFTER the election?

Something stinks here. Really stinks. I think this is just beginning and Broadwell’s father left us a teaser:

Mr Kranz told MailOnline today that the shock of the past few days is ‘just the beginning of a process’.

He spoke this morning on the snow-covered drive of his modest bungalow in Bismarck, North Dakota, where he lives with wife Nadene. He said: ‘I’ve been advised by attorneys not to talk right now. This is private property.

‘I hope you understand this is the beginning of a process. I can’t say more than that. I couldn’t if I wanted to.’

On Sunday, Mr Kranz elaborated further on the scandal which has propelled his 40-year-old daughter into the national media glare. He told the Daily News: ‘This is about something else entirely, and the truth will come out.’

What do you think?

DrJohn has been a health care professional for more than 30 years. In addition to clinical practice he has done extensive research and has published widely with over 70 original articles and abstracts in the peer-reviewed literature. DrJohn is well known in his field and has lectured on every continent except for Antarctica. He has been married to the same wonderful lady for over 30 years and has three kids- two sons, both of whom are attorneys and one daughter on her way into the field of education. DrJohn was brought up with the concept that one can do well if one is prepared to work hard but nothing in life is guaranteed. Except for liberals being foolish.

44 Responses to “The increasingly strange case of David Petraeus [Reader Post]”

  1. 26

    ilovebeeswarzone

    and what happen to the BENGHASI MURDER OF THE AMBASSADOR
    AND THE 3 SEALS BRAVES? WHERE DO THEY FIT IN THERE?
    WHERE IS THE CONNECTION?
    IS THERE A COLLUSION? WHERE IS IT?
    IN BENGHASI OR IN THE USA?
    WHY DID STEVEN NEVER GOT THE SUPPORT HE DEMANDED MANY TIMES UNTIL HE DIED?
    WHY DID THE SEALS ORDERED TO NOT GET INVOLVED? THEY SAVED 30 PERSONS BY GETTING INVOLVED, WHY WOULD THOSE NOT BE SAVED?
    WHO WANT THEM ALL TO BE MURDERED,
    why are we seeing the PETRAEUS STORY instead of the murder story?

  2. 30

    ilovebeeswarzone

    retire05
    I don’t think TEXAS WOULD TAKE IT ON OKLAHOMA FOR ELECTRIC GRID, AS A MATTER OF FACT, i THINK OKLAHOMA WOULD JOIN TEXAS, ALSO, AND BUSYNESS AS USUAL,

  3. 34

    Petercat

    @Nan G: #24
    I would say that POTUS cannot strip anyone’s citizenship by executive order, but then, he’s done so many other things by XO that I thought that he couldn’t do…
    His rationale could very well be, “Hey! I can grant citizenship by XO, I can take it away by XO!”

  4. 37

    Aqua

    @Nan G:

    IF I sign it can I be declared an ”illegal” who then can skip tax paying, licensing, fee paying, insuring, and yet be allowed to stay here indefinitely?

    That is hilarious.

  5. 38

    Aqua

    @retire05:

    I am not a secessionist. I believe in the union of states. But something has to give. The Tenth Amendment is being thwarted more and more by the Obama administration.

    I joined the Air Force when I was 17. I was born and raised in Memphis, but I am not a big fan of the area. I spent way more time in San Antonio than most people that go into the Air Force. I love everything about Texas. I visit quite often on business and to this day there is still a feel of the Old West there.
    Who knows, we may be neighbors in the next few years.

  6. 39

    Aqua

    Back on topic, (and I apologize for deviating Dr. J.) I think this whole scandal is the result of blatant stupidity on the part of the FBI and a mentally unstable lady. So, here’s my take:
    Jill Kelley just happens to have a friend that is an FBI agent. She gets some strange emails from Paula (aka Fatal Attraction). Jill goes to her FBI friend, who in turn hands over the information to the cyber-crimes unit, (CCU). CCU looks at the emails, says there is nothing really threatening and they can’t really help. Jill’s FBI friend says, look, just look a little, she’s a friend and she’s hot, (the FBI agent was removed from the case because he became personally involved and sent a shirtless picture to Jill Kelley). The CCU scrapes the service, and boom!
    I’m not saying that this isn’t a good thing, I think it is. Law Enforcement gets lucky sometimes and it pays off. It now looks like Fatal Attraction has in her possession things that she shouldn’t. But to tell you the truth, I don’t see anything else here. It’s just an uncovered love affair that may bring down several people and ruin their reputations. But like I tell my kids, if you don’t want your reputation ruined, don’t put it at risk.

  7. 40

    Nan G

    Friday is going to be good.
    Retired General and ex-CIA head David Patraeus is set to testify to Congress.
    I don’t know how much will be public.
    But, I wonder If this whole this was an attempt to paint him as untrustworthy.
    His photo of taking office as CIA head, hand on family Bible held by wife he’d already cheated on has been all over the liberal media.

  8. 41

    Dc

    So, the president just said…that “he” (the whitehouse) was the one who sent Rice to do a “presentation” about Benghazi. He implied that he was not briefed on what she was…simply that she was briefed and went out to give a presentation of what they knew at the time. The president then got angry and vindictive about questioning Rice or his/her motives in this as anything more than that.

    Here’s the problem Mr President. Despite your careful strawman setup that you sent rice to simply inform or do a presentation….she was sent out AFTER the news was buzzing that this had nothing to do with a film to unequivocally “defend” that view by going on every single network to shoot down allegations that were leading to different conclusions. She didn’t do any “presentation” nor was it meant to be informative. It was a defensive move …by the whitehouse…to keep the narrative in the news focused on the film/protest gone awry narrative…when even the president himself claims he knew it to be an act of terrorism the day it happened.

    CNN should have enough contradictory statements on file from the president at this point to do a montage. But, they appear to be setting this up to be another “Republican” issue…ie., the “angry republicans” taking it out on a “woman” just because they lost an election. Oh boy. Can’t wait.

  9. 42

    Nan G

    If she is sent up for confirmation SHE is making herself a target for everything she’s EVER said.
    Obama can either serve her up for that or he can pick someone else.

  10. 44

    Dc

    And the other question DrJ would be …given they didn’t know the truth of what happened, for what purpose was Obama sending Rice out to every network? And who briefed her at that point with information that there was no evidence that it was anything other than a spontaneous event off film protests. (*ie., the best evidence they had at the time). And why did that evidence, contradict the president’s own earlier statement in the rose garden…where he claims his intent was to call it an act of terrorism on day 1??

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