Report: FBI agent who investigated Broadwell sent shirtless photos to other woman in case; Update: FBI searching Broadwell’s home? Update: More clues

posted at 9:28 pm on November 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

We’re governed by circus clowns.

Shirtless circus clowns:

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.

The FBI officials found that he had sent shirtless pictures of himself to Ms. Kelley, according to the people familiar with the probe.

That same agent, after being barred from the case, contacted a member of Congress, Washington Republican David Reichert, because he was concerned senior FBI officials were going to sweep the matter under the rug, the officials said.

Josh Marshall observes that Petraeus suddenly looks like the most mentally balanced person involved in this. This does seem to answer some of the lingering questions, though. Who was the “whistleblower” who tipped Reichert and, eventually, Cantor? Now we know. Why were the DOJ and FBI allegedly reluctant to share the news about Petraeus with the White House and DNI until very recently? Maybe because this scandal is almost as much of an embarrassment to them as it is to Petraeus. Why did the FBI take an unusual interest in what appeared to be an otherwise routine case of cyber-harassment? Because, if you believe the Journal, the agent involved had an unusual interest in Kelley. In fact, the Daily Beast claims to have spoken to a source who’s seen the e-mails Broadwell sent to Kelley. I was expecting there’d be death threats — “hair-raising” material, as I said in a Greenroom post this weekend. It ain’t that:

The messages were instead what the source terms “kind of cat-fight stuff.”

“More like, ‘Who do you think you are? … You parade around the base … You need to take it down a notch,’” according to the source, who was until recently at the highest levels of the intelligence community and prefers not to be identified by name…

When the FBI friend showed the emails to the cyber squad in the Tampa field office, her fellow agents noted that the absence of any overt threats.

“No, ‘I’ll kill you’ or ‘I’ll burn your house down,’” the source says. “It doesn’t seem really that bad.”

The squad was not even sure the case was worth pursuing, the source says.

“What does this mean? There’s no threat there. This is against the law?” the agents asked themselves by the source’s account.

Now we know why no criminal charges were filed. As for why Kelley has reportedly lawyered up with a verrrry pricey legal team, that’s still not entirely obvious. But the weirder this gets, the more understandable it is that she’d want top-notch lawyers on her side. All this story needs now is some sort of John Edwards angle and we’ll have achieved maximum scandal-ocity.

Exit question: Who left the mysterious Wikipedia edit on Paula Broadwell’s entry back in January?

Update: The plot thickens:

Gallagher is a reporter with WCNC in North Carolina and her Twitter timeline is filling up with reports from the scene outside Broadwell’s home. Maybe I spoke too soon about there being no charges filed in this case. But … charges for what?

Update: I assume the probable cause here has to do with those classified documents found on Broadwell’s computer. But that was weeks ago, if I have the timeline straight. Why are they only searching now?

Update: I’m still thinking about Newsweek’s source on Broadwell’s e-mails in the piece quoted above. He was “until recently at the highest levels of the intelligence community and prefers not to be identified by name” and he knows what was in the messages Broadwell sent to Kelley? Is there any obvious suspect besides Petraeus himself?

Update: Yep, sounds like the FBI’s suddenly very curious as to where Broadwell got her info:

“Menacing” anonymous emails that launched the FBI investigation which ultimately brought down CIA Director David Petraeus contained references to the “comings and goings” of high-level U.S. military officials, raising concerns that someone had improperly gained access to sensitive and classified information, a source close to the recipient tells NBC News…

What most alarmed Kelley and the FBI, the source said, were references to “the comings and goings” of high-level generals from the U.S. Central Command, which is based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, and the U.S. Southern Command, as well as Petraeus — including events that were not on any public schedule.


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I’m wondering if there is a smokescreen here. What if there wasn’t an affair? What if its misdirection?

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Hey! I asked this, in another thread earlier today, and got shat all over. Faking emails and planting poisonous stories in the media are easy enough for civilians, let alone spooks.

bofh on November 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Exit question: Did Obama trade Benghazi prisoners for Ambassador? Then bungle it?

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Oops!

I’m sure congress wants to hear more about that. I sure do.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I’m still laughing and have disturbed Comrade Fred and the rest of beasts downstairs.

JPeterman on November 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM

You have all the reasons, but this is not even 1% of what is yet to come. This is the story of all stories and Obama is all in it.

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Hey! I asked this, in another thread earlier today, and got shat all over. Faking emails and planting poisonous stories in the media are easy enough for civilians, let alone spooks.

bofh on November 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM

who knows? If it is, its big, but it appears to be more than that when the context of Benghazi is brought into it. If it isn’t an affair affair, then the affair is just the bait and from the looks of it, the Obama administration is chasing it.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I really haven’t seen anything that anyone has done that is illegal yet. Yes, adultery is illegal in the military, however, is it in the CIA?????? doubtful

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Maybe it’s a Petraeus & Paula video that had the jihadis knickers in a twist. We may never know.

hoosiermama on November 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

This is like the funniest thing ever. Then, I remember that Obama was re-elected–and that is far from funny.

Rusty Allen on November 12, 2012 at 10:50 PM

I figured out how the Benghazi story could get covered by the NBC/ABC/NYT/WAPO press cabal.

Circulate the story that Broadwell had sex with Chris Stevens and EVERYONE at the CIA prison there.

And or that Broadwell and Petraeus was sexing with her under the desk when the call came in from the embassy that it was under attack.

Or that Huma Abedin was involved or that the shirtless photo FBI was a friend of Anthony Weiner.

Any of these stories would get investigations going in 10 committees on Cap Hill.

PappyD61 on November 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM

This would not have altered the election. Obama’s voters don’t care.

envycat on November 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM

If she has a TS clearance, then she can technically have access to what he gave her. The fact that she has it, gives him a huge trump card, no?

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Uh, not really… there’s that whole “need to know” thing that will prove problematic.

Roc on November 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM

If Paula Broadwell has in her possession some very very valuable information that, if released, would be potentially very damaging to the Obama administration, then there is more to this story. Her statement in Denver is proof that that might be the case. Petraeus is no slouch and he ain’t no dummy. Dude has a PhD from Princeton.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Gawd, what a screw up. Can’t Obama do anything right?
If they wanted to shut Petraeus up just arrange for him to go to the park to met Hillary.
Or have him die in a mysterious car crash where they find him stuffed in a trunk in Arkansaw with documents from the Rose law firm.
Flippin’ amateurs.

mechkiller_k on November 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

ditto. either the USMA attracts them, or makes them this way—that is, hypercompetitive–almost to a fault. It can make them insufferable sometimes. I see it in her eyes, she’s a killer in a black dress and she thrives on crushing competition.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Yep.

Mine was in a corporate reality.

Holy F. Talk about burning it all down.

That’s why I know, instinctively, what Petraeus did.

He hooked up with her, she played it like they were buds, not a couple.

It either stopped out of guilt, (his), or she started the “where is this going” game.

He then knew he was in trouble. So he tried to make a peaceful split by continuing to advance her career – books, intel, whatever.

But the whole time, she’s been hawking him.

So the question for me, is why now?

This is textbook “Hot to throw gasoline on a fire”

If he wanted this to end quietly – go before the commission, then announce retirement due to health reasons.

That way, maybe WaPo would eventually write a story about an affair, but it would be backpage on a Saturday and no one would care.

But this way, he knew Benghazi would overtake the Fiscal Cliff.

He knows, by saying “subponea me”, he’s insinuating he wants to lawyer up.

If Petraeus does, Benghazi becomes Iran-Contra.

Which makes me wonder if he saw the writing on the wall, personally and professionally, and found this his best option to kill both.

If not that, then she knows way the hell more than she should, and she’s threatened to go public, so P needed to discredit her now.

budfox on November 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

For what it’s worth:

http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/11/07/military-insider-watergate-him/

“Voters failed to do right thing.

Up to us now. We intend to try another option.

Watergate him. Not waterboard him. Watergate him.”

can_con on November 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

PappyD61 on November 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM

genius!

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

****************** RED ALERT ************************

AGENT now under SCRUTENIZATION
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Report: FBI opens investigation into agent who launched Petraeus probe – @WSJ

5 mins ago from online.wsj.com by editor
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Updated November 12, 2012, 10:24 p.m. ET

FBI Agent in Petraeus Case Under Scrutiny
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324439804578115410189757452.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories

canopfor on November 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

You have all the reasons, but this is not even 1% of what is yet to come. This is the story of all stories and Obama is all in it.

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Good, I need more laughs. I now wake up with a smile on my mug and the words on my lips…..

Let. It. Burn.

JPeterman on November 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM

This is like the funniest thing ever. Then, I remember that Obama was re-elected–and that is far from funny.

Rusty Allen on November 12, 2012 at 10:50 PM

It’s great surrealism to lift the pain.

Hollywood should sue. Government stealing their business.

the_nile on November 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Hint to older men in the intelligence community: e-mailing shirtless pics is never, ever a positive career move, unless you’re angling for a shoot with Esquire.

Good Solid B-Plus on November 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM

I really haven’t seen anything that anyone has done that is illegal yet. Yes, adultery is illegal in the military, however, is it in the CIA?????? doubtful

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

A piece at wired, IIRC, said CIA is kewl with it as long as they’re not a foreign and “your spouse is informed”!

budfox on November 12, 2012 at 10:55 PM

I dont’, refresh my memory….

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) discovers how DC works in his efforts to investigate the deaths of an American family who were close friends of the president who, along with his NSA and CIA cohort, decide to go after the cartels instigating and unauthorized war utilizing Special Ops guys.

Jack, being a Marine and honorable man discovers how DC works, but the needless deaths of military men (Special Ops) for political expediency enrages him.

Ultimately he enters Congress and reveals all.

That’s the last scene.

It wasn’t the Fat Lady who sang. It was a military man.

Cody1991 on November 12, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Uh, not really… there’s that whole “need to know” thing that will prove problematic.

Roc on November 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM

If Petraeus’ job is to “protect the American people” and the info he gave her will help him do that, then she needs to know.

I am hoping *please Lord* that he gave her some goods and now the Obama admin is frantically searching for her to get it back.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Ultimately he enters Congress and reveals all.

That’s the last scene.

It wasn’t the Fat Lady who sang. It was a military man.

Cody1991 on November 12, 2012 at 10:55 PM

oh yes, thanks cody. that was the one where they watched some terrorist camp get raided live on a satellite feed as well wasn’t it?

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM

If Petraeus does, Benghazi becomes Iran-Contra.

Which makes me wonder if he saw the writing on the wall, personally and professionally, and found this his best option to kill both.

If not that, then she knows way the hell more than she should, and she’s threatened to go public, so P needed to discredit her now.

budfox on November 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

bud, OK, I never thought of this angle. DP discrediting PB. hmmm…

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Reputation

She wasn’t banging Petraeus, but the media is letting everyone think otherwise.

So her life in Tampa could be ruined if she doesn’t get a shark who will scare half-ass reporting.

Then, you know, a book deal and a few appearances.

budfox on November 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Yes, and many of the people on this thread have picked up the ball and are running with it.

But hey, who cares if the family (including her husband’s medical practice) and reputation of someone who may be entirely innocent in this whole mess gets smeared, as long as it makes for some good sh*ts and giggles on a blog thread.

I mean, she’s of Lebanese descent, hawt, and wears short dresses, so she’s got it coming by gawd!

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Unless Broadwell was at the base in Tampa at the same time as Kelley it’s not at all clear how she would know about Kelley’s behavior there. So maybe there is someone else in the picture who was feeding info to Broadwell about what Petraeus was doing, where he was, who he was with and in that context talked about Kelley? So there’s some other target for this renewed investigation, although why that wouldn’t have been looked at before, who knows. Broadwell apparently gave up her computer pretty quickly when she was questioned a few weeks ago so maybe this is just some belated butt covering on the FBI’s part.

I think it’s possible that no one at headquarters reviewed any of the Tampa/Charlotte materials in any meaningful way until the past few days and someone higher up is going through everything now anticipating the kinds of questions that are going to be asked. Like how did Broadwell know this or that, especially if she wasn’t there.

Bennett on November 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM

I figured out how the Benghazi story could get covered by the NBC/ABC/NYT/WAPO press cabal.

Circulate the story that Broadwell had sex with Chris Stevens and EVERYONE at the CIA prison there.

And or that Broadwell and Petraeus was sexing with her under the desk when the call came in from the embassy that it was under attack.

Or that Huma Abedin was involved or that the shirtless photo FBI was a friend of Anthony Weiner.

Any of these stories would get investigations going in 10 committees on Cap Hill.

PappyD61 on November 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM

PappyD61:

Brilliant,and pictures,and videos,and twitpics,
and Insta-grams too,and…..and,,,———–:)

canopfor on November 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM

This would not have altered the election. Obama’s voters don’t care.

envycat on November 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Romney lost due to suppressed/voluntary turnout. He lost by very little too.

He wouldn’t have been Nirvana, but way better than this 3rd world charlatanic teenager thug.

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM

If not that, then she knows way the hell more than she should, and she’s threatened to go public, so P needed to discredit her now.

budfox on November 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

so Petraeus got wind that she was going rogue and he short circuited it? Maybe Petraeus is defending the president from her??

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:01 PM

The two spouses knew and did nothing.

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I’ve not seen proof of that, could you direct me to it please?

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 11:01 PM

The emails weren’t menacing at all.

Why are they only searching now?

Duh!

Blake on November 12, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Anybody heard from Gen Ham lately..?

d1carter on November 12, 2012 at 11:03 PM

The FBI will search your gmail, but it won’t search for clues at the scene of a terrorist attack movie review.

/change.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Would be nice.

But I’ve read and watched enough to know she’s an egomaniac, who thought she was going to be Obama’s next National Security Advisor.

That was her goal.

That’s why she spent sooo much air showing off who and what she knows.

Her biggest problem?

Over compensating.

The bod’s a ten, because the face is a five.

I knew a chick like this once, identical in almost every way. When they don’t get what they want, when reality doesn’t match the goal, watch out.

budfox on November 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM

See the resemblance to Casey Anthony?

slickwillie2001 on November 12, 2012 at 11:04 PM

No. General Petraeus’ wife, and Mrs. Broadwell’s husband, are the most mentally balanced people involved in this.

unclesmrgol on November 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM</blockquote

Petraeus' wife got a big job at Consumer Protection Bureau… and I'm still wondering about Broadwell's husband. When it came out that the emails were sent from a joint email account I immediately thought the jealous husband must have been the one to send them. She wouldn't be that stupid, would she??

monalisa on November 12, 2012 at 11:04 PM

oh yes, thanks cody. that was the one where they watched some terrorist camp get raided live on a satellite feed as well wasn’t it?

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM

No. That one was “Patriot Games”. Thought about that one as well.

But this cover-up seems more like what was described in, “A Clear and Present Danger.”

The president allowed a covert war to be waged against the drug cartels. Ryan was working with the CIA, but his military pride and allegiance eventually forced him to blow the top off the administration.

Good stuff.

Cody1991 on November 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM

One official said the agent in question sent shirtless photos to Ms. Kelley well before the email investigation began, and FBI officials only became aware of them some time later.

Was it the wording of the article and the Andrea Mitchell blurb that fooled everyone here into thinking it was some different agent that sent the shirtless pic? She asked the agent whose shirtless picture she already had on her computer to help her about the threatening emails she was getting and that agent friend of hers alerted the FBI. He didn’t investigate anything in this case.

Buddahpundit on November 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM

All known about her is “close but Platonic relationship”, by Petraeus’ account, family friend, bla, bla, and that she seriously lawyered up.

We now know that Petraeus is not R/C, is of Obama’s political persuasion.

The timeline of his liaison with Paula is a sheer mfg. lie. The kernel of what is behind this one, what her dad said “it’s about entirely something else” will all come out soon. Benghazi will not go away.

That DP exposed the land to this is silly.

That he covered up for Obama, until after the election, on Benghazi and other, is incredible, for his sworn duty.

That Reichert/Cantor knew and did nothing is beyond credulity. The Rs are always stupid.

Get more popcorn. Obama will not skate on this. Benghazi is not told, yet.

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM

The FBI will search your gmail, but it won’t search for clues at the scene of a terrorist attack movie review.

/change.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Waiting for hard evidence that anyone from the FBI ever made it to the ‘consulate’. It looks like nothing more than little Bammie’s excuse for a three-week delay.

slickwillie2001 on November 12, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Good stuff.

Cody1991 on November 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM

oh that’s right, it’s been a few years….

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:07 PM

See the resemblance to Casey Anthony?

slickwillie2001 on November 12, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Lara Croft

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Hoekstra knows and says we “ain’t seen nothin’, yet”. He is actually one of the few smart ones ever to have been in DC.

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Is a state department military liaison and an event planner the same thing..?

d1carter on November 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Lara Croft

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 11:07 PM

oh yes!

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Hoekstra knows and says we “ain’t seen nothin’, yet”. He is actually one of the few smart ones ever to have been in DC.

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Schad, got a link? I missed that one.

Tx

Cody1991 on November 12, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Is a state department military liaison and an event planner the same thing..?

d1carter on November 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM

State Department Military Liasion is what you put on the resume’….. Event Planner is what you actually do.

/jobs.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Oh,dis is,ahem..(funny)!!!

Andrew Kaczynski ‏@BuzzFeedAndrew

I think yesterday’s NY Post actually UNDERSTATED what a freak show the Petraeus affair has become. pic.twitter.com/h7RwYdyG

https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew/status/268202142614032384/photo/1

canopfor on November 12, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Exit question: Did Obama trade Benghazi prisoners for Ambassador? Then bungle it?

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Oops!

I’m sure congress wants to hear more about that. I sure do.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM

More likely Obama traded prisoners for missing weapons and bungled it.

gatsbysgirlontheside on November 12, 2012 at 11:13 PM

heh! David Petraeus, International Man of Mystery….
thx canopfor.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:14 PM

There’s a name here, but I’m blocking on it… it’s on the tip of my tongue. Trying to grab it. Damn, I know it belongs here somewhere, what was it…ummmm.. Oh yeah, I know: “Hillary Clinton”.

bofh on November 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Davide Petraeus, the most interesting man in the world

22044 on November 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM

All known about her is “close but Platonic relationship”, by Petraeus’ account, family friend, bla, bla, and that she seriously lawyered up.

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Yes, she is a friend, of both Petraeus and his wife. She is an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base, so of course she’s been in social gatherings with the former General.

And considering some of the accusations made about her in the media, I don’t blame her for lawyering up. It is not just her reputation at stake, her husband has a successful medical career in the Tampa area that could be seriously harmed by the innuendos and accusations that are casually being thrown about.

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Davide Petraeus, the most interesting man in the world

22044 on November 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year.

JPeterman on November 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM

heh! David Petraeus, International Man of Mystery….
thx canopfor.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:14 PM

ted c:

Haha,from AndrewBuzzFeed,I sent it into AP,a great screen shot!:)

canopfor on November 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Jill Kelley dresses extremely inappropriately. So, yeah, there is something not right in her head.

Blake on November 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Exit question: Did Obama trade Benghazi prisoners for Ambassador? Then bungle it?

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Oops!

I’m sure congress wants to hear more about that. I sure do.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM

More likely Obama traded prisoners for missing weapons and bungled it.

gatsbysgirlontheside on November 12, 2012 at 11:13 PM

So far even including the wackiest suggestions heard on HA in the last couple of months, I haven’t heard anything worth the coverup that the White House has engaged in. We have to think bigger.

Let’s think about something to do with Qhadafi’s chemical weapons, or maybe something to do with Israel, or something that is against international treaties, or something that would seriously p off Russia. Something bigger is going on.

slickwillie2001 on November 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM

anyone get the feeling that Gen. Mcchrystal will make an appearance soon? payback!

can_con on November 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Jill Kelley dresses extremely inappropriately. So, yeah, there is something not right in her head.

Blake on November 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM

For her age, yes.

slickwillie2001 on November 12, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM

You still didn’t answer my question, is there proof that Mrs. Petraeus and Mr. Broadwell knew about the affair before last week?

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Mary Kute Ham on BOR now.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:24 PM

anyone get the feeling that Gen. Mcchrystal will make an appearance soon? payback!

can_con on November 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I don’t but, the theatrics would be earth shattering.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Her biggest problem? Over compensating.

The bod’s a ten, because the face is a five.

I knew a chick like this once, identical in almost every way. When they don’t get what they want, when reality doesn’t match the goal, watch out.

budfox on November 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM

My first wife was another Charlotte chick alot like Broadwell – we even lived in the same Dilworth area as Broadwell, and they even look eerily similar. But if Broadwell is anywhere near as vindictive, scheming and dangerous as my ex, there’s a lot of people puckered up with worry about what she’s got up her sleeve right now. As my brother correctly observed upon first meeting her, “That woman is as mean as a g*ddamn bag of rattlesnakes.”

If Broadwell is half as crazy and mean as my ex, this thing is far from over and is likely to get really ugly. Good thing I still have a LOT of unpopped popcorn leftover from Nov. 6.

Harbingeing on November 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM

I don’t but, the theatrics would be earth shattering.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Can you imagine him walking into congress as an unannounced witness!

can_con on November 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Ok, I have to say it, because it is more than official at this point, the inmates are now running the assylum!

MarshFox on November 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Ms. Kelley, a volunteer who organizes social events for military personnel in the Tampa area,

Translation? Pimp.

equanimous on November 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Meanwhile…………………

12 November 2012 Last updated at 23:20 ET

FBI search Petraeus mistress Paula Broadwell’s home
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is searching the home of the woman who had an extramarital affair with former CIA director David Petraeus.

FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch confirmed to the BBC on Monday night that agents were at Paula Broadwell’s house in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The spokeswoman did not say what the agents were doing at the married mother-of-two’s property.

Mr Petraeus has acknowledged the affair was a “colossal mistake”.

The FBI spokeswoman told the BBC that agents arrived at the Broadwell home in the Dilworth neighbourhood of the city just before 21:00 local time (02:00 GMT).

Mr Petraeus stood down as head of the CIA last week shortly before news broke of the affair with his biographer.

The relationship was discovered after a second woman, Jill Kelley, 37, told the FBI she had received anonymous harassing emails.

The FBI investigation found the messages had come from Mrs Broadwell, and further inquiry revealed the 40-year-old’s affair with Mr Petraeus.

There is no suggestion that Mrs Kelley, a married socialite from Tampa, Florida, had an affair with Mr Petraeus. In a statement, she and her husband acknowledged their friendship with Mr Petraeus and asked for privacy.

Wife ‘furious’
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Retired Army Col Steve Boylan earlier told ABC News that Mr Petraeus’ wife of 38 years, Holly, was “not exactly pleased” by the news of his relationship with Mrs Broadwell.

“Furious would be an understatement”, Col Boylan said.
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“This was poor judgement on his part. It was a colossal mistake, he knows that, he’s acknowledged that.”

He added: “They’re a strong family. They’ll get through this.”

Col Boylan said Mr Petraeus’ affair with Mrs Broadwell began following the four-star general’s retirement from the army and about two months after he became director of the CIA.

He also said it had ended about four months ago.

Mr Petraeus joined the CIA in September 2011 after heading international forces in Iraq and later in Afghanistan.
National security concerns

Adultery is illegal under military law, and correspondents say Mr Petraeus could face military prosecution if evidence is found to challenge claims that the affair began after he left the army.

**Jill Kelley (left) pictured with Mr Petraeus’ wife, Holly**
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20307743#TWEET356981

canopfor on November 12, 2012 at 11:30 PM

The rot in the government is just unbelievable. Is there any department in the government that isn’t rotting? Size the government down. They are a rotting parasite. Too big to manage their own and leaving Americans vulnerable.

Charm on November 12, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Ms. Kelley, a volunteer who organizes social events for military personnel in the Tampa area,

Translation? Pimp.

equanimous on November 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM

A Madam?

JPeterman on November 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM

A Madam?

JPeterman on November 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Madam is just a more polite way of saying pimp…

equanimous on November 12, 2012 at 11:33 PM

You still didn’t answer my question, is there proof that Mrs. Petraeus and Mr. Broadwell knew about the affair before last week?

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 11:24 PM

There is no proof, Flora, but I would say D.C. is super gossipy and there must have been rumblings.

All I know is if my husband had spent time writing a book on some hot shot woman, or if some hotshot woman was writing his biography and it ended up sounding like a love letter, I would be mighty suspicious.

Mitsouko on November 12, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Heh. Jill Kelley has an identical twin sister.

lester on November 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM

For her age, yes.

slickwillie2001 on November 12, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Unless she’s 5 years old or younger, the dresses she wears are inappropriate for all ages. Her dresses barely cover her crotch.

Blake on November 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Oh for boinks sakes,a Tea-Party Connection………….

Andrew Kaczynski ‏@BuzzFeedAndrew

RT @DougSaunders: The NYT suggests Petraeus’s sex life was only investigated because one FBI agent was a Tea Party type http://is.gd/PcdZpb
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Motives Questioned in F.B.I. Inquiry of Petraeus E-Mails
Nov 12 2012
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WASHINGTON — Is a string of angry e-mails really enough, in an age of boisterous online exchanges, to persuade the F.B.I. to open a cyberstalking investigation?

Sometimes the answer is yes, law enforcement officials and legal experts said Monday — especially if the e-mails in question reflect an inside knowledge of the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

That was true of the e-mails sent anonymously to Jill Kelley, a friend of the C.I.A. director, David H. Petraeus, which prompted the F.B.I. office in Tampa, Fla., to begin an investigation last June. The inquiry traced the e-mails to Mr. Petraeus’s biographer, Paula Broadwell, exposed their extramarital affair and led Friday to his resignation after 14 months as head of the intelligence agency.

On Monday night, F.B.I. agents went to Ms. Broadwell’s home in Charlotte, N.C., and were seen carrying away what several reporters at the scene said were boxes of documents. A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the case remains open, said Ms. Broadwell had consented to the search.

Some commentators have questioned whether the bureau would ordinarily investigate a citizen complaint about unwanted e-mails, suggesting that there must have been a hidden motive, possibly political, to take action. F.B.I. officials are scheduled to brief the Senate and House intelligence committees on Tuesday about the case.

But law enforcement officials insisted on Monday that the case was handled “on the merits.” The cyber squad at the F.B.I.’s Tampa field office opened an investigation, after consulting with federal prosecutors, based on what appeared to be a legitimate complaint about e-mail harassment.

The complaint was more intriguing, the officials acknowledged, because the author of the e-mails, which criticized Ms. Kelley for supposed flirtatious behavior toward Mr. Petraeus at social events, seemed to have an insider’s knowledge of the C.I.A. director’s activities. One e-mail accused Ms. Kelley of “touching” Mr. Petraeus inappropriately under a dinner table.

“There was a legitimate case to open on the facts, with the support of the prosecutors,” said the official who described the search at Ms. Broadwell’s home. He added, “They asked, does somebody know more about Petraeus than you’d expect?”

Ms. Kelley, a volunteer with wounded veterans and military families, brought her complaint to a rank-and-file agent she knew from a previous encounter with the F.B.I. office, the official also said. That agent, who had previously pursued a friendship with Ms. Kelley and had earlier sent her shirtless photographs of himself, was “just a conduit” for the complaint, he said. He had no training in cybercrime, was not part of the cyber squad handling the case and was never assigned to the investigation.

But the agent, who was not identified, continued to “nose around” about the case, and eventually his superiors “told him to stay the hell away from it, and he was not invited to briefings,” the official said. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Monday night that the agent had been barred from the case.

Later, the agent became convinced — incorrectly, the official said — that the case had stalled. Because of his “worldview,” as the official put it, he suspected a politically motivated cover-up to protect President Obama. The agent alerted Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who called the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, on Oct. 31 to tell him of the agent’s concerns.

The official said the agent’s self-described “whistle-blowing” was “a little embarrassing” but had no effect on the investigation.

David H. Laufman, who served as a federal prosecutor in national security cases from 2003 to 2007, said, “there’s a lot of chatter and noise about cybercrimes,” and most of it does not lead to an investigation. But he added, “It’s plausible to me that if Ms. Kelley indicated that the stalking was related to her friendship with the C.I.A. director, that would have elevated it as a priority for the bureau.” (More..)

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/us/timeline-shows-fbi-discovered-petraeus-affair-in-summer.html?_r=1&amp;
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canopfor on November 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Her dresses barely cover her crotch.

Blake on November 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Wait, I thought she was hosting a lingerie party. What?

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Unless she’s 5 years old or younger, the dresses she wears are inappropriate for all ages. Her dresses barely cover her crotch.

Blake on November 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM

wait what?

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Jill Kelley dresses extremely inappropriately. So, yeah, there is something not right in her head.

Blake on November 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM

For her age, yes.

slickwillie2001 on November 12, 2012 at 11:23 PM

And you’re making those assumptions based on what? 2 photographs taken at functions where we don’t know what the themes or occassions were?

But yes, you’re right, “Jill Kelley dresses extremely inappropriately” and here’s the proof.

Jill Kelley 1

Jill Kelley 2

Jill Kelley 3

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Is there anybody in the FBI or CIA that acts appropriately? Are we going to see Leon Panetta’s dick pics at some point in the near future?

ModerateMan on November 12, 2012 at 11:41 PM

I like jill #2 and #3…thanks flora.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Andrew Kaczynski ‏@BuzzFeedAndrew

RT @rickrothacker: FBI inside Paula Broadwell’s house; reporters outside http://yfrog.com/h0k9bnyj
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http://twitter.yfrog.com/h0k9bnyj

canopfor on November 12, 2012 at 11:41 PM

so Petraeus got wind that she was going rogue and he short circuited it? Maybe Petraeus is defending the president from her??

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:01 PM

If this is the angle, then he’s defending the guys involved in the rendition program, first, DOD second, Obama third.

I keep coming back to the idea that the Benghazi house didn’t spring up overnight.

It existed under Quadaffi, after he ceded on nukes.

He was working with intel on AQ movement in the Horn of Africa.

Remember the pup tents in NY and France? The guy was a frenemie.

…and Obama helped take him out. Like Mubarak.

IMO – Obama cut a deal with the resistance movements, and he knows they’re losing Egypt, rapidly, with Lybia teetering.

He thought the western influenced revolutionaries would carry the day, but it’s not appearing so.

budfox on November 12, 2012 at 11:42 PM

But the agent, who was not identified, continued to “nose around” about the case, and eventually his superiors “told him to stay the hell away from it, and he was not invited to briefings,” the official said. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Monday night that the agent had been barred from the case.

Later, the agent became convinced — incorrectly, the official said — that the case had stalled. Because of his “worldview,” as the official put it, he suspected a politically motivated cover-up to protect President Obama. The agent alerted Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who called the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, on Oct. 31 to tell him of the agent’s concerns.

The official said the agent’s self-described “whistle-blowing” was “a little embarrassing” but had no effect on the investigation.

canopfor on November 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Even more convoluted.

How do they know he was Tea Party?

sharrukin on November 12, 2012 at 11:44 PM

If Broadwell is half as crazy and mean as my ex, this thing is far from over and is likely to get really ugly. Good thing I still have a LOT of unpopped popcorn leftover from Nov. 6.

Harbingeing on November 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Alright!

I think me, you and TedC have a club going now!

Who else wants to join?

I think our flag can be a guy in a defensive boxing stance.

budfox on November 12, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Coochie pic

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM

He thought the western influenced revolutionaries would carry the day, but it’s not appearing so.

budfox on November 12, 2012 at 11:42 PM

budfox:)
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Shadi Hamid ‏@shadihamid

For those who missed it, my @ForeignPolicy piece on how (and why) Obama lost the Middle East: http://bit.ly/TvxZLM

https://twitter.com/foreignpolicy
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Middle East Lost
The Arab Spring gave Barack Obama the perfect opening to reorient U.S. policy in the Middle East. Too bad he blew it.

Nov 5 2012
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One of the great mysteries of the past four years is how Barack Obama — who rose to the presidency, in part, on his promises to fundamentally re-think and re-orient U.S. policy in the Middle East — has instead spent his term running away from the region.

It is difficult to remember it now, but the prospect of an Obama presidency was initially greeted in the Arab world with a mixture of relief and guarded optimism. His name and Muslim origins certainly helped. But there was something else: For the first time, here was an American president who seemed to have an intuitive grasp of Arab grievances. This grasp extended, perhaps most importantly, to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Israelis may have been victims, but so too were the Palestinians. In short, Obama seemed to “get” the Middle East. This didn’t sound like someone who wanted to spend three years “pivoting” to China.

To look back at Obama’s various statements before becoming president is somewhat jarring. At a 2003 farewell party for the scholar Rashid Khalidi, a fierce advocate for Palestinian rights, Obama told the audience that his conversations with Khalidi had been “consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases … It’s for that reason that I’m hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation.”

Palestinian-American journalist Ali Abunimah recounted Obama telling him in 2004:

“I’m sorry I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I’m hoping when things calm down I can be more up front.” (The campaign denied that Obama made such remarks.)
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http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/11/05/middle_east_lost?page=full

canopfor on November 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM

budfox on November 12, 2012 at 11:42 PM

dude! whoa you are thinkin big.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM

man, where are the shirtless pixx? /harumph

Jeddite on November 12, 2012 at 11:53 PM

jill kelley
jkelley
or
KJelley

i’ll stop now.

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 11:55 PM

KYJelley

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Later, the agent became convinced — incorrectly, the official said — that the case had stalled. Because of his “worldview,” as the official put it, he suspected a politically motivated cover-up to protect President Obama. The agent alerted Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who called the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, on Oct. 31 to tell him of the agent’s concerns.

The official said the agent’s self-described “whistle-blowing” was “a little embarrassing” but had no effect on the investigation.

He was right though.

the_nile on November 12, 2012 at 11:56 PM

I guess the “3 a.m. call” in DC is really just a booty call.

PattyJ on November 12, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Is there any obvious suspect besides Petraeus himself?

What better way (the Chicago way) to keep him from spilling the beans about what really happened in Benghazi, then to threaten criminal charges against him?

oldwino on November 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Why don’t one of you guys who are good with graphics just photoshop a picture of Kelley with a c*ck in her mouth, like the left did to S.E. Cupp earlier this year.

That was such a hoot, wasn’t it?

Flora Duh on November 13, 2012 at 12:03 AM

I’m wondering if there is a smokescreen here. What if there wasn’t an affair? What if its misdirection?

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Could be, you know. First, a matter of background. Obama appoints a military man, not just any military man, to head CIA, but a 4-star, well respected and known one. First time that’s ever been done.

Since the beginning of the CIA, there has been a war between Defense and the CIA, often over security control issues and budgetary as well.

So, when a Green-Machine General like Petraeus is appointed and starts doing things over at the company that messes with their matrix, it wouldn’t surprise me at all that they were all in, as it were, to take him out.

Now, if little nerds in a basement somewhere can create all kinds of email addresses and traffic, I imagine that the CIA might be able to do it as well. Hence the traffic to this Kelley woman and her ability to immediately get the FBI involved in her email harassment claims.

Plus, if there was truth as to the D/CIA having a dalliance with the author of those emails, slam-effing-dunk!

There is much more to this story than about a getting a little on the side.

TXUS on November 13, 2012 at 12:05 AM

I’ve not seen proof of that, could you direct me to it please?

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 11:01 PM

From AllahP – follow green room link too.

Third, I have a post up in the Greenroom noting that Petraeus and Broadwell seemed conspicuously “together” as early as 2010, with even Mrs. Petraeus likely becoming aware of it before last Friday.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

So DP boned the Kelley twins? I bet it’ll come out next.

lester on November 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Sorry, Flora, I was over at the QotD until now.

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM

I don’t disagree with any of your comment.

On Mr. Broadwell, the NYT claims it wasn’t him that sent in that long note, but he doesn’t deny it.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM

canopfor on November 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Even more convoluted.

How do they know he was Tea Party?

sharrukin on November 12, 2012 at 11:44 PM

sharrukin:

I think,Andrew from Buzzfeed,must have an inside scoop,
or this piece below,got misinterrupted!

Some commentators have questioned whether the bureau would ordinarily investigate a citizen complaint about unwanted e-mails, suggesting that there must have been a hidden motive, possibly political, to take action. F.B.I. officials are scheduled to brief the Senate and House intelligence committees on Tuesday about the case.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/us/timeline-shows-fbi-discovered-petraeus-affair-in-summer.html?_r=0

canopfor on November 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM

So DP boned the Kelley twins? I bet it’ll come out next.

lester on November 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Just your imagination.

Btw, he is not a Republican. He is of Obama’s political persuasion. The Rs were nuts to assume otherwise, when he’d never declared. Today an article clarified.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 12:12 AM

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.”

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 12:17 AM

11/12/2012 @ 11:43PM
FBI Search of Paula Broadwell’s Home Live-Tweeted by Local News Reporter
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http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkantrowitz/2012/11/12/fbi-search-of-paula-broadwells-home-live-tweeted-by-local-news-reporter/

canopfor on November 13, 2012 at 12:20 AM

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