Today’s plot twist: Police find Paula Broadwell’s driver’s license in D.C. park

posted at 6:01 pm on November 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

Between this, the accusations against Gen. Allen and Jill Kelley, and the feds following a routine e-mail harassment case all the way up to the top of the CIA, we’re now looking at what’s easily the best spy thriller since “No Way Out.” At this point there’s no way that the growing cast of characters doesn’t contain someone who’ll end up speaking Russian in the final scene. Time to start a Hot Air pool on who it’ll be? Put me down for five on the shirtless FBI agent. He’s my favorite.

Before the conspiracy theories start, Broadwell has reportedly been in touch with her neighbors and is simply lying low while the spotlight’s on her. No reason to think her disappearance is shady in any way or that this is more than a coincidence. But still — dude?

The woman revealed to have been carrying on an affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus lost her driver’s license in a Washington, D.C., park recently, sources tell U.S. News.

A Maryland National Capital Park Police spokesman confirmed that a jogger found a North Carolina license in Rock Creek Park belonging to Paula Broadwell. Park Police planned to hold it for 90 days, per policy, and then send it back to the North Carolina Department of Transportation…

Broadwell’s attorney, Robert F. Muse, confirmed that Broadwell, a North Carolina resident, lost her driver’s license in the park.

Rock Creek Park is also where Chandra Levy’s remains were discovered. Do you know what that means? Because I don’t, so tell me if so. Either way, I guarantee you that someone’s going to mention it in the scene where Broadwell’s license is found in the TV movie about all this.

This’ll make for an exciting scene too:

The South Tampa woman connected to the Gen. David Petraeus scandal has called police to her home several times in the last few days, and at least once tried to invoke “diplomatic protection.”…

Two 911 calls were made from the Kelleys’ home on Sunday. In the first recording, a man whose name was redacted says there is someone at the door who won’t leave his property. The second caller, who identifies herself as Jill, says there’s someone lurking in their yard…

“You know, I don’t know if by any chance, because I’m an honorary consul general, so I have inviolability, so they should not be able to cross my property. I don’t know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well,” she told the 911 dispatcher, who agreed to pass the information along to police.

Kelley’s role at Central Command has been described as “unpaid social liaison,” which isn’t an official position and which several officers who spoke to Business Insider say they’ve never heard of before. It seems to have consisted largely of throwing lavish parties for high-ranking military officers. That may or may not be how she met Gen. Allen. But the latest from defense sources about the new allegations is that … in fact, there was no affair between the two. It’s a big misunderstanding:

“There was no affair,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The emails in question could be misconstrued, the official said, predicting that the investigation will prove Allen’s innocence…

The official said that the Allens and Kelleys were “family friends,” and the emails were written in that manner. Many of the emails were not personal communications between the general and Jill Kelley, the official added, but included Allen’s wife. And many were between Allen’s wife and Jill Kelley, with General Allen just copied, the official said.

Supposedly, the claims this morning of 20-30,000 e-mails between her and Allen are all wrong; that number represents a wider batch of total e-mail traffic, with e-mails between Allen and Kelley (and Allen’s wife) scattered throughout. If it does turn out that her relationship with Allen was platonic, then the woman who’s been cast as the lead in the media’s “Real Housewives of CENTCOM” show will stand accused of having done nothing wrong at all, even as they dig into her finances and her family’s personal troubles. (The latest tidbit: Her sister reportedly once dated Charlie Crist.) If she really is a completely innocent bystander, then between those catty e-mails, the shirtless FBI agent, and the accusations about Allen, she must feel like she’s trapped in a waking nightmare right now.

Oh — speaking of shirtless FBI agent, read this quickie Greenroom post from this morning if you haven’t yet. There were two narratives about him circulating in the media yesterday. One, the WSJ’s, implied that he was obsessed with unraveling this case because he was obsessed with Kelley, to the point where he’d compromised the investigation by sending her shirtless photos of himself. The NYT’s version, though, is that he’d known Kelley before any of this happened and had sent her the photos sometime in the past. Then Kelley sought him out for help when she got the e-mails from Broadwell and he had become obsessed with the case because of his political “worldview.” So which is it? Weird crush or ideological fervor? NBC claims to know the answer:

The agent’s supervisors felt he was infatuated with Kelley, whom he knew before the investigation, and had expressed his affection for her inappropriately.

That included sending shirtless pictures of himself to Kelley before the email probe began, officials told NBC News.

Infatuation theory 2, “worldview” theory 1 — although they’re not mutually exclusive, of course. Then again, if Kelley was already weirded out by this guy sending her photos, why ask him for help with Broadwell’s e-mails? Was she so terribly alarmed by “catty” stuff like this that she’d ask Agent Barechest to get on the case?

If you can believe it, David Petraeus apparently thought none of this might ever come out.

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Petraeus did what he could from his new post, including working to get Afghan and Pakistani authorities to cooperate against the Taliban, but Obama had other plans for a man whose skill and prestige he needed but whom he also saw as a possible political rival.

When Obama clashed with the general then in charge of Afghanistan in 2010, he persuaded Petraeus to take over. Once again, Petraeus turned the situation around — until Obama suddenly announced that Petraeus was leaving Afghanistan to head the CIA.

The move was inexplicable — like removing Dwight Eisenhower shortly after D-Day to head the OSS instead — except as a ploy to keep Petraeus from getting credit for a victory in Afghanistan as well as Iraq.Now, a year later, we’re getting neither: Iraq is once again degenerating into an al Qaeda haven, and Obama will, in effect, abandon the Afghans to the Taliban by 2014.

Meanwhile, David Petraeus was sidelined to a job he was neither trained nor suited for, as his indiscretions with his biographer-turned-mistress have shown.

Now he’s almost certainly going to be made the scapegoat for the intelligence failures in Benghazi, as well — while we’re left with two lost wars, a major scandal and a broken hero whose talents were squandered and achievements tarnished.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 12:24 AM

That’s my reading 100%. Petraeus started selling his soul when he took the CIA job. After that, it was all downhill for him.

Instead of letting Obama suck him into the CIA job, he should have gone to the private sector, which would have put all this BS behind him.

petefrt on November 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM

No one with HONOR would work for Hussein. NO ONE.

Extrapolate from there.

riddick on November 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Yep, an unfortunate addition to the long list of those with ruined careers due to associations with little Bammie.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Petraeus’ only chance of even 1% redemption is to go to Congress/Senate and tell all, under oath.

Let all the chips fall where they may.

Otherwise he can go to Hell for covering up for Obama alone.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM
evening….try this one on…the CIA was running a black site
in libya…the ‘rioters’ broke in to free their comrads..
Gen Pet knew the dirty details…but had the WH holding
this affair crap over his head…4 brave americans paid the price..
i agree with you…the general must come forward
tell the american people the truth…restoring for himself
a tad of honor..

going2mars on November 14, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Who’s for banging these chicks with no wife ‘find-out?’ Raise your hand perverts! LOL. I’m just being silly. What a bunch of crap.

Corporal Tunnel on November 14, 2012 at 12:52 AM

the bimbette in this case let it slip in Denver..
and reporting from Foxs griffin and herridge conferm it…
so they had to out the general…

going2mars on November 14, 2012 at 12:53 AM

The M-1 Abrams has been replaced by a Clown Car.

profitsbeard on November 14, 2012 at 3:47 AM

petefrt on November 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Why, thank you. I don’t comment often, but when I do, it is brilliant. :)

DrMagnolias on November 14, 2012 at 4:07 AM

Damn. I can’t even pronounce inviolability.

BigAlSouth on November 14, 2012 at 5:45 AM

So Ashley Dupre was a “paid social liaison”…OK, I get it now!

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 14, 2012 at 6:07 AM

It’s like a segment of Lost. The story goes here and there. Nothing makes sense.
Just like in Lost, the writers of this story don’t know where they are going either. But that doesn’t matter… as long as the viewers just keep watching. Secret messages. SeX. Underground bunkers. A drivers license lying in the park sorta reminds me of the polar bear running through the jungle.

JellyToast on November 14, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Jeesh, Broadwell must have one heckuva personality.

justltl on November 14, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Maybe it’s just me, but I get the impression that with a government job comes a pretty good lifestyle.

roy_batty on November 14, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Dare we call Paula and Jill sluts? Since the definition has been tarnished in the past, we could call them camp followers instead. Jill may be the one with a more secret purpose. Her family is from Lebanon, coming here in the 70s. Why do we have all these top level people with aides and contacts (see Shrillary) from ME countries? Don’t these generals have any smarts at all? More questions that will never be answered.

Kissmygrits on November 14, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Kelley’s role at Central Command has been described as “unpaid social liaison,”

Which means she is nothing but a high-dollar madam.

Dante on November 14, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Kelley’s role at Central Command has been described as “unpaid social liaison,”
Which means she is nothing but a high-dollar madam.

Dante on November 14, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Which is exactly the way I describe the MSM. Uhm, while we wait for “news” as to where they find her underwear, anybody heard about what happpened to our embassy in Libya a couple of months ago?
Me neither.

onomo on November 14, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Which means she is nothing but a high-dollar madam.

Dante on November 14, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Et tu Brutus? I thought they were doing their part to advance the cause of free contraception…. /sarc

Bradky on November 14, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Meanwhile, David Petraeus was sidelined to a job he was neither trained nor suited for,

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Can you think of anyone better suited to run an increasingly militarized spy force around the globe without visibility / accountability?

I can’t.

roy_batty on November 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Good grief,

Sorry guys, but genuine conservative American naivety is oozing from this thread.

Petraeus is just another corrupt “politic” general (or he transformed into one), while he engineered the surge in Irak (a no brainer) he also was involved (or at least sanctioned) in the ROE still in place – a joke of modern warfare, rising casualties on your own army ranks in order to save some ragtags alleged “civilians” for media sake.

He will not talk truth about Benghazi ever – but hey, who cares about Benghazi when media have yet another sordid story to follow. Just another nice, not-manufactured, good crisis. Shame to be wasted, no?

Rookie on November 14, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Can one hope that at the end of this tale of sordid sex, there will lie enough evidence to finally impeach Obama?

Sparky5253 on November 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Umm.. Charlie Crist doesn’t like women. Most likely sis auditioned for Charlie Crist’s beard when Crist was still under the delusion he would be President.

Illinidiva on November 13, 2012 at 6:37 PM

He should have just attended Obama’s church. Wright could have hooked him up!

cptacek on November 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM

This scandal has got the media into a feeding frenzy and the “Clown in Chief” is coming up aces again. Obama has botched everything he has come into contact with, and crap like this saves his bacon.Who gives a damn where this woman lost her driving license or where it is found. Keeping the spotlight on this is really non productive and time consuming. Lets face it, we will never learn the truth of what happen in Benghazi or the deaths of those four Americans, because of garbage like this.

savage24 on November 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Rock Creek Park is also where Chandra Levy’s remains were discovered. Do you know what that means? Because I don’t, so tell me if so. Either way, I guarantee you that someone’s going to mention it in the scene where Broadwell’s license is found in the TV movie about all this.

LOL, I only read the first sentence and the first thought that popped into my mind was Lifetime Movie Network will be all over this…and then I read the third sentence and saw you beat me to it. :~)

Carolina21 on November 15, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Ok here is My take on Petraeus -CIA-Triage. I have No sympathy. He knew the rules, he knew he was breaking them. How many times in his career did he take action against a subordinate for the same action? This goes for General Allen and Ltc Broadwell.
It’s a slander against all the men and woman that serve this country, some giving their lives and played by the rules. Yet these people we want to give a pass solely because they are petty demagogs.
I’ve said it before but keep it in mind. Full Cornel is the highest rank in the Army. General Ranks are Congressional Appointment. Congress gives and Congress can take it away. At any time. Broadwell is an actively participating Ltc in the Army reserves and as such is subject for violations of the UCMJ even if it is outside her position in the Army Reserves.

Again I ask how many careers of people did they end that did the same thing.

jpcpt03 on November 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

On one hand I find how this all got started to be near incomprehensible viewed from a thoughtful, what would go wrong perspective, but on the other hand, someone apparently didn’t think about what could go wrong and precipitated consequences far beyond what were intended.

As far as General Petraeus goes, I am reminded (IIRC) about Victor Davis Hanson’s lecture about Savior Generals and how they tended to end up after they saved the day. Not that they always ended up dishonored or something but how they fared in later life was often or usually not like fairy tale endings.

Russ808 on November 16, 2012 at 6:09 PM