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CIA Director Petraeus Resigns -- I smell a rat! (Updated)


Both Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. John Allen intervened in the same nasty child custody battle involving Natalie Khawam, the “psychologically unstable” twin sister of Jill Kelley, whose bombshell claims of being threatened by Petraeus' lover led to the top spy’s resignation last week, the Post has learned. Allen, the four-star general top commander in Afghanistan, was revealed last night to have exchanged thousands of pages of of emails with Kelley, who went to the feds after receiving threatening e-mails from Paula Broadwell, the married mistress of Petraeus. <Source>

Is there some other national security concern involved here since the name 'Khawam' appears to be a well-known Iraqi surname?


In a new twist to the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal, the Pentagon said Tuesday that the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for alleged “inappropriate communications” with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman [Jill Kelley] with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair. The official said 20,000 to 30,000 pages of emails and other documents from Allen's communications with Kelley between 2010 and 2012 are under review. He would not say whether they involved sexual matters or whether they are thought to include unauthorized disclosures of classified information. He said he did not know whether Petraeus is mentioned in the emails. <Source>


In a new, strange twist to the ongoing Petraeus scandal, it turns out the FBI agent who started the investigation sent topless photos of himself to Jill Kelley, Petraeus's alleged other other woman. The agent in question was apparently a friend of Kelley's and the person she turned turned to after she received the "threatening" emails from Paula Broadwell, Petraeus's first mistress.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the agent then referred the case to a cyber crimes unit, which began an investigation. That wasn't enough for the agent, who reportedly grew "obsessed" with the case—so much so that he sent shirtless photos of himself to Kelley. The agent was eventually banned from the case by his superiors. But that didn't stop him. He soon notified a member of Congress, Washington representative David Reichert, because he feared the case would be ignored. The information was then relayed to FBI headquarters in Washington, DC. <Source>


Vernon Loeb, a Washington Post reporter who covered the Pentagon, was the ghost-writer on Broadwell's effusive 'All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.'  The Washington Post journalist says he wrote the book from the basement of his home in Maryland based on the notes and emails collected by Broadwell on her reporting trips. Broadwell edited most of the manuscript to add her own take on Petraeus' command in Afghanistan -- including much of the highest praise she communicated throughout the book. <Source


Petraeus and Broadwell apparently used a trick, known to terrorists and teenagers alike, to conceal their email traffic, one of the law enforcement officials said. Rather than transmitting emails to the other's inbox, they composed at least some messages and instead of transmitting them, left them in a draft folder or in an electronic "dropbox," the official said. Then the other person could log onto the same account and read the draft emails there. This avoids creating an email trail that is easier to trace. <Source>


Did Paula Broadwell, the alleged mistress of ex-CIA Director David Petraeus, reveal a secret CIA detention center in Benghazi during a public speech she gave last month?

Broadwell, a former counterterror operative, co-authored a bestselling biography of Petraeus. She discussed the book during a keynote speech on  Oct. 26 at a University of Denver alumni symposium. The speech is available in full on YouTube.

During a question and answer session, Broadwell was asked about the September 11 attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi.

She stated: “Now I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually had taken a couple of Libya militia members prisoner. And they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So that’s still being vetted.”

The existence of a U.S. prison or CIA detention center in Benghazi would be a new development in the debate surrounding the attacks there.  The information does not appear to be publicly known. <Source>


A senior U.S. military official identified the second woman as Jill Kelley,  37, who lives in Tampa, Fla., and serves as the State Department’s liaison to  the military’s Joint Special Operations Command, where work on secret drone missions and other duties are performed, The Associated Press reported.

The military official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is  not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly, said Mrs. Kelley received  harassing emails from Mrs. Broadwell, which led the FBI to examine her email  account and eventually discover her relationship with Mr. Petraeus. A friend of Mrs. Kelley and Mr. Petraeus, who also spoke on the condition of  anonymity, also said the two saw each other often, but the nature of their  friendship was unclear, AP reported. <Source 


"House majority leader Eric Cantor talked to an FBI official in late October about former CIA Director David Petraeus' involvement in an affair, a spokesman for the congressman told CNN Sunday."

"Doug Heye said Cantor had a conversation with the whistleblower about the affair and national security concerns involved in the matter."

"The New York Times reported Saturday that on October 31, Cantor's chief of staff phoned the FBI to inform the agency about the call between the congressman and the FBI official. The Times reported Cantor learned of the whistleblower through Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Washington." <Source

A bi-partisan affair?


A federal law enforcement official said the relationship was discovered by the FBI during the course of an unrelated security investigation. Subsequently, a number of e-mails concerning the relationship were discovered, said the official who is not authorized to comment publicly on the matter.

The bulk of the e-mails were believed to be from Petraeus to Paula Broadwell, a writer and military analyst who wrote a glowing biography of the CIA director, the official said. Aspects of the FBI investigation were continuing, but the official declined to comment on possible targets of the inquiry. <Source>

Were they looking for high-level leaks?


Congressional Republicans were furious with Petraeus for what they described to THE WEEKLY STANDARD as “misleading” testimony he gave to the House Intelligence Committee on September 14. In that session, Petraeus pointed to a protest over an anti-Islam YouTube video as a primary reason for the attacks on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, despite an abundance intelligence pointing to a preplanned terrorist assault on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex there. Other members of Congress were particularly interested in questioning Petraeus about why crucial details about those attacks were left out of “talking points” the CIA prepared for lawmakers and executive branch officials. Among those details: the existence of a communications intercept between two al Qaeda-linked terrorists discussing the attacks. The level of frustration with the CIA and Petraeus had led several top Republican lawmakers to consider calling for his resignation in late October.

Obama administration officials have told reporters that Petraeus’s resignation means he will not testify before congressional oversight committees next week, as planned. This will not sit well with Republicans, who believe Petraeus is in a unique position to shed light on the intelligence on Benghazi before the attack, the decision-making during the attack and the misleading stories told after it. <Source>

Original blog entry ...

From the CIA …

Message from General David H. Petraeus (US Army Retired)

Statement to Employees from General David H. Petraeus (US Army Retired)

November 9, 2012



Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA. After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.

As I depart Langley, I want you to know that it has been the greatest of privileges to have served with you, the officers of our Nation’s Silent Service, a work force that is truly exceptional in every regard. Indeed, you did extraordinary work on a host of critical missions during my time as director, and I am deeply grateful to you for that.

Teddy Roosevelt once observed that life’s greatest gift is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing. I will always treasure my opportunity to have done that with you and I will always regret the circumstances that brought that work with you to an end.

Thank you for your extraordinary service to our country, and best wishes for continued success in the important endeavors that lie ahead for our country and our Agency.

With admiration and appreciation,

David H. Petraeus

<Source: CIA>

There are people in the CIA who have done far worse than have an extramarital affair. Unless that extramarital affair was with a foreign intelligence operative or Petraeus is suspected of passing secrets to the enemy (which I doubt), there are factors in play that “We the People” do not understand; and may never understand.

I smell a rat …

CIA Director Petraeus was slated to testify, under oath, before Congress next week on the circumstances surrounding the 9/11 Benghazi, Libya attack which left Ambassador Chris Sevens and three other Americans dead. His direct knowledge of the events is critical to understanding the Administration’s alleged gun running activities to Muslim terrorists as part of a broader campaign to destabilize Syria and possibly Egypt. Here is a man who may know why the State Department refused to reinforce the security at the Consulate and the CIA compound known as the Annex.

And now he is not going to testify? Because of his resignation over an extra-marital affair? Ridiculous. First, the testimony was to be behind closed doors and there was little or no chance that someone was going to ask him about his marital status or extramarital affair. Any citizen – and he still is a citizen – can be compelled to testify before Congress; behind closed doors if secret matters are going to be discussed and with criminal immunity if he has committed a crime.

But one must ask if this is just another means to effectively stonewall the actions of the Administration that are beginning to look worse than the Watergate affair that brought down Richard Nixon. 

Bottom line …

Nobody resigns over an extramarital affair unless it becomes public knowledge and compromises their ability to function or is asked to resign for the good of the administration, party or country. So something definitely stinks here.

It is possible that subsequent events may have shown Petraeus perjured himself or was less than truthful about his testimony ... and these charges might lead to the criminal prosecution of a formerly well-respected war hero.

I think Congress needs to compel his testimony and any member who blocks such testimony or refuses to issue the subpoena needs to be tried for dereliction of duty and removed from office, by state recall if necessary.

-- steve

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