Monday, November 12, 2012

Bedroom Farce: The Petraus Matter Gets More Ridiculous

I know the Petraus scandal is Serious Business, but I dare you to read the following without laughing:
The federal agent who launched the investigation that eventually led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus was taken off the case during the summer over concerns that he "might have grown obsessed with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reports. 
The FBI agent began the inquiry on behalf of a friend, Jill Kelley, who reportedly received about a half a dozen hostile emails from Petraeus' mistress Paula Broadwell.The agent referred the matter to a cyber crimes unit but was prohibited from any role in the investigation after the FBI found out that he sent shirtless photos of himself to Kelley, people familiar with the probe told The WSJ
Btw, Mr. Shirtless was, apparently, the whistleblower who contacted Congressmen David Reichert and Eric Cantor back in October after he became concerned his superiors were going to sweep the Petraus matter under he rug.

Ms. Kelley is something else, it seems. The general presently in charge of our retreat from Afghanistan also sent inappropriate emails to the Central Command's sexiest unpaid "social liason."
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 with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair. 
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a written statement issued to reporters aboard his aircraft, en route from Honolulu to Perth, Australia, that the FBI referred the matter to the Pentagon on Sunday. 
Panetta said that he ordered a Pentagon investigation of Allen on Monday.
A senior defense official traveling with Panetta said Allen's communications were with Jill Kelley, who has been described as an unpaid social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., which is headquarters to the U.S. Central Command. She is not a U.S. government employee.
Despondent conservatives have been muttering post-Election that "we are Europe." Certainly the Petraus matter has the air of a French bedroom farce.

UPDATE: turns out, the "shirtless" photo was a gag sent out years ago to a number of people on Agent Chest's email list.

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