The sex scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus just keeps getting more convoluted. The FBI is now saying it has thousands of pages of emails exchanged between the woman whose harassment complaint led to the uncovering of the Petraeus affair and another general, the commander of our forces in Afghanistan.
The story so far: Jill Kelley, who is being described as a Tampa, Florida, socialite, complained to the FBI many months ago about email harassment by Paula Broadwell, the biographer of Gen. Petraeus.
During the ensuing investigation, FBI agents learned the CIA director was having an affair with Broadwell, who had sent the emails to Kelley because she thought Kelley was having an affair with Petraeus, who has a wife named Holly.
While looking into Kelley’s complaint, the FBI also discovered hundreds of emails Kelley exchanged with Gen. John R. Allen, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Some of the communications are alleged to be “potentially inappropriate,” according to military sources.
(As if this circus needed any side shows, an FBI agent apparently became obsessed with Kelley during the investigation and sent her shirtless photos of himself. Also, an ABC affiliate station has gotten in trouble for “accidentally” airing an altered, sexually suggestive cover of Broadwell’s book about Petraeus.)
Allen’s staff are denying that he had an affair with Kelley, saying the communications were related to Kelley’s duties as social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base.
Meanwhile, according to several news reports, authorities have raided Broadwell’s home. They also obtained her computer and allegedly found several classified documents on it.
In October, Broadwell gave a speech in which she said that the Benghazi attack was in retaliation for the CIA holding prisoners at its facility near what the media have dubbed the “consulate,” but which several sources have said was nothing of the sort. U.S. officials have routinely referred to it simply as the “U.S. mission” in Benghazi.
Some sources have said the purpose of the U.S. mission was to funnel heavy weapons and personnel to the rebels in Syria.
According to ABC, Petraeus made a trip to Benghazi in late October to investigate for himself what happened. It was part of a six-nation tour and was done in preparation for his expected testimony to Congress.
But now, it’s unlikely that he will testify to Congress due to his resignation and the exploding sex scandal.
Congress also wanted to hear testimony from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is conveniently visiting friends in Australia.
Stay tuned. There’s bound to be more to come now that the election is over. …