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  • S2
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    To suggest the mix of generals and social climbers down there in Tampa is toxic might be too polite. Since when is a so-called "social ambassador" necessary?

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  • troung
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    Scandal widens; US general's emails 'flirtatious'
    By NANCY BENAC and PAULINE JELINEK | Associated Press – 25 mins ago
    Scandal widens; US general's emails 'flirtatious' - Yahoo! News

    Jill Kelley leaves her home Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. Kelley is identified as the woman who allegedly received harassing emails from Gen. David Petraeus' paramour, Paula Broadwell. She serves as an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where the military's Central Command and Special Operations Command are located. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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    Associated Press/Chris O'Meara - Jill Kelley leaves her home Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. Kelley is identified as the woman who allegedly received harassing emails from Gen. David Petraeus' paramour, …more

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    Paula Broadwell holds a drink in the kitchen of her brother's house in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. Broadwell is CIA Director David Petraeus' biographer, with whom he had an affair that led to his abrupt resignation last Friday. It was Broadwell's threatening emails to Jill Kelley, a Florida woman who is a Petraeus family friend, that led to the FBI's discovery of communications between Broadwell and Petraeus indicating they were having an affair. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)Enlarge Photo

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    FILE POOL - In this July 9, 2011 file photo, USMC Gen. John Allen, left, and Army Gen. David Petraeus, top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and incoming CIA Director, greet former CIA Director and new U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, right, as he lands in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)Enlarge Photo

    FILE POOL - In this July 9, 2011 …

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The sex scandal that felled CIA Director David Petraeus widened Tuesday to ensnare the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, in a suddenly public drama involving a Tampa socialite, a jealous rival, a twin sister in a messy custody dispute and flirty emails.

    The improbable story — by turns tragic and silly — could have major consequences, unfolding at a critical time in the Afghan war effort and just as President Barack Obama was hoping for a smooth transition in his national security team.

    Obama put a hold on the nomination of Afghan war chief Allen to become the next commander of U.S. European Command as well as the NATO supreme allied commander in Europe after investigators uncovered 20,000-plus pages of documents and emails that involved Allen and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. Some of the material was characterized as "flirtatious."

    Allen, 58, has insisted he'd done nothing wrong and worked to save his imperiled career.

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has recommended to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that he keep Allen in his post as commander in Afghanistan, Dempsey's spokesman, Col. David Lapan, said Tuesday.

    Dempsey called Allen from Australia, where he was to attend meetings with Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and their Australian counterparts. Allen told Dempsey that he had not committed any wrongdoing, Lapan said

    Kelley, 37, who had worked herself into the center of the military social scene in Florida without having any official role, emerged as a central figure in the still-unfolding story that has embroiled two of the nation's most influential and respected military leaders.

    Known as a close friend of retired Gen. Petraeus, Kelley triggered the FBI investigation that led to his downfall as CIA director when she complained about getting anonymous, harassing emails. They turned out to have been written by Petraeus' mistress, Paula Broadwell, who apparently was jealous of the attention the general paid to Kelley. Petraeus acknowledged the affair and resigned Friday.

    In the course of looking into that situation, federal investigators came across what a Pentagon official called "inappropriate communications" between Allen and Kelley, both of them married.

    According to one senior U.S. official, the emails between Allen and Kelley were not sexually explicit or seductive but included pet names such as "sweetheart" or "dear." The official said that while much of the communication — including some from Allen to Kelley — is relatively innocuous, some could be construed as unprofessional and would cause a reasonable person to take notice.

    That official, as well as others who described the investigation, requested anonymity on grounds that they were not authorized to discuss the situation publicly.

    The FBI decided to turn over the Allen information to the military once the bureau recognized it contained no evidence of a federal crime, according to a federal law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter on the record and demanded anonymity. Adultery, however, is a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    A senior defense official said that the FBI first notified the Pentagon of the Allen matter at 4:15 p.m. EST on Sunday. The Pentagon's top lawyer, Jeh Johnson, then called Panetta's chief of staff, Jeremy Bash, about 5 p.m. as Bash and Panetta were flying to Honolulu aboard a military jet to begin a weeklong Asia trip. Bash then informed Panetta.

    Allen was not suspended from his military position, even though his nomination for promotion is on hold. The White House will soon be deciding how many troops will remain in Afghanistan — and for what purposes — after the U.S.-led combat operation ends in 2014. Allen has provided his recommendations to the White House and is key to those discussions.

    Still more subplots in the story emerged Tuesday with news that both Allen and Petraeus wrote letters last September on behalf of Jill Kelley's twin sister, Natalie Khawam, in a messy custody dispute. In 2011, a judge had denied Khawam custody of her 3-year-old son, saying she "appears to lack any appreciation or respect for the importance of honesty and integrity in her interactions with her family, employers and others with whom she comes in contact."

    Allen, in his letter, wrote of Khawam's "maturity, integrity and steadfast commitment to raising her child." Petraeus wrote that he'd been host for the Kelley family and Khawam and her son for Christmas dinner, and he described a loving relationship with her son. That also indicated how close the Petraeus and Kelley families had been.

    Kelley served as a sort of social ambassador for U.S. Central Command in Tampa, hosting parties for Petraeus when he was commander there from 2008-10.

    The friendship with the Petraeus began when they arrived in Tampa, and the Kelleys threw a welcome party at their home, a short distance from Central Command headquarters, introducing the new chief and his wife, Holly, to Tampa's elite, according to staffers who served with Petraeus.

    Such friendships among senior military commanders and prominent local community leaders are common at any base, a relationship where the officers invite local people to exclusive military events and functions, and the invitees respond by providing private funding to support troops with everything from morale-boosting "Welcome Home" parades to assistance for injured combat veterans.

    Petraeus aides say Jill Kelley took it to another level, winning the title of "honorary ambassador" from the countries involved in the Afghan war for her extensive entertaining at her home on behalf of the command, throwing parties that raised her social status in Tampa through the reflected glow of the four-star general in attendance.

    Petraeus even honored Kelley and her husband with an award given to them in a special ceremony at the Pentagon just before he left the military for his post at the CIA, an aide said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the matter publicly.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney, employing understatement, was asked about the revelations involving Allen and said Obama "wouldn't call it welcome" news. Carney described Obama as "surprised" by the earlier news about Petraeus.

    As he prepares for a second term, the president has hoped to run a methodical transition process, with the goal of keeping many Cabinet members and other high-ranking officials in their posts until successors are confirmed, or at least nominated. Petraeus' resignation has disrupted those plans, leaving Obama with an immediate vacancy to fill and raising questions about how much other immediate shake-up the national security team can handle.

    National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said Obama put Allen's nomination on hold at the request of Panetta. The general succeeded Petraeus as the top American commander in Afghanistan in July 2011 and has been working with Panetta on how best to pace the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

    Vietor said in a written statement that Obama "remains focused on fully supporting our extraordinary troops and coalition partners in Afghanistan, who Gen. Allen continues to lead as he has so ably done for over a year."

    The unfolding story caused a commotion on Capitol Hill as well, as lawmakers complained that they should have been told about the investigation earlier.

    Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called the latest revelations "a Greek tragedy."

    Acting CIA Director Michael Morell met with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and ranking Republican Saxby Chambliss of Georgia on Tuesday, to explain the CIA's understanding of events that led Petraeus to resign. That session came ahead of meetings with the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, according to congressional aides.

    The chairman and top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee said their panel would go ahead with Thursday's scheduled confirmation hearing on the nomination of Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, who is to replace Allen as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, if Allen is indeed promoted.

    Even though Petraeus has stepped down, Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said the retired general should testify about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, "if he has relevant information." Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said it was "absolutely imperative" that Petraeus testify, since he was CIA director during the attack and visited Libya afterward.

    Asked by reporters if there was a national security breach with the Petraeus affair, Feinstein said: "We're going to hold an inquiry. We're going to look at things. I have no evidence that there was at this time." She said she expected Petraeus to testify — "if not this week, then another week. That's for sure."

    Feinstein said did not believe that either Allen or Petraeus would release classified information.

    The FBI looked into whether a separate set of emails between Petraeus and Broadwell might involve any security breach and concluded it did not.

    The FBI searched Broadwell's home in Charlotte, N.C., Monday night, with her consent, according to a federal law enforcement official, who requested anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak on the record about the investigation.

    The official said the FBI just wanted to make sure there were no classified documents out of government custody.

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    Associated Press writers Lolita Baldor, Pete Yost, Kimberly Dozier, Adam Goldman, Jack Gillum, Larry Margasak, Julie Pace, Donna Cassata and Robert Burns contributed to this report.

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  • astralis
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    mcfire,

    There's nothing like a good scandal to redirect public focus off of Barry/Barrack.
    so are you trying to do a conspiracy theory or not?

    FBI and Justice Department officials reassessed their investigation over the next several days and determined there wasn't sufficient cause to bring charges. They advised the Director of National Intelligence of their findings at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, Election Day.

    Shawn Turner, a spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said Mr. Clapper spoke with Mr. Petraeus that evening and the following day and urged him to step down.

    "Speaking as a friend, colleague and fellow general officer, Gen. Clapper urged Gen. Petraeus to step down," Mr. Turner said. Mr. Clapper is a retired Air Force lieutenant general, and Mr. Petraeus retired from the Army as a four-star general before assuming the helm at CIA.

    Mr. Clapper informed the White House on Wednesday that Mr. Petraeus was considering resigning, Mr. Turner said.

    Mr. Obama learned of the affair Thursday morning and met that day with Mr. Petraeus, who offered his resignation. Mr. Obama didn't immediately accept it and took a day to consider it.
    seriously, what are you saying? that the FBI and Petraeus were all trying to time this for Obama?

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  • McFire
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    Ahhh...textbook Chicago politics...save info for a "Scandal to be named later."

    The investigations into Patraeus have been going on since summer. From the Wall Street Journal:

    "In the aftermath of the investigation, some lawmakers are aiming criticism at the FBI and the Obama administration, including Attorney General Eric Holder, who knew about the email link to Mr. Petraeus as far back as late summer."


    Petraeus Affair Puts Scrutiny on FBI - WSJ.com


    There's nothing like a good scandal to redirect public focus off of Barry/Barrack.

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  • Doktor
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    What happened with the FBI investigation about her wanting something from his computer?

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  • bigross86
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    It's how the tabloids stand out so they can sell. They need to be sensational, and it's safe to assume that there's also plenty of details wrong in the tabloids.

    That being said, the covers and the puns are still kinda amusing.

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  • TopHatter
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    Originally posted by astralis View Post
    frankly i find these covers very low-taste and offensive in their quest to make something funny out of something really sad.
    It's the NY Daily News and the NY Post...tabloid rags that belong in the supermarket check-out aisle. Hardly a surprise they'd come up with cover stories like this.

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  • astralis
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    frankly i find these covers very low-taste and offensive in their quest to make something funny out of something really sad.

    both individuals involved, despite their personal shortcomings, have contributed to the country.

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  • Chogy
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    How can someone who publicly acknowledges affairs be blackmailed?

    It's sad to see it happen, but being a "player", a womanizer, is slowly becoming socially acceptable. Clinton's negative image during the Lewinsky affair evolved mainly due to his lying, not the act itself.

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  • bigross86
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    The tabloids are having a ball day with this one:

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  • bigross86
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    Lemme tell you, some of these tabloids have awesome covers, NY Post and Daily News, especially

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  • Pedicabby
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  • bigross86
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    Originally posted by bonehead View Post
    Shoot. How did MY name get dragged into this?
    Is your name Vernon Loeb?

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  • Minskaya
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    Paula Broadwell was born in North Dakota and currently lives with her husband (Radiology) and two sons in North Carolina. She is characterized by many as extremely intelligent, extremely physically fit, and tenacious. She graduated West Point in 1995 and was ranked 5th (males and females/no gender adjustments) in physical fitness. She has acquired multiple academic degrees and her published book about General Petraeus - All In - constitutes a portion of her Doctoral thesis. Many have characterized All In as a "hagiography" which is a pejorative term and implies a biography that borders on adoration. In many respects, I tend to agree with this evaluation.

    Broadwell first met Petraeus in the spring of 2006 at the Harvard's Kennedy School of Government where she was a graduate student and he was invited to give a speech. Petraeus gave her his card and offered to be a mentor. In 2008, they met again in Washington and Petraeus asked her if she wanted to join in his legendary jogs along the Potomac. She agreed (Broadwell was a cross-country and track star at West Point). He pushed to the six minute a mile mark and Petraeus discovered that he could not out-run her. He was fascinated.

    Broadwell served in the US Army and was recalled three times to active duty after the September 11 attacks. As a Major in the US Army Reserve, Broadwell specialized in military intelligence at the U.S. Special Operations Command. During her 15 years of military service, she lived, worked, or traveled to more than 60 countries. During numerous visits to Afghanistan, she interviewed and traveled with Petraeus and his coterie. Broadwell intended to return to active military duty after acquiring her PhD.

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  • troung
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    All in... :confu:

    FBI probe of Petraeus triggered by e-mail threats from biographer, officials say - The Washington Post
    When Petraeus’s name first surfaced, FBI investigators were concerned that the CIA director’s personal e-mail account had been hacked and security had been breached. But the sexual nature of the e-mails led them to conclude that Petraeus and Broadwell were engaged in an affair, the officials said.

    The identity of the woman who received the e-mails was not disclosed, and the nature of her relationship with Petraeus is unknown. The law enforcement officials said the e-mails indicated that Broadwell perceived the other woman as a threat to her relationship with Petraeus.

    Attempts to reach Broadwell and her relatives have been unsuccessful, and she has not made a public statement since she was linked with Petraeus on Friday.
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    The timing of the resignation has caused a controversy, with members of Congress and others questioning why the disclosure was not made until after Tuesday’s election. Some have also complained that the FBI did not notify the White House and senior members of Congress earlier that the CIA director was under investigation.

    The law enforcement officials did not provide an exact timeline for the investigation, but they said that the inquiry started at least several weeks ago. They said investigators thought they were dealing with a routine harassment case until they discovered the e-mails were traced to a private e-mail account belonging to Petraeus.

    The initial concern was that someone had broken into the CIA director’s e-mail account, leading to concerns about potential security breaches, according to the officials. As the investigation proceeded and more e-mails emerged, along with Broadwell’s role, FBI investigators realized they had uncovered an affair between Petraeus and Broadwell, the officials said.
    ........
    It was not until Tuesday that the Justice Department notified James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, that compromising material about Petraeus had been uncovered as part of an investigation, according to a senior intelligence official. Clapper then spoke with Petraeus and told him to resign.

    “Director Clapper learned of the situation from the FBI on Tuesday evening around 5 p.m.,” the intelligence official said. “In subsequent conversations with Director Petraeus, Director Clapper advised Director Petraeus to resign.”
    Last edited by troung; 10 Nov 12,, 21:38.

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