The Petraeus FBI investigation is becoming an even more interesting story, with reports on Monday night that the FBI was back at Paula Broadwell’s home–and they are now doing an internal investigation into the agent that first tipped them off about it all.
The retired general originally just wanted to end his affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell and get on with his life.
But she apparently wouldn’t let him. In fact, Broadwell was so upset about Petraeus ending the relationship—and she was suspicious that he was seeing Jill Kelley, a married Florida neighbor and friend of his and his wife, that she started sending her harassing emails.
They were anonymous and threatening in a veiled sort of way, but the message was clear enough: leave David Petraeus alone according to the Washington Post.
Kelley, who claims to be nothing more than a friend, although new information has surfaced in which she was labeled an unpaid honorary ambassador, didn’t take too kindly to being threatened by someone she allegedly didn’t know.
That’s why she is said to have contacted an FBI friend of hers in Florida, where she lives, as well as notifying Petraeus of the emails.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that the retired general told Broadwell to stop harassing Kelley via email. His request and their breakup essentially happened in tandem, allegedly.
Paula Broadwell didn’t take too kindly to Petraeus’ defense of Kelley obviously, so when the FBI talked with her about the emails, she ended up confessing an affair with the general. She also just handed her computer over to them, without requiring they get a warrant.
What’s interesting about all of this is that the FBI doesn’t normally investigate woman-to-woman harassment in cyberspace.
In fact, some serious cyber crime doesn’t even merit a looksee from them at times, but even if it does, it is reported to the Cyber Unit by the victim directly–or by local law enforcement–not typically by an FBI agent.
And of the eight things the FBI investigates, this type of woman-on-woman crime isn’t really one of them. Yet this case got their immediate attention thanks to a Tampa FBI agent, a friend of Jill Kelley.
Kelly asked the FBI friend to investigate, so he did. And now it is coming out that he might have done so out of a personal interest in the victim, since he has been sending her topless photos of himself.
Paula Broadwell was eventually confronted when it was learned she was the one behind the dummy email accounts that the messages were originating from. And she was so mad that she pointed the adultery finger at Petraeus willingly when the FBI came calling.
She also escaped any legal ramifications for harassment through her cooperation it was initially reported, but late Monday night the Associated Press reported that the FBI was back at her home–removing items. So that could change now.
Petraeus, on the other hand, who admitted he made a marital mistake, which he tried to end shortly thereafter, now finds himself disgraced, unemployed, and revenged by an ex-lover.
The Tampa FBI agent who got involved in the matter felt the case wasn’t going anywhere, so he is alleged to have taken his concern to a Republican House of Representatives member in Washington: Rep. Dave Reichert.
Reichert then took the matter to Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican Rep and House Majority Leader.
And that’s when things heated up in the Petraeus FBI investigation, as Cantor told the press on Saturday that he was contacted by an FBI employee, who led him to believe that “sensitive, classified information may have been compromised.”
Cantor made FBI Director Robert Mueller aware of the situation, since national security could be at risk. And that eventually led to an Election Day disclosure to Petraeus’ boss and the call for the war hero’s resignation.
Now, days later, it appears that the FBI isn’t through with Paula Broadwell, that their Tampa FBI agent may have abused his position to ingratiate himself with a married woman, and Jill Kelley may not be as innocent in the triangle as she would have the public believe.