The CIA scandal keeps getting thicker, more layered as it comes out, going deeper into the past as it unravels in the present. Jill Kelley (not Paula Broadwell who made the first wave of headlines for having an affair with General David Petraeus—don’t worry, we’ll catch you up on the details in a moment) is reported to have received shirtless photos from an FBI agent. Which FBI agent? Oh, just the one who was INVESTIGATING PETRAEUS, making that one of the most bizarre conflict of interest cases in recent memory.
But there’s more, apparently Ms. Kelley was quite popular. General John Allen, a four star general and Obama’s nomination to be NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander (which apparently is a thing that exists outside of video games), was outed for having 20,000 to 30,000 pages of “inappropriate communications” with Kelley. His nomination is now on hold.
Consider those numbers for a moment. War and Peace is 1,440 pages. Moby Dick is 535 pages. Combine those two, then multiply by ten, and you have the lower end of the number of pages of “inappropriate communications” between Allen and Kelley.
Some background for the uninitiated:
You all know the first part: Last Friday, General David Petraeus, who led operations for much of the Iraq War, the (then) current head of the CIA, possibly the most publicly celebrated military official of our time, announced that he was resigning because he had been unfaithful to his wife. Petraeus’ mistress turned out to be Paula Broadwell, his biographer, who apparently took the idea of “embedded journalism a little too far.”
Then things got weird: it came out that Broadwell had been sending threatening emails to another woman, Jill Kelley, who may have also been involved with Petraeus. Those emails were what would eventually out the Petraeus/Broadwell affair, because they led to an FBI investigation over suspicions that Broadwell had access to Petraeus’ emails.
Some excellent investigative work by the blogger milowent shows that Paula Broadwell’s Wikipedia page briefly stated that Petraeus was “one of her many conquests.” That tidbit was taken down quickly. Whoever posted it did so anonymously, but it probably wasn’t House Majority Leader, Republican Eric Cantor, who said recently that he knew about Petraeus and Broadwell’s affair as far back as the summer.