So it would seem. Petraeus has hired an elite, Washington lawyer, Robert Barnett, known for helping Washington pols negotiate big book deals. He previously represented President Obama and Sarah Palin. Now that Petraeus’s mistress’s book is in print, I guess he wants to get his version of his life into print and make a buck or two now that he’s unemployed.
UPDATE: According to Senator Saxby Chambliss, Susan Rice knew she was lying to the American people about who was responsible for the Benghazi attacks. “Chambliss said Rice “went beyond” the talking points. “She even mentioned that under the leadership of Barack Obama we had decimated al Qaeda. Well, she knew at that time that al Qaeda was very likely responsible in part or in whole for the death of Ambassador Stevens,” he said.” So who told her to lie? Who changed the CIA memo sent by Petraeus’ office? Story here. Charles Krauthammer was right. Petraeus went along with the administration’s story in an effort to save his job and reputation. After the election, and after the administration had disposed of him, he’s now telling the truth about Benghazi.
In private hearings today before House and Senate Intelligence Committees, General David Petraeus testified that the CIA knew almost immediately that the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi were the results of a terrorism. The CIA memo was later stripped of any reference to “Al Quada involvement”. It has not been determined who changed the CIA talking points and who was responsible for sending UN Ambassador Susan Rice to the Sunday news programs to tell a different story than the one Petraeus claims to have presented previously to Congress, that the attack on 9/11 was a pre-planned result of Al Quada terrorism and not a spontaneous uprising because of a film trailer.
Holly Petraeus is a very interesting woman who, along with her children Anne and Steven, have sacrificed throughout their lives to support the General’s military career. A very interesting article is here, reporting 10 things we should know about Holly Peteraeus. I love this picture of young Holly and David when they were dating at West Point.
Three days after the attack on our embassy in Benghazi on 9/11, that resulted in the death of four Americans, General David Petraeus told the House Intelligence Committee that it had been a spontaneous uprising that began over a protest of film trailer for “The Innocences of Muslims”. Details here. We now know that was not true. We also know that the state department watched the attack in real time and they knew that it had nothing to do with a film. The time line for the attack is here. For two weeks the President continued to say that the attack was about the film, and not an Al Quada terrorist attack. This fit his election narrative that his administration had Al Quada on the run. He repeated it frequently. We didn’t need more forces anywhere, the administration had everything under control. From the timeline, we know that isn’t true. The President also knew it wasn’t true. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew it wasn’t true. Yesterday at his press conference the President said that Susan Rice went on 5 Sunday News programs after the 9/11 attack and repeated the story about the film causing a spontaneous uprising because that’s what she was told to say by the White House and the Intelligence community. The followup question should have been, “who told her to say that”? Who thought up this silly idea and told Susan Rice to promote it?
Another question remains, why did General Petraeus go along with this lie and and why did he lie to Congress? He had to know the truth, the FBI knew the truth, the state department knew the truth, the department of Defense knew the truth and had told the truth in their testimony the previous day. It’s impossible to believe that the CIA didn’t know. Charles Krauthammer has proposed that the reason why Petraeus lied, because he still hoped to save his job after the FBI had discovered his affair and informed the White House. Krauthammer said the following in an interview earlier this week:
“I think the really shocking news today was that General Petraeus thought and hoped he could keep his job. He thought that it might and it would be kept secret, and that he could stay in his position. I think what that tells us is really important. It meant that he understood that the FBI obviously knew what was going on. He was hoping that those administration officials would not disclose what had happened, and therefore hoping that he would keep his job. And that meant that he understood that his job, his reputation, his legacy, his whole celebrated life was in the hands of the administration, and he expected they would protect him by keeping it quiet.
And that brings us to the ultimate issue, and that is his testimony on September 13. That’s the thing that connects the two scandals, and that’s the only thing that makes the sex scandal relevant. Otherwise it would be an exercise in sensationalism and voyeurism and nothing else. The reason it’s important is here’s a man who knows the administration holds his fate in its hands, and he gives testimony completely at variance with what the Secretary of Defense had said the day before, at variance with what he’d heard from his station chief in Tripoli, and with everything that we had heard. Was he influenced by the fact that he knew his fate was held by people within the administration at that time?
Of course it was being held over Petraeus’s head, and the sword was lowered on Election Day. You don’t have to be a cynic to see that as the ultimate in cynicism. As long as they needed him to give the administration line to quote Bill, everybody was silent. And as soon as the election’s over, as soon as he can be dispensed with, the sword drops and he’s destroyed. I mean, can you imagine what it’s like to be on that pressure and to think it didn’t distort or at least in some way unconsciously influence his testimony? That’s hard to believe.” The video is here.
Did Petraeus lie to save his own skin? Will he do it again on Friday when he testifies in a closed session on Capitol Hill? Will he remain loyal to the President when he testifies now that he has nothing to lose? Why would he remain loyal when the White House has not been loyal to him? Will he refute his own prior testimony? Seems unlikely but it also seems unlikely that he will continue to lie. Of course everything about this scandal has been one unlikely thing after another. So who knows what will happen during the Petraeus testimony on Friday?
The Shirtless FBI agent who first involved Congress in the David Petraeus scandal has been identified as Frederick Humphries, age 47. According to the FBI he was removed from the case when he became obsessed with it. He has not lost his job, but has been “reassigned”. Here is his picture, with his shirt on:
Will Paula Broadwell soon be looking like this, minus the wine glass?
According to this source, she might. It seems her home was the source of a treasure trove of classified documents that the FBI found when they raided her house earlier this week. She has admitted to the FBI that she took documents from secure military buildings. What the heck was she thinking? Did she think she was above the law? Or did she think that General Petraeus would protect her? For such a brilliant woman, she has behaved very stupidly.
It seems I omitted two additional cast members in my previous post about The Real Housewives of West Point.
First is Natalie Khawam (pictured below). She is Jill Kelley’s sister and has been embattled in a nasty divorce and custody fight with her husband over their 4 year old son. Her estranged husband, Grayson Wolfe (not a made up name), lives in Washington DC with their son. Both General Allen and General Petraeus have written to letters to the court on her behalf praising her as an exemplary mother, urging the court to return custody to her. Earlier in the case a Superior Court judge criticized Khawam “for a lack of honesty and “misrepresentations about virtually everything”.
Another additional cast member is the Shirtless FBI agent who Jill Kelley’s friend and who she originally spoke with about the threatening emails she received from General Petraeus’ girlfriend, Paula Broadwell. The Shirtless FBI Agent sent Jill pictures of himself without a shirt and was later removed from the case because his superiors believed he had become ‘obsessed’ with it. Or was he obsessed with Jill Kelley? Perhaps both. It was Shirtless FBI Agent who passed along information about the case to Washington state Congressman Dave Reichert. Congressman Reichert then took the information to the majority leader, Congresman Eric Cantor on October 27th, well before the election and two weeks before the affair was made public. It is not clear why Congressman Cantor did not share the possible security breach with others in Congress, the President, or the FBI.
UPDATE: The Shirtless FBI agent has been identified as 47 year old Frederick Humphries, picture below:
Today we learned that Leon Panetta has asked the Pentagon’s Inspector General to look into the 20,000 to 30,000 pages of emails sent by Marine General John Allen to the woman with the severely tilted head, General Petraues ‘friend’, Jill Kelley. The FBI had contacted the Pentagon about the investigation on Sunday. More details here. General Allen succeeded General Petraeus as the top Allied Commander in Afganistan. He was also Petraeus’ top aide when both were stationed in Tampa, where Jill Kelley lives with her oncologist husband and who now appears to have many close male friends who send her thousands of emails.
Since this story grows more complicated by the minute, Investors.com has provided us with a handy cast of characters for the latest episodes:
>>>David Petraeus, the 60-year-old heretofore hero general of the Iraq and Afghan wars, who was named last year to direct the Central Intelligence Agency. (He graduated in the top 5% of his 1974 class at West Point. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Petraeus )
Holly Petraeus, his wife of four decades whose longtime mission was helping military families separated by deployments. ( Mrs. Petraeus is said to be ”beyond furious“. Ya think? Her father, William Knowlton, was the head honcho of West Point when she met David Petraeus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_A._Knowlton )
Paula Broadwell, an ambitious woman with a husband and two children who’d never written a book but convinced Petraeus she could do the job, if she could hang around with him in a war zone for much of a year researching her book titled, “All In.” ( I won’t even comment on the title. Broadwell graduated from West Point in 1995. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paula_Broadwell)
Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old wealthy, married socialite in Tampa who made herself useful as an unpaid social coordinator for the military brass there of Central Command, which Petraeus headed before Obama demoted him to return to Afghanistan as NATO commander. (No known ties to West Point other than perhaps West Point groupie.)
Marine Gen. John Allen, who was also assigned to Central Command and succeeded Petraeus 16 months ago as commander in Afghanistan. He has since been named top commander of NATO in Europe, but that ticket will likely now be canceled. (Allen is a 1976 of the Naval Academy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_John_Allen )
The mess began to unravel in May when Kelley naively told the FBI she had received email threats from someone. The FBI traced these communications back to the laptop of Broadwell, who apparently thought the married Kelley was moving in on the married Petraeus to compete with the married Broadwell. <<<
Got it? I will try to keep readers informed when new cast members are added to the ever growing scandal.
The saga continues……….
According to this story, Majority leader Congressman Eric Cantor knew of the Petraeus affair back in October. News sources say that Cantor was contacted by a whistleblower at the FBI informing the Congressman that there was an investigation into the Petraeus affair. Congressman Cantor contacted Robert Mueller, Director of the FBI to inform him of the investigation. My question, wouldn’t the FBI already have known if the FBI was conducting the investigation?
So much of this story doesn’t yet make sense.
UPDATE: I just learned that Mueller had kicked it upstairs to Attorney General Eric Holder in August. Mueller informed Holder that there may be a security problem with the Petraeus affair. Holder chose to keep it a secret until election day. Why am I NOT surprised?!
More later tonight.
On October 26th, at a lecture in Denver, Petraeus mistress Paula Broadwell said the following, ““I don’t know if a lot of you have heard this, but the CIA annex had actually had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner. And they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back”. Why did Broadwell say that? Had Petraeus told her it was the reason for the attack? More here. If it’s true, it could be the real reason for his resignation, and his failure to testify this week. Broadwell’s speech was on YouTube earlier today but it has since been removed. This story produces more and more questions. That’s usually what happens with a cover up.
The story continues!
Today we learned that the FBI was investigating General Petraeus because his mistress, Paula Broadwell, sent threatening emails to a woman who worked with General Petraeus, Jill Kelley. In an interview with Fox News on Sunday Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairman Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, called the General’s relationship with Kelley as ‘close’. Mrs. Kelley is described here as “the State Department’s liaison to the military’s Joint Special Operations Command”. Other sources say that is an unpaid, position that requires a security clearance.
Mrs. Kelley is married to Dr. Scott Kelly an esophageal oncologist in Tampa, Florida, where the General also resides. It is unclear if their relationship was more than one of friends. However, Paula Broadwell thought the relationship was more, which lead her to send threatening emails to Mrs. Kelley telling her to ‘stay away’ from the General. Mrs. Kelley felt so threatened by Mrs. Broadwell that she contacted the FBI. While investigating the threatening emails, the FBI uncovered General Petraeus’ affair with Mrs. Broadwell.
Earlier today Senator Feinstein said that the FBI is supposed to notify her, and other members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, when they discover a possible breach of security like this one. She was not notified and first learned of it when news sources covered the story on Friday. The news hit her ‘like a lightening bolt’. She was not happy that she had not previously been notified by the FBI. That will also be investigated by her committee. Senators and Congressmen hate to blindsided by a story! Feinstein is no exception.
UPDATE: The girlfriend of General Petraeus is Paula Broadwell, a journalist who wrote a book about Petraeus.
According to this article, the FBI has been investigating General Petraeus and his girlfriend for months. How nice of him to help Obama by waiting until after the election to resign. Just in time to avoid testifying! Just a coincidence, right?
So who was/is the girlfriend? According to the article, she’s a journalist who was writing about him. It shouldn’t be there hard to figure how who she is. Stay tuned, there’s more to this story!