Petraeus resigns over 'extramarital affair'
Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:09 AM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:29 PM
and now we find out that Broadwell had classified documents in her home ... wow ... just wow. But really ... this is just a sex scandal. Nothing to see here. Move along. These are not the droids you're looking for.
he mistress of General Petraeus - one Paula Broadwell, was no ordinary fling, and is said to be pivotal in his resignation.
As a result, the CIA head won't be testifying in the upcoming Congressional hearings on Obama's cock-up in Benghazi. The FBI raided Broadwell's residence immediately following the disclosure.
Paula Broadwell, maiden name 'Krantz', is a top-line US intelligence operative, and has links to arms dealer Jan Henrik Jebsen, who set up her position at Tufts University where she ran the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at Tufts Fletcher School. Jebsen also has ties to arch-neocons Scooter Libby, Douglas Feith, andMichael Ledeen through his board position with the pro-Israeli Hudson Institute. The Hudson is directly tied to Likud in Israel, and works to cultivate the idea of radical Islam as the chief threat to the west. Paula Broadwell is in the middle of this matrix, and she herself has also worked extensively in Israel and Jordan, as one could image.
Broadwell's father Paul Krantz seems to know something, telling the New York Daily News, 'it's about more than the affair'.
Paula Broadwell may well have been a kind of elite "honey trap". It's a complex web, and the American media would do itself a favour by looking into it properly.
Enter the spoiler...
One can't ignore the obvious overtones of possible foreign operatives (hmm...) working within the Washington circle, and we should also look into Mrs Jill Kelley, her maiden name is 'Khawam' and is apparently the daughter of a Lebanese immigrant. It's Jill Kelley who kicked off withmistress Paula Broadwell sent her harassing emails telling her to 'back off' Petraeus.
Kelley complaint made to FBI who then handed it House Leader Eric Cantor®, and an investigation was launched. Cantor had promised Netanyahu that the GOP House would act as a 'check' on the White House's apparent de-prioritising of Israel. What amazing is how they managed to sit on this until after the election - it would have crashed Obama's run, so somehow it didn't.
Why is Mrs Kelley is an 'unpaid social liaison' to U.S. CENTCOM working out of the military headquarters based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, a base which overseas oversees operations in the Middle East, including Iraq and Afghanistan? 'Unpaid' is often a status used for spies working as informants. If that's the case, then Jill Kelley's cover is blown. The White House will want to bury this one as deep as possible.
Then there's the problem of Broadwell out on the speaking circuit claiming the US CIA safe house in Benghazi run by Christopher Stevens was being used as a 'secret prison'. There are also allegations that Stevens was organising the gun-running of ex-Gaddafi stockpiles into Syria for the American and British-backed FSA terrorists.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:33 PM
Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify at a closed-door session of Congress to answer questions about September's terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, but he will likely also be asked about new revelations that his alleged mistress Paula Broadwell is suspected of storing classified military material, at her home.
Petraeus had been reluctant to testify following his resignation as CIA chief, but pressure had been growing in Congress for him to appear.
"Gen. Petreaus is willing to come before the committee and the details are being worked out," Sen. Diane Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said today. No date for his testimony has been set.
A source familiar with the case also told ABC News that Broadwell admitted to the FBI she took documents from secure government buildings. The government demanded that they all be given back, and when federal agents descended on her North Carolina home on Monday night it was a pre-arranged meeting.
Prosecutors are now determining whether to charge Broadwell with a crime, and this morning the FBI and military are pouring over the material. The 40-year-old author, who wrote the biography on Gen. Petraeus "All In," is cooperating and the case, which is complicated by the fact that as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Military Reserve she had security clearance to review the documents.
The FBI found classified material on a computer voluntarily handed over by Broadwell earlier in the investigation. Prosecutors will now have to determine how important the classified material is before making a final decision. Authorities could decide to seek disciplinary action against her rather than pursue charges.
Senior FBI officials are expected to brief the House and Senate Intelligence Committees today on their handling of the Petraeus investigation. The officials are expected to lay out how the case was developed and argue that there were no politics involved.
The case is so critical that FBI Director Robert Mueller may attend to defend the bureau, ABC News has learned. Members of Congress have been angry that they were not informed about the case before the story was reported by the media, but FBI officials maintain that their guidelines forbid them from discussing ongoing criminal cases.
This summer, Florida socialite and "honorary ambassador" to the military Jill Kelley received anonymous emails accusing her of flaunting a friendly relationship with military brass in Tampa. Kelley then called the FBI, which traced those emails back to Broadwell's computer. Investigators are said to have then found emails in Broadwell's inbox that pointed to an intimate affair with Petraeus, who on Friday admitted to the affair and announced his resignation as CIA director.
See the timeline of the Petraeus/Broadwell affair HERE.
The FBI has now uncovered "potentially inappropriate" emails between Gen. John Allen, the commander of American forces in Afghanistan, and Kelley, according to a senior U.S. defense official who is traveling with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The department is reviewing between 20,000 and 30,000 documents connected to this matter, the official said. The email exchanges between Kelley and Allen took place from 2010 to 2012.
The poo continues to roll down hill. This spy bitch gets found with classified documents on her computer, then there's "inappropriate emails" from another woman and yet another 4 Star General.
Did I mention that the rear admiral of the Stennis Carrier Strike Group has resigned as well?
Ohh, but it's just your everyday vanilla affair, right folks?
Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:36 PM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:38 PM
Holy Syriana Batman.
Yup, how deep will the rabbit hole go?
Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:40 PM
Here’s what the deputy commander of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division allegedly said when subordinates objected to his crass attitude toward women: “I’m a general, I’ll do whatever the [expletive] I want.”
That and other details emerged from the beginning of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair’s court-martial, which kicked off Monday morning at Fort Bragg, for offenses including “forcible sodomy.” The hearing represented a first glimpse into a case that the Pentagon and the Army have gone to surprising lengths to keep quiet — lengths they haven’t gone to in other high-profile cases, including the one against a sergeant charged with much more serious crimes who also begins his court-martial on Monday.
Even if Sinclair gets convicted, the process might inadvertently vindicate his alleged view that generals get special treatment. “This doesn’t just smell bad,” a former Air Force lawyer, Col. Morris Davis, tells Danger Room, “it reeks.”
The first wave of details about Sinclair’s case began to emerge on Monday. Little has been revealed about Sinclair’s case besides the list of charges against him, including “wrongful sexual conduct,” forced sodomy, misusing official funds and more. But at the military version of a grand jury hearing on Monday morning, the Army disclosed that Sinclair’s alleged misconduct involved five women, four of them subordinate Army officers, in locations as varied as Fort Bragg and Afghanistan. The Fayetteville Observer reported from the hearing that Sinclair’s “encounters” with the women occurred “in a parking lot, in his office in Afghanistan with the door open, on an exposed balcony at a hotel and on a plane, where he allegedly groped a woman.” At least one of these encounters, the military contends, was forced.
Before Monday, the military had said little else about Sinclair’s court-martial. It didn’t disclose a so-called charge sheet summarizing the evidence against him. Until Monday, it didn’t reveal even whom his defense counsel was (a lieutenant colonel named Jackie Thompson). And the Pentagon rejected a Freedom of Information Act request from the Associated Press for such basic information, on the grounds that disclosure constituted an “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy” and could jeopardize the integrity of Sinclair’s court-martial. (Thompson argued Monday that the prosecution has done just that on its own, by reading confidential attorney-client emails, and is seeking a new prosecutorial team.)
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales — whose own court martial starts on Monday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state – got no such protective treatment. But he’s accused of being more than a scumbag with overeager hands. Bales allegedly is a war criminal, committing one of the most heinous acts of the 11-year conflict in Afghanistan. Bales supposedly massacred 17 people in Afghanistan, including nine children. While the Pentagon hardly rushed to disclose anything about his grisly case, it did confirm important details, such as where in Afghanistan the assault took place and the presence of a spy blimp that recorded Bales turning himself in to base forces in southern Afghanistan.
Davis, a former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, says the military has been similarly open in several of its top criminal cases. The Army released charge sheets and identified the investigating officers when it charged Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan with the Fort Hood shootings in 2009 and Pfc. Bradley Manning in the WikiLeaks disclosures. That stands in contrast to the treatment being received by Brig. Gen. Sinclair. “Clearly those cases are much more high-visibility and high-stakes than the Sinclair case,” Davis says.
The military also aired accusations in a rape case against a basic-training instructor, Staff. Sgt. Luis Walker, Davis notes: ”The Walker court-martial is a similar type of case to Brigadier General Sinclair — a superior alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct with subordinates … and from a legal and common sense perspective you’d think the two would be subject to similar rules and similar treatment.”
Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:45 PM
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