Update: The “other woman” is a family friend of wife. Petraeus and FBI may have been played. Calling bullshit and throwing a yellow flag.

Either this is a case of some very bright people being incredibly stupid (the Robin Williams rule) or Broadwell is crazy (The Richardson rule) or something else is afoot.

Here’s the WSJ report.  Seems okay except that you have to remember, the “officials in the administration” giving background are…well…in the Obama administration, so they may be telling the truth, but I would never stake my life on it.

A social planner’s complaints about email stalking launched the monthslong criminal inquiry that led to a woman romantically linked to former Gen. David Petraeus and to his abrupt resignation Friday as Central Intelligence Agency chief.

The emails began arriving in Jill Kelley’s inbox in May, U.S. officials familiar with the probe said. Ms. Kelley, who helped organize social events at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the emails, which she viewed as harassing, the U.S. officials said.

That FBI investigation into who sent the emails led over a period of months to Paula Broadwell, Mr. Petraeus’s biographer, with whom he was having an extramarital affair, according to the U.S. officials.

FBI agents were pursuing what they thought was a potential cybercrime, or a breach of classified information.

Instead, the trail led to what officials said were sexually explicit emails between two lovers, from an account Mr. Petraeus used a pseudonym to establish, and to the destruction of Mr. Petraeus’s painstakingly crafted image as a storied Army general.

Mr. Petraeus admitted to an affair in a letter to CIA employees announcing his resignation.

Okay, obvious question here.  When was the last time you were able to call the FBI about harassing emails? Was it because it named the head of the CIA directly and because you actually were a friend of the family that qualifies?  Why not call the general, the head of the CIA , and tell him about it? (Y’know the CIA, the place with all the computers and analysts and such!) Did they? Did he blow them off?  He could have emailed or called Broadwell and said “Knock it off you crazy b….”

But we hear Petraeus was chasing Broadwell, who was not responding (??), with emails?  That’s is odd.  General chases woman who had chased him but broke it off, but sends emails to friend of family and a social planner and helper at McDill, telling her to stay way “from her man”??

Okay, add a black housekeeper with a half white child belonging to the general and we’d be witnessing a Southern antebellum melodrama.

Yet the FBI gets involved and in one of those classic “leaps of logic” famous in the Obama administration, the FBI is suddenly looking at a breach of classified information?  When?  When did an email investigation turn into a classified breach? When they interviewed her and she admitted to the affair? When she turned over her laptop?  Sure, they get there, but there is A LOT of ground covered.

Listen, I was in law enforcement at a local level, and trust me no FBI agent is going to continue forward headed dead at the CIA director without going “Uh, guys, this could get really ugly and I’m not willing to be the one crushed if it goes wrong. Let’s check with our bosses first.”  I’m telling you. One call to DOJ and the case is squashed, Broadwell is quietly admonished and warned, Petraeus is saved and everybody is happy. It is obvious Broadwell knew more than most, listen to this video (h/t Gateway Pundit)

So why didn’t it happen that way? Ethics got the better of the DOJ?  Okay, you can stop laughing and spitting up your coffee, I was just kidding.

There is so much backroom melodrama and politics in this one story books could be written. We’ll never know because Woodward and Bernstein are old and liberal and the target ISN’T on the Right.  Too bad, I would have loved to know.

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2 Responses to Update: The “other woman” is a family friend of wife. Petraeus and FBI may have been played. Calling bullshit and throwing a yellow flag.

  1. roger in florida says:

    I read a great line about this affair this morning, I wish I had come up with it:
    “This is what happens when a General takes orders from his privates”

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