Harassing emails led to FBI probe
The scandal that brought down CIA Director David Petraeus started with harassing emails sent by his biographer and paramour, Paula Broadwell, to another woman.PT1M25S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-296yr 620 349 November 12, 2012
WASHINGTON: The woman whose complaints sparked an FBI investigation that ended the career of General David Petraeus has been named as Jill Kelley, the State Department's liaison to the military's Joint Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida.
Her identity emerged on Sunday as members of Congress demanded a fuller explanation of how and when law enforcement agents learned that the CIA director was having an extramarital affair.
Ms Kelley said she and her family "have been friends with General Petraeus and his family for more than five years".
Ms Kelley complained to the FBI about harassing emails that investigators traced back to Paula Broadwell, a married army reservist who was General Petraeus's biographer, according to military sources.
Tangled network ... General David Petraeus, left, with Jill Kelley, second right, Ms Kelley's husband, Scott, and General Petraeus's wife, Hollly. Photo: AP
Ms Kelley has acknowledged her friendship with the former CIA director and asking for privacy. She said she and her family "have been friends with General Petraeus and his family for more than five years". She said she respected the privacy of General Petraeus and wanted the same for her family.
General Petraeus resigned on Friday after admitting to an affair with Ms Broadwell. The FBI learned of the affair as it was investigating emails sent by Ms Broadwell to Ms Kelley, who serves as an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
US officials say the FBI's investigation of Ms Broadwell's emails led them to discover explicit messages between her and General Petraeus suggesting the two were having an affair. General Petraeus told the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, about the situation on Tuesday, and Mr Clapper urged him to resign. The White House first learned of it on Wednesday, officials said, and the President, Barack Obama, accepted the resignation on Friday. Key members of Congress found out only hours before the public did.
General David Petraeus poses with his biographer Paula Broadwell ... General Petraeus quit over the affair. Photo: AFP
Officials have said Ms Broadwell considered Ms Kelley a rival for the retired general's affections.
General Petraeus took the CIA job last year after retiring as a four-star general, having been ground commander of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, said that when General Petraeus told her on Friday he was quitting over an affair, it was "like a lightning bolt".
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Ms Feinstein said she wanted to know why the FBI didn't notify the intelligence committees sooner.
Paula Broadwell discusses her biography of General Petraeus with the Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Photo: AP
The incident "could have had an effect on national security," Ms Feinstein said. "We should have been told."
She backed away from her statement earlier that Mr Obama should not have accepted General Petraeus's resignation, saying, "When you realise additional complications . . . I think he did the right thing. I think the president really had no choice but to accept that resignation."
Mike Rogers, a Republican who chairs the House intelligence committee, had serious questions about how the matter was handled, and about the former CIA director's conduct, a senior committee aide said. Senior FBI and CIA officials are scheduled to brief members of Congress on Tuesday.
General Petraeus was scheduled to testify on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, this week, presenting the findings of his independent investigation into the situation on the ground, but will now be replaced in the hearing by the acting CIA director, Mike Morrell.
Ms Feinstein said there was "absolutely not" a connection between the resignation and the consulate attack, but not everyone is convinced.
"I have real questions about this. I think the timeline has to be looked at. I'm suggesting there's a lot of unanswered questions," one Republican, Peter King, said on CNN.
Mr King, the House Homeland Security Committee chairman, said the current timeline "just doesn't add up".
Republicans are pushing to have the former CIA director testify on Benghazi as a civilian. Mr King called him "an absolutely necessary witness" and Senator Saxby Chambliss, the vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he "would not rule out" calling General Petraeus.
As information dribbles out about the scandal that upended the career of the most influential national security official of his generation, many questions remain unanswered. It's not clear, for example, whether the FBI obtained a warrant to read General Petraeus's email, or merely reviewed messages from him in Ms Broadwell's account.
It's also unclear why the FBI did not notify anyone in the White House that the CIA director had been caught up in an investigation. ?A spokesman for the Republican congressman Eric Cantor said Mr Cantor had a conversation with an FBI whistleblower about the affair and potential "national security concerns".
But when Mr Cantor raised the matter with the FBI, the spokesman said, he was told the agency was not able to confirm or deny any investigation, and that all necessary steps were being taken to make sure no confidential information was at risk.
Officials have said that there were no indications General Petraeus improperly shared classified information with Ms Broadwell. While some observers have suggested that a CIA director carrying on an affair might be subject to blackmail, former CIA officials say extramarital affairs are common at all levels of the CIA, and typically are viewed as a security problem only if officers are involved with foreigners or people who pose risks.
MCT; Associated Press