Petraeus case: 'Obsessed' agent probed

2012-11-13 07:41
David Petraeus (File, AP)

David Petraeus (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - The FBI agent who launched a probe that eventually led to CIA chief David Petraeus's resignation is now himself the subject of an internal investigation of his conduct, a report said on Monday.

The unidentified agent allegedly sent shirtless photos of himself to Jill Kelley, a Florida woman who asked him for help after she received threatening e-mails accusing her of flirting with Petraeus, the Wall Street Journal said.

The agent was pulled off the case over the summer and is now under investigation by the Office of Professional Responsibility, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's internal affairs unit, the newspaper said.

FBI investigators discovered that the harassing e-mails received by Kelley were found to have been sent by Paula Broadwell, a former army officer and biographer of Petraeus who had had an extramarital affair with him.

Broadwell was apparently suspicious of Kelley's friendship with Petraeus, and suspected that the Tampa woman - a Petraeus family friend - has amorous intentions towards the retired four-star general.

Agent 'obsessed'

The explosive sex scandal led to the CIA chief's resignation on Friday, shocking the Washington establishment and raising questions about how and why the FBI kept the investigation under wraps for months.

The Wall Street Journal cited unnamed FBI officials as saying supervisors became concerned that the initial agent approached by Kelley was "obsessed" with the matter, and discovered the e-mails of shirtless photos of himself.

After being barred from working on the case, the agent approached a US lawmaker, Republican David Reichert of Washington state, expressing fears that the matter would be covered up.

That information was relayed back to FBI headquarters via congressional leaders, the report said.

Read more on:    david petraeus  |  us

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

It may be hard to maintain a steady rhythm as you find yourself juggling a zillion things. Slow down a little and let go of more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.