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Petraeus case: 'Obsessed' agent probed

2012-11-13 07:41

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.

Comments
  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-11-13 07:57

    who gives a hoot from South Africa!!!!!

      sophia.kapp - 2012-11-13 08:33

      People who know that the world is bigger than just our own back yard.

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-11-13 07:58

    This is why James Bond is British, far to much Jerry Springer in the US Agencies.

  • leonard.menge - 2012-11-13 08:15

    I think this whole thing is a cover up by Gen Petraeus to not testify to the inquiry about the Benghai attacks that killed amb Chris Steves, why this is emerging now before he was to testify wednesday.....it raises an eyebrow

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-11-13 08:37

      Yes, he would ruin his marriage and destroy and career completely and utterly so that he wouldn't have to testify in case it destroys his reputation. Of course. The problem with conspiracy theories is that they are conspiracy theories.

      sheamus.drager - 2012-11-13 08:59

      As much as I agree with Gordon, there is something going on here. A 2nd general has also been accused of sending emails to the same woman as the mistress. The FBI agent was removed from the investigation in the summer, because he also sent emails to the same woman. Kind weird don't you think ?

  • juanontheweb - 2012-11-13 08:21

    Ahh yes of coarse, it best to shift attention and make it look as if the "whistle blower" is the bad one here. Typical! Media Psychology works well with most

  • Patmuzie - 2012-11-13 08:55

    Attention shifting

  • goldd.goldfinger - 2012-11-13 09:11

    This whole case is resembling one of those tv series/movies where a cover up of massive proportion results in the persecution of the investigator...bizarre weird and unimportant

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