#Benghazi, Petraeus: Who Knew and When

Unlike the drip-drip-drip with Benaghazi, the media has turned the spigot on full blast with the Broadwell-Petraeus affair. CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC and FOX all displayed the affair as their top story this morning. Benghazi? Not so much.  It would appear a sex scandal warrants more attention than four dead Americans at the hands of terrorists.

The hearings on Benghazi are to take place three days from now on the 15th. No additional details on possible a possible subpoena for Petraeus is floating out there right now. In his place, Michael J. Morrell is set to testify as acting CIA Director. Morrell has filled this role before when Panetta shifted out of the Director role in President Obama’s first term.  Morrell was promoted to Deputy director after the Christmas underwear bomber incident. Morrell is a long time CIA employee – he started with the agency back in 1980 and was an intelligence adviser to Bush during 9/11.  It’s likely that being what some would call ‘too much of an insider‘ is why Morrell will not be permanent in the role and why the administration is looking for someone else.

Since my last post, we’ve learned more about how the FBI came to discover the affair and who knew about it. I mused yesterday that it was a very low likelihood the White House had no knowledge until this past week of this investigation. A report has surfaced that Rep. Eric Cantor’s office was contacted about the investigation late in October. Apparently Cantor wasn’t the only Representative to be aware of this information, so was Rep. Dave Reichert.  Via The Hill:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) says he was told in late October about allegations that then-CIA Director David Petraeus was having an extramarital affair.

The GOP lawmaker said his office was notified about the charges from an FBI employee, who raised questions about a possible security breach, according to a report from the New York Times published Saturday.

“I was contacted by an F.B.I. employee concerned that sensitive, classified information may have been compromised and made certain [FBI] Director [Robert] Mueller was aware of these serious allegations and the potential risk to our national security,” said Cantor in a statement to the Times.

The report says Cantor spoke to the FBI employee after being told by Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) that someone at the agency had concerns about national security and wanted to speak to a congressional leader about the allegations.

Cantor says his office notified the FBI about the conversation with the agency employee.

Cantor’s disclosures is likely to raise further questions about the FBI’s role investigating Petraeus, who stepped down from atop the CIA on Friday, and when members of the administration and other lawmakers first learned about the affair.

So, Cantor’s office, Reichert’s office knew in October and the DOJ knew over the Summer — but the White House didn’t know about a bombshell of this size until after the election? If you buy that, I will sell you some ocean front property in Kansas I’ve been sitting on.

Let’s back up a bit to how the FBI became involved in the first place.  It would appear that a friend of the Petraeus family named Jill Kelley, a 37 year-old Tampa Housewife, received threatening emails from Broadwell.

Daily Mail UK:

Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell, revealed to be his mistress, sent harassing emails to Mrs Kelley that said ‘I know what you did,’ ‘back off’ and ‘stay away from my guy,’ a source told the New York Post.

Mrs Kelley responded by calling the FBI, which stumbled on Broadwell’s affair when agents examined her email account and found steamy exchanges with Petraeus.

“I know what you did”? One has to wonder what Broadwell meant by that and her other quoted statements. I certainly hope this isn’t going to further degenerate into a string of sexual misadventures.  The NY Post has a little bit more: Woman who received ‘threatening’ e-mails from Gen. David Petraeus’ mistress is revealed

Another interesting tidbit that has surfaced on Broadwell are comments she made related to Benghazi. Broadwell suggested that the attack might have been in part inspired by Libyan militia being held prisoner at the CIA Annex. This is the first time most of us are hearing of this alleged prisoner scenario. Not surprising, since the media was avoiding the story like the plague.  Here are the remarks courtesy of Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit:


Powerline has more detail of Broadwell’s remarks that is worth your time, along with an update that the CIA is denying what Broadwell stated is true. The very notion the CIA was running a secret prison of some kind in Benghazi raises a whole new set of questions. While the CIA is denying Broadwell’s statements, it would seem unlikely she just plucked that idea out of thin air. I am sure some of her comments were intended to protect Petraeus as she has gone to the effort to make sure to humanize him on a regular basis.

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  • Carl

    “It would appear a sex scandal warrants more attention than four dead Americans at the hands of terrorists.”

    It would appear that a real story warrants more attention than the latest right wing Tea Party racist witch hunt.

    Until Donald Trump or some other major right wing asshat makes an ass of themselves trying to prove the point, the witch hunt won’t reach major league status.

    Hmmm, what to do to throw a negative spotlight on the Black House (Opps! I meant White House)? We’ll never get this story up to the point where we can attempt to impeach that black man unless we get a celebrity spokesman.

    Hey! I wonder what Ted Nugent is up to? He gets good solids from the racists….

    • jim_m

      How many threads in a row has Carl lead with an unfounded accusation of racism?

      • Vagabond661

        How many more before he goes the way of Grumpy?

    • Vagabond661

      Stand down Carl.

      • Carl

        You would think that the American conservatives would come out of the elections understanding at least one thing — that banging the drum and “Trump’ing” up an phony issue that brings all of this right wing angst and anger is always going to eventually hit the brick wall of reality.

        Yes, the Tea Party right can decide that Obama’s birth certificate is an issue and folks can go on Fox News and on right wing blogs and decide this is a major concern – and come up with conspiracy theories about why the MSM is being silent and blah blah blah, conspiracy conspiracy conspiracy… but eventually reality surfaces, Obama’s long form birth certificate surfaces in this case, and the whole issue turns out to just be another phony witch hunt.

        Another example? The grand conspiracy cooked up by the Tea Party right here recently that had a lot on the right absolutely convinced that the MSM and polls were lying, LYING!!! and cooking the numbers and phonying up Romney’s chances in the election.

        So the Tea Party right invented their own bubble world – their own reality – where they ‘proved’ that the polls were wrong, that the representation of democrats were wrong, that Nate Silver was the anti-christ, blah blah blah conspiracy, conspiracy, conspiracy…

        …and then reality sets in. The election is held, the votes are counted, and whatdoyaknow…. the polls and the MSM were right all along.

        But during the preceding 3 week period the conservative right created their own bubble world “reality” that was in direct opposition the math, to the facts, to what the MSM was reporting – and for that three week period the right lived in a world where Mitt Romney was headed for a landslide, a world where the major news outlets were lying intentionally about the polls, and where the poll makers were lying, blah blah blah conspiracy conspiracy conspiracy.

        I’m just waiting for the GOP to ‘get real’ – literally. Where the GOP can come out of their bubble world and accept reality for what it is… and live in the same world the rest of live in.

        If you retreat to a fantasy world when reality doesn’t make you happy, the country is not going to move forward — with you. You stand the risk of being left behind.

        If nothing else, the election should have convinced the right that those who share your views are the minority. You are falling from power and risk being left behind to live in a bubble world where Fox News tells you the “news” you want to hear, even when it has no resemblance to reality. The GOP in its current form and makeup will never win another Presidential election. Period. You can create alternate bubble realities where that isn’t the case, but you’re deluding yourselves again.

        And there are those on the right who recognize and verbalize that. And the majority of the Tea Party right is ignoring them, just plowing ahead with one conspiracy theory after another, blah blah blah…

        “Get Real” conservatives. We’d like to work with you to move the nation forward, but first you’ve got to pop the bubble and accept reality and quit fabricating alternate universes.

        • Vagabond661

          Tea Party is the only party winning. Your constant bashing with false claims is a testament to their success.

        • Vagabond661

          As far as the votes being counted, 145% turnout in St. Lucie County and no one in philly districts voted for romney. Don’t talk to me about lying. You are full of it if you think there is no voter fraud.

          • Brucehenry


            I’ll find you something on the 145% thingie. In the meantime, check out the link for some info on the Philly Romney (non) vote.

          • Vagabond661

            nice of you to edit your response with the link i provided above.

          • Brucehenry

            You are mistaken, sir.

          • Vagabond661

            Well let me put it this way. the link wasn’t there. I said to myself odd that he referenced a link and it’s not there. Then hours later I get a notification that you responded to my comment. I click on that link and it takes me to the comment you referenced a link to and lo and behold there is the link.

            So that’s why I said you editted your response. If that is a Discus issue then my apologies.

          • Brucehenry

            The 141% figure was incorrect — it was based on “cards cast” not “votes cast.” Each ballot was two “cards” long — so actual voter turnout was closer to 70%.


            Talk about false claims! Don’t you feel silly now?

          • Carl

            You mean Vagabond was speaking from the bubble and spouting some nonsense that didn’t resemble reality at all?

            Color me shocked…

          • Vagabond661

            A lot of the Tea Party stayed home. So much for the Independents being the voting block that decides an election.

          • Vagabond661

            Sweet. your “news” source is a twitter account? Here’s sommoar:


            Amazingly their turnout is 20% higher than the nation’s average. Looks like it was easier to get to the polls than get a free photo ID.

            Nothing on Philly?

            “Still, was there not one contrarian voter in those 59 divisions, where unofficial vote tallies have President Obama outscoring Romney by a combined 19,605 to 0?”


          • Brucehenry

            Higher turnout in a hotly contested race is evidence of fraud?

            The Twitchy link is not a twitter account, it’s a website and it’s showing twitter activity. See the little comments in between? Now look at the bottom line.

            And you and I are using the same link in the Philly thing. Read the whole article. There are things in there to support your argument, and to support mine.

          • Vagabond661

            So twitters are a news source? That’s just people yakking about anything. They could say unicorns are attacking Uranus.

          • Brucehenry

            The point of the link was to show you the rumors that are floating around out there — rumors you are repeating when you say that “voter turnout is at 145% in St Lucie County.”

            That’s not true, and the explanation is there in the link I provided. It only takes a couple of clicks to confirm it elsewhere, genius.

            My broader point, (and Carl’s) which you unintentionally confirm in this thread, is that many conservatives live in a bubble in which they’ll believe anything that fits what they want to believe.

            Case in point: You claim that voter turnout is 145%. When it’s explained to you clearly how this rumor got started and why it’s wrong, you bitch about the link. Link, or no link, dude, the fact is that “voter turnout” was NOT 145% in St Lucie County. If you don’t like my link, find another one, but the truth is, the RUMOR YOU ARE SPREADING IS FALSE.

            You can willfully CHOOSE to believe false rumors if you wish, but if I notice you spreading one here, I’m gonna correct you.

          • lasveraneras

            Voter heat map of based on turn out of eligible voters. Do these “peaks” indicate overwhelming enthusiasm or vote fraud? Seems pretty clear to me.

          • Commander_Chico

            They indicate population density. Notice that the peaks are located at what they call “cities.”

          • Brucehenry


          • Carl

            Cities are just a fabrication of the LameStreamMedia. These “cities” don’t actually exist, its just the liberals and socialists dreaming about “communes” where people live close to each other – you know, sharing spit and contraceptives and the like.

            I was listening to Glenn Beck and he said the devil invented cities and I believe him!

            signed/Rube in a Bubble

  • Wild_Willie

    Carl is and always be the juvenile in the room.
    This is huge. No doubt. It seems there was a cover up and the ‘film’ had nothing to do with it. Funny now. More people will have buyers remorse already. Will see how this goes. I think it will go criminally. Since all the cabinet heads involved or maybe involved are all jumping ship, something is very wrong. Get the popcorn. ww

  • Commander_Chico

    Good catch. That is interesting, Broadwell talking about prisoners at the CIA annex.

    What a kooky chick she turned out to be. Nice rack, but obviously does too many pushups.

  • ackwired

    So we are supposed to believe that this investigation started because a housewife in Florida complained to the FBI that she got an email saying “I know what you did”. I’m having a problem swallowing that.

    • Yeah, there’s something pretty bizarre about the whole thing. It’s not making sense – if you identify a security threat you can close, then you close it. You don’t wait around for a convenient (or inconvenient) time…

    • Commander_Chico

      She was a rich and connected housewife, but yeah.


      Officials have confirmed a report by the Wall Street Journal that the Tampa FBI agent who first brought the case to the Bureau’s attention has been reassigned and his status is being reviewed by the FBI.

      There is not yet an official investigation. The agent is a personal friend of Jill Kelley’s. When she received Broadwell’s harassing emails, this agent pushed the cyber squad in Tampa to investigate. Over time he became disgruntled when higher-ups in the FBI essentially cut him out of the information flow of the investigation. He then took his concerns of a possible cover-up to a congressman friend who forwarded the information to Rep. Eric Cantor.

      The Wall Street Journal notes this agent once sent a shirtless picture of himself to Jill Kelley. This apparently is true, but happened a long time ago, well before this investigation.


  • The_Queen_of_France

    Carl, you putz, in case the reception on your transistor radio isn’t so hot, Dear Leader is safely ensconced in the White House for another four years. You can go back to your model trains now.

  • retired.military

    In other great news for the country I saw where Kerry’s name is supposedly being floated as Secretary of Defense.

    Umm yeah.

    • Commander_Chico

      Crap that means Susan Rice as State, too.

  • Commander_Chico

    The Coen brothers should make a movie about this.


    Petraeus: William Macy

    Mrs. Petraeus: Kathy Bates

    Paula Broadwell: Cameron Diaz

    Jill Kelley: Kim Kardashian

    EDIT: Add Chris Elliott as GEN John Allen

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