Sex sells, as media finally delves into Libya scandal
By: Ed Farnan | Published Monday, December 17, 2012, 6:02 PM | Updated Monday, December 17, 2012, 6:02 PM
The murder of our Ambassador to Libya and 3 other Americans at the Benghazi consulate was relegated to a few blurbs on the news and back page status in the New York Times.
But “sex sells” & news of an illicit affair between one of the main players in the Benghazi debacle, head of the CIA, David Petraeus and his” biographer” Paula Broadwell, does capture headlines. The aptly named book, “All In” takes on new connotations as more is revealed about the tawdry affair.
As a sad commentary of the shallowness of our media, maybe this will lead them to get to the bottom of why Americans were left to be killed in Benghazi.
Petraeus was forced to step down as head of the CIA as the result of an FBI investigation that exposed his affair. The investigation was triggered by a complaint from another woman who received threatening emails from Petraeus paramour. But the woman behind the FBI complaint, far from being a victim of harassment, seems to be a major player herself in this twisted tale.
Jill Kelly a Tampa Bay socialite, herself married and very active in social circles in southern Florida, is a longtime friend of Petraeus and his wife.
The plot thickens as another General gets whacked
But to add even more fuel to the fire, another top General in Afghanistan, John Allen, seems to have been carrying on a relationship with Jill Kelly. An official told the AP that 20,000 to 30,000 pages of emails, some flirtatious and other communications between Allen and Kelley since 2010 are under review.
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Kelley has been described as an "unpaid social liaison" for MacDill Air Force Base, headquarters to U.S. Central Command. Her mansion was a frequent party spot visited by the military's top brass, including Petraeus and Allen.
Evidently Kelly and her surgeon husband are in deep financial trouble as a result of bad investments and are underwater by millions. Unnamed sources claim money may have been a motive behind pressure on Petraeus and may have sparked the threatening emails from Broadwell.
This puts a whole new spin on the possibility of blackmail of Petraeus. Was he pressured by the administration to tell a fabricated story?
Already tapes have been leaked of Paula Broadwell revealing top secret information revolving around the scenario behind the attack on our Benghazi consulate.
What she revealed is the real possibility the consulate might have been the cover for a clandestine prison where captured Libyan rebels were interrogated. The attack itself may have been a planned operation to free captured prisoners.
This flies in the face of the administrations oft repeated mantra that the attack was a spontaneous reaction to a cheesy anti Mohammed tape. This also contradicts President Obamas pledge to not have secret prisons where prisoners are held and possibly interrogated using enhanced techniques.
The FBI spent 4 hours at Paula Broadwells house combing through every square inch of her residence looking for evidence. They left carrying boxes of material they loaded into vans.
Ironically, the time spent at Paula Broadwells house, was far more time than the FBI spent at the scene of the murder of our Ambassador in Benghazi.
In the meantime as congress delves into this issue, the main players involved in this mess are conveniently not available to testify. Hillary Clinton is busy at a wine tasting in Australia and David Petraeus has said he won't be available to attend the hearing.
Update: David Petraeus has agreed to testify this week in front of the House & Senate committees investigating the murder of our ambassador and 3 other Americans at the Benghazi consulate. His testimony will be behind closed doors.
Update: Hillary Clinton is still wine tasting in Australia until further notice.