The Petraeus affair, a timeline
The controversy surrounding General David Petraeus just keep growing.
Today, another top commander is the target of an investigation, and new information is coming out almost hourly.
The scandal that ended the career of one of the country’s top generals had its origins back in 2006.
That’s when West Point graduate and military veteran Paula Broadwell approached General David Petraeus with the idea of expanding her Master’s thesis on his military career and philosophy into a full-fledged biography.
Broadwell was given unusual access to the general during her two years writing the book from 2009-2010.
In September of 2011, Petraeus was appointed to head the CIA.
Two months later, he allegedly began an affair with the 38-year-old Broadwell, who is married to a doctor and has two young sons.
In May of 2012, Tampa, Florida socialite and informal military liaison Jill Kelly starts getting threatening emails from Broadwell who apparently suspects Kelly is a rival for Petraeus’ attention.
Kelly is a friend of Petraeus and his wife Holly, whom he married in 1975 when he graduated West Point.
Kelly calls an FBI agent who it is suspected is infatuated with the Lebanese-born socialite, and asks him to investigate.
He track s the emails to Broadwell and when he finds Petraeus’ name mentioned, informs his superiors.
They pickup the case, and tell the agent to remove himself. He apparently suspects a coverup and later tells Republican representative David Reichert of Washington who in turn, informs Congressman Eric Cantor.
What he didn’t know is that the FBI had delved deeper into the emails, one of which accused Kelly of touching the general under a table at an event, and threatening to tell her husband, a prominent Oncologist.
July of 2012, the affair was supposedly ended by Broadwell.
By the end of the summer, Atrorney General Eric Holder was informed to obtain the authority to interview Petraeus and Broadwell.
At that time, it seemed to be a case of cyber harassment.
September of 2012, Broadwell was interviewed and admitted the affair and turned over her computer.
This October was when the FBI friend of Jill Kelly tells Congressman Reichert, who tells Cantor of the investigation.
November, one week before the election, Petraeus is interviewed by the FBI. Classified documents were found on her computer, but the general denied he was the source. Broadwell said that was true, and she does still have security clearance as an Army Reservist.
The FBI decided criminal charges were not warranted.
On election day, National security chief James Clapper was told of the investigation and waited until the following day to tell the president that General Petraeus would probably resign.
That happened on Thursday of last week.
Now, General John Allen, who succeeded Petraeus in Afghanistan and was to begin confirmation hearings for an appointment to head NATO, has been found to have exchanged thousands of inappropriate emails to Kelly, though both deny there was any sexual relationship.
The Pentagon described the emails as flirtatious. Allen is married with two grown daughters.
Allen’s appointment is on hold, the original FBI agent is under investigation for shirtless photos he sent to Jill Kelly, and the hearings on the Benghazi attack begin next week.