Did Petraeus Mistress Reveal Explosive Benghazi Details?

This story about David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, has, sadly, been getting even more salacious. I have just as many questions about the other woman in the dispute — an unpaid, Lebanese-born, wealthy social liaison — as I do Broadwell.

Every detail of this story strikes me as bizarre — the emails that l…

  1. Astonishing

    The only thing you can safely say about Ms. Broadwell is that she thinks Michelle Obama ought to be jealous of her triceps.

  2. HVTs
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.:

    The CIA Sunday denied her claim that prisoners were held at the annex, which has not been reported elsewhere.

    Of course, I’m not sure we’d expect confirmation of a secret CIA prison …

    In fact, “we don’t comment on intelligence operations” is the normal response to allegations like this, for good reason. If we did, all our adversaries would have to do is get speculation into the press and we’d be confirming/denying what they want to know.

    So the fact CIA is denying the story is itself interesting.

    BUT … if it lets that story stand, it suggests CIA had assumed the sovereign responsibilities/prerogatives of a nation state (detaining prisoners), inside its own borders.  More likely, if we were detaining prisoners, it was in conjunction with the Libyans.  In fact, it was probably the Libyans who were actually ‘interfacing’ with the prisoners, with CIA monitoring and advising.

    See where this is headed?  We’d want to protect the Libyan leadership from backlash for working with us. And Obama certainly doesn’t want his Administration’s complicity/involvement with Libya’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” to reach MoveOn.org.

    The plot thickens . . .

  3. HVTs
    Astonishing: The only thing you can safely say about Ms. Broadwell is that she thinks Michelle Obama ought to be jealous of her triceps.

    Hey!?!  Her ambition knows few boundaries . . . maybe Paula wasn’t satisfied with a mere CIA Director.  His younger, more powerful boss? Makes sense she’d make her move after the election. Never know . . .

    How about a Paula and Michelle mud wrestling match to settle this once and for all?  Put them in bikinis, sell tickets on a global pay-per-view basis … we could make a dent in the National debt.

  4. Mimi

    It seems to me Paula Broadwell set up the disaster when she began to stalk Jill Kelley through emails.  Broadwell had worked with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, and is a bit of an expert on security, so would have had to have known that investigations of the emails would expose her own involvement, and would implicate Gen’l Petraeus and also Kelley, who has a Middle Eastern background.  

    On the face of it, the whole matter, put into motion by Broadwell, is totally destructive.  Paula Broadwell is beginning to remind me of the wacko character, Evelyn, in Play Misty For Me (an excellent Clint Eastwood classic film).

  5. Railroad Bridge Guy

    What if we had prisoners in the Annex but they had been moved out of the country? Let’s assume this happened in August. Would there be a need in Benghazi for a special operations security unit? Couldn’t the special ops unit be pulled out after the prisoners were gone? What if the bad guys didn’t have fresh intelligence?I am just speculating

  6. Indaba

    Too much tax payers’ money going to Washington when they have time for social ambassasors. Why would this Lebanese woman take threatening emails to the highest authority when she has hosted Petreaus and his wife at her home? That is just not logical.

  7. Percival

    It is difficult to credit that the second phase of a CIA snatch operation would be “lock them in a broom closet at the Benghazi consulate.”

    At this point, it’s difficult to credit anything Paula Broadwell might say.

    HVT’s speculation seems to be more likely.  If the terrorists could capture rather than kill Ambassador Stevens, they would have a bargaining chip.  And if they fail, they would still give the Great Satan a black eye.

  8. liberal jim
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: 

    Broadwell confirmed the reports on Fox News that the CIA annex asked for a special unit, the Commander in Chief’s In Extremis Force, to come and assist it. She also said that the force could indeed have reinforced the consulate, and that Petraeus knew all of this, but was not allowed to talk to the press because of his position in the CIA.

    It seems as if the Director felt free to share classified material with his mistress, who in turn felt free to share it with the general public.  

    I guess the left was correct a few years ago.  Good going Gen Betraeus.

    If this guy was a good CIA Director, I would hate to see a bad one.

    The real tragedy is that this is more or less business as usual in DC. 

  9. Paul A. Rahe
    C

    The more we learn, the worse this gets.

  10. Benjamin Glaser
    Mimi: It seems to me Paula Broadwell set up the disaster when she began to stalk Jill Kelley through emails.  Broadwell had worked with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, and is a bit of an expert on security, so would have had to have known that investigations of the emails would expose her own involvement, and would implicate Gen’l Petraeus and also Kelley, who has a Middle Eastern background.  

    On the face of it, the whole matter, put into motion by Broadwell, is totally destructive.  Paula Broadwell is beginning to remind me of the wacko character, Evelyn, in Play Misty For Me (an excellent Clint Eastwood classic film). · 1 hour ago

    I was thinking more Shirley MacLaine in Two Mules For Sister Sara.

  11. Brian Clendinen

    “They were requesting the – it’s called the C-in-C’s In Extremis Force – a group of Delta Force operators, our very, most talented guys we have in the military.”

    From my understanding they got sent fairly quickly but they were so far away they stood down because by the time they got ready to deploy the attacks were over. The real issue is why do we not have resorces ready to deploy with-in two hours of hot spots in the middle east. That fact there were no forces on standby for incertion into dangrous regions is outright failure on the state departments behalf.

  12. Freesmith

    Don’t worry, Ricochetti, there is a bright side. 

    The good thing is that, thanks to accomodating to Democrat wishes and to Democrat conceptions of morality, in 10-to-15 years conservatives won’t have to worry about star and flag officers having affairs with members of the opposite sex. 

  13. Mr. Dart

    When Obama took office he signed Executive Order #13491 which forbids the CIA from operating secret detention sites.  So, assuming she’s correct and the annex was a secret detention site there are a couple of conclusions one could reach.  1. The CIA operated these without knowledge of the POTUS in which case they were going rogue.

    or…

    2. The POTUS knew and condoned the contravention of his executive order. In other words, it was just done to appease his base and the CIA was told “carry on, business as usual.”

    Either way it’s a lot bigger story than two adults gettin’ their freak on.

    Perhaps John Yoo could post on this aspect of the scandal.

  14. Mollie Hemingway
    C

    I’ll be the first commenter on my post with this response from reporter Eli Lake:

    The CIA Sunday denied her claim that prisoners were held at the annex, which has not been reported elsewhere.

    Of course, I’m not sure we’d expect confirmation of a secret CIA prison …

  15. DrewInWisconsin

    I think someone else said this first, but I’ll repeat it: “If it takes a sex scandal for the media to start getting interested in Benghazi, then I’m all for it.”

  16. Nick Stuart
    DrewInWisconsin: I think someone else said this first, but I’ll repeat it: “If it takes a sex scandal for the media to start getting interested in Benghazi, then I’m all for it.” · 0 minutes ago

    Too bad the only part they’ll be interested in is the sex scandal.

    Maybe if the CIA were operating a brothel in the annex?

  17. RightinChicago

    I would kill to see her “explosive Benghazi details”. Ga-rowwwwwrrrr

  18. Pseudodionysius

    Oh, my. It looks like the only problem with throwing so many people all at once under the bus is that the bodies might jam up the Axelrod.

    I hate when that happens.

  19. Mel Foil

    I read somewhere before, that the improvised CIA rescue (Woods) had captured prisoners from the attack on the consulate, from that night. Maybe that’s what she was talking about. I think the story also said that for some reason they had to let them go. Probably because they were too busy trying to survive themselves.

  20. Joan of Ark La Tex

    Head of CIA’s secret love affair, you know it would be anything but predictable. 

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