That great line comes from Ace of Spades. He explains:
Jill Kelley, the woman who was (allegedly) threatened by Gen. Petraeus's squeeze Paula Broadwell and who (apparently) started the FBI investigation that led to Petraeus' ouster, who went to the FBI for help after the threats and then (allegedly) had a relationship with the FBI agent in charge of her own case, who (allegedly) sent her shirtless pics of himself, also (apparently, allegedly) had "compromising" communications with Gen. John Allen, the Big Damn Commander of our war effort in Afghanistan.
The thing about the FBI guy with the shirtless pics reminds me of something very important to keep in mind as a media consumer. Pretty much every advance in this story has been from interested parties spilling the beans to reporters. The original Wall Street Journal story about the FBI agent was clearly designed as a hit against him. You don't learn that Jill Kelley contacted him for help with the harassing emails until some time after (years, it sounds like) he sent her the pictures. You learn that from the New York Times piece on the same.
But the agent, who was not identified, continued to “nose around” about the case, and eventually his superiors “told him to stay the hell away from it, and he was not invited to briefings,” the official said. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Monday night that the agent had been barred from the case.
Later, the agent became convinced — incorrectly, the official said — that the case had stalled. Because of his “worldview,” as the official put it, he suspected a politically motivated cover-up to protect President Obama. The agent alerted Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who called the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, on Oct. 31 to tell him of the agent’s concerns.
Sounds like this FBI agent is being retaliated against in the media for his whistleblowing.
That's a separate issue, of course, from whether the FBI should have handled the case differently. I'm wondering what you think. Should the FBI have snooped around in Paula Broadwell's email? Once they discovered the affair, what should they have done?