The widening Petraeus scandal

By Laurie Bennett

November 13, 2012 at 7:55am

The developing story of the Petraeus scandal can be framed as the mapping of a heretofore secret social network.

With every new day’s revelations, new links are added. (For those who are new to Muckety maps, any box with a + sign can be expanded by double-clicking.)

Today we learn of the involvement of Gen. John Allen, NATO commander in Afghanistan.

The New York Times reports that Allen is under investigation for “inappropriate communication” with Jill Kelley, the Tampa woman who initiated an FBI investigation by reporting harassing email.

The messages came from Paula Broadwell, whose affair with Gen. David Petraeus led to his resignation Friday as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Broadwell, a graduate of West Point, co-wrote a biography of Petraeus called “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.”

FBI agents searched her North Carolina home Monday night, carrying out boxes.

Allen’s name had not come up in coverage of the scandal until early this morning.

Here’s our map as a (non-interactive) gif:

Petraeus scandal

The Marine Corps general has headed forces in Afghanistan since July 2011, when he succeeded Petraeus. President Obama nominated Allen last month to become commander of American forces in Europe and the supreme allied commander of NATO.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta issued a statement to reporters Tuesday saying that those nominations had been placed on hold.

Panetta said the FBI had referred their findings on Allen to the Defense Department on Sunday.

The Times reports that the Pentagon’s inspector general is reviewing 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents, many of them e-mails between Allen and Kelley.

Kelley has hired celebrity lawyer Abbe Lowell, whose former clients include Bill Clinton and Jack Abramoff; and crisis PR handler Judy Smith, who has represented Monica Lewinsky and Michael Vick.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI agent who initially fielded her complaints was barred from involvement in the case. The agent allegedly sent shirtless photos of himself to Kelley before the email investigation began.

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  • #1.   Unbeliever 11.15.2012

    Where’s the shirtless FBI agent on this map? There’s even a photo out there!

  • #2.   Laurie Bennett 11.16.2012

    You’re right. However, the FBI agent’s identity was revealed after publication of this post.

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