The Love Pentagon did not start with Paula Broadwell sending emails to Jill Kelley, but with her emailing a warning under the alias "KelleyPatrol" to Gen. John Allen in Afghanistan. The KelleyPatrol message warned Allen to stay away from Kelley at an upcoming event at an ambassador's residence in Washington, The Washington Post's Greg Miller and Sari Horwitz report. After that, Broadwell sent messages to Kelley and her husband Scott, asking him if he was aware Kelley would be meeting then-CIA director David Petraeus the next week. That's what got the shirtless FBI agent's attention, because it was clear KelleyPatrol knew the schedules of Allen and Petraeus. Maybe they were being stalked? Eventually, the FBI realized that KelleyPatrol was Broadwell.
Kelley showed agent Frederick W. Humphries II the emails in mid-June, and sometime later in the summer tried to call the investigation off, because she realized the FBI was looking at more emails than the ones she provided, CBS's John Miller reports. We can see why she might be nervous. According to The New York Times, Allen and Kelley shared "sexually explicit email exchanges." Allen denies he had an affair, and his allies have said he used innocuous terms like "sweetheart."
We are all on KelleyPatrol now -- reporters are tracing Kelley's fascinating pursuit of access to the highest-ranking officers at MacDill Air Force Base. Kelley's parties might have been lavish, but she was strict about her guest list, USA Today's Tom Vanden Brook and Donna Leinwand Leger report, keeping it to generals and admirals. "A colonel is about as low as she'd go," an officer who served at Centcom told the paper. Kelley was stripped of her pass to get on post Tuesday.
Kelley circulated in Republican circles, not just military ones. Angelette Aviles, a Republican donor, tweeted this photo of Kelley at a fundraiser for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. (Aviles says she "never invited her.")
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