In yet another strange twist involving the David Petraeus sex scandal, the FBI has announced that the agent who initially launched the investigation has been removed from the case, accused of being "obsessed with the matter."
The unidentified agent was friends with Jill Kelley, the woman who received threatening emails from Petraeus' mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell. According to the Wall Street Journal, Kelley made complaints about the emails to the FBI agent who then referred the complaint to the FBI's cyber crimes unit. It was the cyber crimes unit that opened an investigation.
What initially appeared to be nothing more than a friend helping a friend quickly became more intriguing. After learning the agent had sent shirtless photos of himself to Kelley, his supervisors became concerned. Believing the agent had become "obsessed" with the case, supervisors immediately ordered him to have nothing more to do with the investigation according to the Examiner.
The agent, now being called “Agent Shirtless" by News Statesman, contacted Washington Republican David Reichert. The agent said he was concerned that senior FBI officials were going to "sweep the matter under the rug." The information was relayed to top congressional officials, who then notified officials at the FBI headquarters in Washington.
In another bizarre twist, the nomination of Gen. John Allen to the post of NATO's supreme allied commander, has been put on hold by the Obama administration. A CNN report states that Allen is now being investigated by the Defense Department for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to Kelley.
The FBI has reportedly recovered anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 pages of 'potentially inappropriate' emails that were exchanged between Allen and Kelley. On Sunday, the FBI notified the Pentagon about the communications and subsequent launch of an investigation.
The Washington Post says that a senior U.S. official has strongly denied that an affair or any type of inappropriate communication has occurred between Allen and Kelly. The Pentagon has not addressed the matter.