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Pentagon Accused of Organizing Shiite Torture Squads

Witnesses put key US military personnel at torture sites

(Newser) - The Pentagon directly oversaw the creation of a Shiite militia force that set up secret detention sites and tortured opponents during the US occupation of Iraq, as part of American attempts to put down the budding Sunni insurgency, according to a new report by the Guardian that is being called...

Paula Broadwell May Go Public, Too

Howard Kurtz says Petraeus mistress hopes to resume media career

(Newser) - Now that Jill Kelley has broken her silence , Paula Broadwell is strongly considering doing the same, sources close to David Petraeus' former mistress tell Howard Kurtz at the Daily Beast . Broadwell is eager to resume her media career, and because that career involves being in the public eye, she's...

Gen. Allen Back on Track to Run NATO

White House to move ahead with his nomination

(Newser) - Now that Gen. John Allen has been cleared of wrongdoing over his emails to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, his military career is apparently none the worse. The White House said today it will proceed with his nomination to become commander of NATO forces in Europe, reports the AP . The nomination...

Pentagon Clears Gen. John Allen in Email Inquiry

He violated no rules in messages to Jill Kelley

(Newser) - The scandal centering on Tampa socialite Jill Kelley may have brought down David Petraeus , but another general— John Allen —will survive. The Pentagon's inspector general pored over the trove of emails between Allen and Kelley and concluded that he did nothing unbecoming of an officer, reports the Washington ...

Jill Kelley on Those Emails From Broadwell: 'Threats'

She speaks, for first time, to Daily Beast

(Newser) - Today's buzziest interview is with Jill Kelley , the Florida socialite who factored into the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell scandal in a big way. She talks, for the first time, to Howard Kurtz of the Daily Beast , in a two-hour interview peppered with words like "terrified" and "blackmail."...

Culprit in a Third of Military's Top Brass Firings? Sex

Rise in ethical lapses alarms military

(Newser) - The US military has a sex problem. Sexual misconduct has been the leading reason for the firing of military commanders over the last eight years, accounting for almost one-third, or 78 of 255 firings since 2005, an AP analysis of statistics finds. Notably among them was Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair,...

Murdoch Tried to Buy US Presidency&mdash;Media Yawn
Murdoch Tried to Buy US Presidency—Media Yawn
Carl Bernstein

Murdoch Tried to Buy US Presidency—Media Yawn

Carl Bernstein rips into coverage at Washington Post, elsewhere

(Newser) - Carl Bernstein can't quite believe how the US media mostly ignored what he sees as a bombshell story: As his Watergate partner Bob Woodward revealed earlier this month , Rupert Murdoch tried to get David Petreaus to run for president last year, promising to bankroll his campaign and give him...

Petraeus Gave Unpaid Analysts Unusual Access

Civilians Fred and Kim Kagan worked for free in Afghanistan

(Newser) - Military lawyers are looking into a strange arrangement David Petraeus had with a husband-and-wife team of conservative think-tank analysts, who served as unofficial, unpaid de-facto senior advisers to him in Afghanistan, the Washington Post reports. Fred and Kim Kagan had top-level security clearance, desks in Petraeus' headquarters, and enjoyed priority...

Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of 2012 Is...

...David Petraeus

(Newser) - Barbara Walters unveiled her most fascinating person of the year last night: General David Petraeus. The sex-scandal-plagued former CIA director's extramarital affair and shocking resignation was a story that Walters deemed "irresistible" during her annual special . "The keeper of the nation's secrets unable to conceal his...

Petraeus: &#39;I Love Roger Ailes&#39;
 Petraeus: 'I Love Roger Ailes' 
Transcript Revealed

Petraeus: 'I Love Roger Ailes'

Transcript of call with Fox Reporter revealed

(Newser) - Did Roger Ailes really try to convince David Petraeus to run for president in April 2011? Just how close was the general with the conservative network? Well, you can now judge for yourself, because the Washington Post has published the full transcript of the call Bob Woodward obtained between Petraeus...

How CIA's 94 Words on Benghazi Got It So Wrong

'WSJ' looks at how the CIA's consulate-attack talking points came to be

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal today takes a look at the life and death of 94 little words: the heavily edited and ultimately faulty Benghazi talking points compiled by the CIA in the wake of the consulate attack.
  • Just a day after the attack, the CIA's reports were already referencing
...

Fox's Ailes Offered to Back Petraeus Presidential Bid

He urged general to reject CIA directorship, reports Bob Woodward

(Newser) - Fox News chief Roger Ailes made a serious effort last year to enlist Gen. David Petraeus to seek the GOP nomination for president, reports Bob Woodward for the Washington Post . Fox News national security analyst Kathleen McFarland was asked to speak to the general on Ailes' behalf on a trip...

David Petraeus: 'I Screwed Up Royally'

Ex-CIA head's wife is sticking by him, letter to friend reveals

(Newser) - Holly Petraeus is standing by her man, despite the sex scandal that booted him from Langley, a letter from David Petraeus to longtime Army buddy Brig. Gen. James Shelton reveals. "I screwed up royally," reads the handwritten letter, which Shelton apparently chose to share with the New York ...

Pentagon Flags 60 Emails in Jill Kelley Inquiry

As big-time lawyer defends client in Petraeus scandal

(Newser) - The Pentagon inspector general’s office didn't take the Gen. John Allen-Jill Kelley email exchange lightly, assigning 15 investigators toiling seven days a week to review the thousands of pages of documents . They've now sussed out between 60 and 70 emails that "bear a fair amount of...

Petraeus Pal to Lose Korean Consul Status

Jill Kelley misused title, Koreans say

(Newser) - South Korea has decided to strip one of the women at the center of the Gen. David Petraeus scandal of her honorary consul title, the AP reports. Tampa socialite Jill Kelley—who invoked her consul status in several 911 calls after the scandal surfaced—misused the title by using it...

Woman in Petraeus Scandal Got Medal for Party Hosting

Jill Kelley awarded honor from Joint Chiefs of Staff last year

(Newser) - Jill Kelley, one of the women involved in the David Petraeus affair scandal, was awarded a medal from the Joint Chiefs of Staff last year ... basically for throwing parties. Petraeus initially recommended Kelley for the award, the second-highest civilian honor awarded by the JCS, and Mike Mullen eventually approved it....

Why Attacks on Broadwell&#39;s Clothes Are OK

 Why Attacks 
 on Broadwell's 
 Clothes Are OK 
ruth marcus

Why Attacks on Broadwell's Clothes Are OK

Her 'skimpy' outfits make a statement: Ruth Marcus

(Newser) - Ruth Marcus has received a flurry of criticism for attacking Paula Broadwell's wardrobe. "Beware the woman who goes on The Daily Show wearing a black silk halter top and flaunting her toned triceps," Marcus wrote earlier this month in the Washington Post . A reader hit back: "...

Did Petraeus Tell Staff to Hand Over Classified Info?

Probe reviewing whether aides were told to give Broadwell the records

(Newser) - A new twist in the Petraeus-Broadwell saga. Federal investigators are now reviewing whether David Petraeus ordered his staff to hand his biographer-with-benefits classified information. The two have thus far maintained that Petraeus himself did not provide her with such info. But sources tell the Washington Post that Broadwell repeatedly asked...

Latest Player in Petraeus Scandal: Gloria Allred

Broadwell gets a PR firm, Petraeus gets a lawyer

(Newser) - Looks like it's spin time for Paula Broadwell: David Petraeus' biographer-with-benefits has hired a PR firm in the wake of the scandal, AdAge reports. Reuters calls the firm a "high-profile" one in Washington, boasting such consultants as former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers. The move comes after...

Broadwell to Buddies: I'm Devastated

Petraeus biographer returns to Charlotte

(Newser) - Paula Broadwell has kept a low profile amid the fallout from her affair with David Petraeus, but a family friend tells the AP that Broadwell is "devastated" over the situation. She is working to fix the damage done to the families involved—damage she regrets terribly, the friend says....

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