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FBI agent investigating Petraeus affair comes under own probe

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Gen. David Petraeus isn't the only one under investigation following his resignation over an extramarital affair with biographer Paula Broadwell. Now, the FBI agent who launched the case is under investigation himself because he became "personally obsessed with it."

Affairs are always wrapped in secrets, but the question in this affair is whether or not any of those were state secrets.

A few weeks ago, Broadwell made some bold statements at the University of Denver about the consulate attack in Benghazi.

"I don't know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner, and they think the attack on the consulate was an effort to get those prisoners back," Broadwell said. "It's still being vetted."

The CIA has denied Broadwell's claims that they were holding detainees -- possibly because it's been illegal to hold combatants overseas since 2008.

So, why did she claim to know that -- and what else did she know? Petraeus was scheduled to testify before Congress about the attack this week, and his sudden resignation on Friday caught many lawmakers off guard.

The timeline of notification started with Jill Kelley, a family friend of David and Holly Petraeus who lives in Tampa, Fla. She began receiving anonymous harassment over e-mail this summer accusing her of being flirtatious with Petraeus.

The FBI's cyber unit traced those e-mails back to Broadwell, and then discovered romantic e-mails from an account belonging to Petraeus -- but the agent who jump-started the investigation is now apparently afraid of Kelley.

A few weeks ago, FBI investigators seized Broadwell's personal computer, which was found to contain confidential documents -- but they didn't come from Petraeus.

President Barack Obama only learned of the investigation on the day after he won re-election.

Now, questions are cropping up over whether the FBI went too far or did not go far enough. In J. Edgar Hoover's day, he would direct agents to spy on the sex lives of public figures and then use that information for blackmail -- but if no laws were broken by Petraeus or Broadwell and no state secrets revealed, some wonder whether the affair is anyone's business but theirs.

The challenge with Petraeus is that a man in his position is not allowed to communicate with the press, but Broadwell appeared to act as his spokesperson while hustling her biography.

"This is not a hagiography," she said.

That certainly seems true as the investigation now also includes shirtless photos that the agent now under investigation sent to Kelley. He also broke the chain of command regarding the investigation by telling Sen. Eric Cantor about the affair two weeks before Obama learned of it because he feared it would be swept under the rug.

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