Protection from the press, that is.
She's the woman who initiated the investigation that eventually brought down Petraeus, and she seems to have a profound sense of personal entitlement. According to her, she is an honorary diplomatic representative of the country of South Korea, and her property is therefore untouchable and "inviolable." (Apparently she has the diplomatic license plates to back her claim!)
Yeah, I know it sounds like the plot of a bad movie: use diplomatic immunity to get away with ... say, didn't Mel Gibson foil that plot in Lethal Weapon 2?
Elsewhere, some people are finally starting to ask the right question: "Why the hell was the FBI investigating in the first place?" Some sources are even starting to come up with the right answers:
"There is some sweet justice in having the stars of America’s national security state destroyed by the very surveillance system which they implemented and over which they preside. As Trevor Timm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation put it this morning: 'Who knew the key to stopping the Surveillance State was to just wait until it got so big that it ate itself?'"
Another source, Foreign Policy, wrote:
"The spark that set events in motion was a handful of allegedly harassing emails sent anonymously to Kelley, a friend of Petraeus's, which she brought to a friend at the FBI. Yet it's unclear why an investigation was ever opened, given that everything publicly known about the emails suggests they weren't illegal. They said things like "Who do you think you are? ... You parade around the base ... You need to take it down a notch." It seems the deciding factor in opening the investigation was not the emails' content, but the fact that the FBI agent was friendly with Kelley."
Just about anyone who is wired probably gets anonymously insulted just as vividly on a regular basis, either in e-mails or online fora or social media. Welcome to the internet, Ms Kelley! But the honorable Ambassador Kelley, again flashing her sense of entitlement, believed that the FBI should investigate anything that insulted her. I get that. That's just the usual annoying behavior of the sheltered prosperous class, diva division. But what I don't get, what's truly disturbing, is the fact that the FBI agreed to become her personal research agency.
It seems that Kelley later asked the FBI to drop the investigation when she saw where it was heading, but by that time it had a life of its own beyond the interest or power of Kelley's friend at the Bureau, so she was unable to call in any more favors.
The mainstream media is lagging behind the bloggers on this story, presumably because they are using the juicy, salacious stuff to pump up circulation. And now for more of that juicy stuff:
"Ms. Broadwell, whose extramarital affair with Mr. Petraeus had ended by then, believed that Ms. Kelley may have been a romantic rival, according to this official. Besides the emails sent directly to Ms. Kelley, she also sent a flurry of emails from a pseudonymous account to senior military officials, denigrating Ms. Kelley.
In the email received by Gen. Allen, Ms. Broadwell, writing under the pseudonym KelleyPatrol, described Ms. Kelley as a 'seductress' and warned the general about being entangled in a relationship with her, the official said. A lawyer for Ms. Broadwell didn’t return messages seeking comment Tuesday.
FBI agents conducted a consensual search at Ms. Broadwell's home in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, though it was unclear why. Multiple government officials have said that while the FBI doesn't believe Mr. Petraeus committed any crimes, they are still examining Ms. Broadwell's conduct."
By the way, I've scoured several sources related to this scandal, and have found no evidence that the other General (Allen) did anything improper. He told officials that he had never even been in a room alone with Ms. Kelley. On the other hand, I'm not sure yet what's in those 20,000 pages of e-mails.