FBI agent's behavior questioned in Petraeus probe
New wrinkle in investigation
- Duration 3:58
- Date Nov 13, 2012
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Continuing coverage now on the FBI agent and the socialite who triggered the investigation became -- involved now former CIA director David Petraeus.
As we've been reporting she told the agent she was.
Getting harassing emails.
And referred the case to cyber crimes.
Sources say investigators later determined that they were from General Petraeus mistress -- abroad well.
But that FBI agent got kicked off the case before any -- it went public.
The Wall Street Journal reports his superiors thought he was obsessed with it and learned that -- -- -- shirtless photographs of himself to that socialite.
We're into the report reporting of the journal he went to a Republican lawmaker saying he was concerned the FBI I was gonna sweep it all under the route.
-- Barrett is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal which is owned by the parent company of this network and he joins us now from our newsroom here in New York W thank you.
Sure hey how are so you're upset about it and correct me if I'm wrong but my understanding of the beginning of this is she's upset about the harassing emails.
So she goes to the shirtless guy and says help.
-- -- -- Right that that -- -- -- the shirtless photos don't come that this FBI supervisors don't become aware of that.
Until down and that's how she knew it as the guy who sets us journalists were friends okay we're friends.
It's still unclear exactly what sort of friends they -- but yes she goes to him he essentially refers the whole issue to the cyber crimes investigation.
People and then they start their investigation and they eventually uncover this affair between Petraeus and -- -- well but.
But what they don't uncovers any criminal wrongdoing and I just.
As you move along it's like dominos a new one has to fall every time it every time their questions about can you do that government.
Right and one of the odd pieces of this case is so far it seems like every time an FBI opened the door.
They found something that was weird and -- in and possibly criminal but the more they went into it they decided it they're they're probably wasn't a crime that had been committed.
For instance they start with the with the concern that some may -- be hacking into Petraeus is emails.
They eventually figured out that wasn't true they were sharing an email account.
Then they find classified documents on brought wells computer and and that concerns them and then they've decided it probably didn't come from Petraeus to begin -- But they keep going on and on and on and they keep delving more and more and more into these folks' lives because they they feel like they have to figure out exactly what's going on.
And -- -- left with this is frankly a pretty weird scenario with a lot of people who know each other.
I'm confident that it's it's completely possible that Paul abroad wells fathers telling that the absolute truth.
It's possible he absolutely believes that there's more this in this is about something else but from what we know thus far.
It looks like what we have is.
They poked and they found nothing they poked and they found nothing they just kept poking it kept finding nothing.
Now we have twenty -- 30000 emails we have an affair we haven't shirtless FBI guy we have socialite from Tampa.
We have two generals who -- one appears to be down in the other appears to be on the way.
And nothing has happened but the government got into our bedroom where it did not belong.
That's the reason.
That's the reason that the constitution says the government can't do that now they're doing one of two things now -- and I want your help on this.
There either they don't either already have something that we don't know about or they're looking for something to justify the things that they've already done and that that's the latter they've got -- Look I think there's a lot of questions that are going to be put to the bureau and the bureau -- answer in some fashion.
I think from my understanding from my reporting the bureau's view is essentially this.
We kept finding things that were alarming.
Not because they would be alarming for any individual but they would be alarming for these specific individuals with these specific security responsibilities.
Well I feel like we're gonna know more soon it's every new day brings new stuff and it's been fascinating this -- -- -- we watched you for your reporting it.
The Wall Street Journal and it wsj.com.
Thank you thank you.