By RAMESH RHAMJAMI
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Benghazi scandal might have taken on yet another dimension. Facts uncovered concerning the firing of Gen. David Petraeus indicate that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have played a role in exposing Petraeus’ extramarital affair with biographer Paula Broadwell. Publication of this affair ultimately forced Petraeus to resign as CIA director.
If a link is proven between Clinton and the Petraeus sex scandal, it could be viewed as consistent with other allegations of retaliation by the Obama administration against the three “whistleblowers” that testified before Congress on May 8. Petraeus, who clashed with Clinton’s State Dept. over the infamous “talking points,” lost his job soon thereafter.
The new facts involving Clinton relate to her connection with the mysterious Tampa, Florida socialite – Jill Kelley. Kelley reported to the FBI threatening emails warning her to stay away from Petraeus. This scandal broke in November 2012 just after the Benghazi attack. Upon investigating the FBI allegedly discovered that Petraeus’ biographer – Paula Broadwell – had sent the emails to Kelley. The exposure of the extramarital affair forced Petraeus to step down as CIA director.
Now the May 20 edition of the American Weekly magazine reports that Kelley’s mother has known Clinton since the two were young girls. Apparently, the two met while attending an exclusive girls summer camp in Minnesota – Camp Womyntonka. At least two other campers have come forward to confirm that both attended the camp together.
Many are speculating that Clinton used her relationship with Kelley to set into motion the forced resignation of Petraeus.
Many are speculating that Clinton used her relationship with Kelley’s family to set into motion the forced resignation of Petraeus. Petraeus’ role in the Benghazi scandal became clearer after the leaking of emails that trace the evolution of the talking points. Petraeus expressed his strong disapproval of the State Department’s alteration of CIA intelligence in the talking points. The exposure of his affair came only three weeks later.
According to the American Weekly piece, two anonymous women have provided credible accounts of Clinton and Kelley’s Lebanese mother attending Camp Womyntonka together. The camp, which has since been closed, had a professed mission of cultivating a sense of strength and independence in young women. It was located on Grant Lake outside of Duluth, Minnesota.
One of the women distinctly recalls Clinton and Kelley as being “besties” during Clinton’s one year at the all-girls camp. Kelley – who was larger than the other girls – acted as Clintons’ “muscle.” Most girls tried to “steer clear” of them. This same woman also described an awkward encounter with Clinton that prevented Clinton from being invited back the following summer. Clinton “insisted” that the woman be her canoe partner. When in the open water outside the view of other campers, Clinton allegedly touched her “inappropriately” while applying sunscreen to her front.
The other woman described constant clashes with Kelley. According to this woman, Clinton was widely known to be exploring her sexuality with other girls. Hence, most tried to avoid her but had to contend with Kelley if Clinton showed an interest. “I know for a fact,” she said, that “many girls submitted to Clinton” to avoid retribution by Kelley. Apparently, Kelley’s Lebanese background also intimidated many of the campers.
Former director of Camp Womyn-tonka, Erik Larson, said that he could not confirm the identities of former campers due to confidentiality concerns. He did describe the camp’s purpose as “building up the self-esteem and independence of future female leaders.”
The revelation of a connection between Clinton and Kelley comes after numerous other connections – including some in the media. It is been reported that CBS News President David Rhodes’ own brother – Ben Rhodes – was a key player in revising the controversial Benghazi talking points. Ben Rhodes is now Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication. The president of ABC News Ben Sherwood’s sister – Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall – is the Special Assistant to the president.