Bringing this idyll of the inbox to an end was an email to Allen from “Kelleypatrol” warning that she was a “seductress.” The language must have alerted Allen that Charles Dickens or the Bronte sisters were hot on his trail.
He forwarded the tipster email to Jill Kelley who sent it to an FBI friend and from there the investigation spread to engulf CIA Director David Petraeus and his muscular girlfriend, Paula Broadwell.
To close the circle on our lesson of why you should never trust the Internet, it turned out that the FBI agent had earlier emailed photos of himself bare-chested to Kelley. Soon we’re likely to be treated to those sordid little vignettes — where else but on the Internet.
Dale McFeatters writes for the Scripps Howard News Service.