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Petraeus shocked at girlfriend's emails to friend

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:42 a.m. HST, Nov 12, 2012

WASHINGTON >> Ex-CIA director David Petraeus has told friends he was shocked to find that his biographer and girlfriend, Paula Broadwell, was suspected of sending anonymous, threatening emails to a Petraeus friend she saw as a romantic rival.

A close Petraeus associate said today that FBI investigators told Petraeus that Broadwell sent anonymous emails to Jill Kelley, a Petraeus family friend from his time at Central Command in Tampa, warning her to stay away from him. The Petraeus associate spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential conversations with Petraeus. The CIA director resigned last week after confessing to the affair.

Petraeus was not shown the emails, but was told the tone and content seemed threatening to Kelley, prompting her to report them, the close Petraeus associate said. That triggered the investigation that led the FBI to Broadwell and evidence of her affair with Petraeus.

The affair began in 2011, two months after he became CIA director, a friend and former top aide said today. The case has sparked an uproar in Congress over FBI investigative tactics and complaints by lawmakers they weren't told soon enough about the probe rocking the intelligence and law enforcement establishment.

Petraeus, who resigned last week as the nation's head spy, and his family are said to be devastated over the affair, especially his wife Holly, who "is not exactly pleased right now," said Steve Boylan, a friend and former Petraeus spokesman who spoke to Petraeus over the weekend.

"Furious would be an understatement," Boylan told ABC's "Good Morning America." He said Petraeus ended the affair four months ago.

Members of Congress said they want to know more details about the FBI investigation that revealed the extramarital affair between Petraeus and Broadwell. They questioned when the retired general popped up in the FBI inquiry, whether national security was compromised and why they weren't told sooner.

Petraeus, 60, quit Friday after acknowledging the affair. He has been married 38 years to Holly Petraeus, with whom he has two adult children, including a son who led an infantry platoon in Afghanistan as an Army lieutenant.

Broadwell, a 40-year-old graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and an Army Reserve officer, is married with two young sons.

According to a senior U.S. military official, Kelley, 37, who lives in Tampa, Fla., and serves as an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where the military's Central Command and Special Operations Command are located. Staffers for Petraeus said Kelley and her husband were regular guests at events he held at Central Command headquarters. 

A U.S. official said the coalition countries represented at Central Command gave Kelley an appreciation certificate on which she was referred to as an "honorary ambassador" to the coalition, but she has no official status and is not employed by the U.S. government.

In a statement Sunday, Kelley and her husband, Scott, said: "We and our family have been friends with Gen. Petraeus and his family for over five years. We respect his and his family's privacy and want the same for us and our three children."

The military official who identified Kelley spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation. He said Kelley had received harassing emails from Broadwell, which led the FBI to examine her email account and eventually discover her relationship with Petraeus. It was not clear what led Broadwell to send the emails to Kelley.

The FBI contacted Petraeus and other intelligence officials, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asked Petraeus to resign.

A former associate of Petraeus confirmed the target of the emails was Kelley, but said there was no affair between the two, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the retired general's private life. The associate said Kelley and her husband were longtime friends of Petraeus and his wife.

Boylan said today that Petraeus is keenly aware that he has injured his family while losing "one of the best jobs he ever had. He's devastated." The affair with Broadwell started about two months after Petraeus took the CIA post, Boylan said. Petraeus became CIA director in September 2011.

Petraeus' affair with Broadwell will be the subject of meetings Wednesday involving congressional intelligence committee leaders, FBI deputy director Sean Joyce and CIA deputy director Michael Morell.

Petraeus had been scheduled to appear before congressional committees on Thursday to testify about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Morell was expected to testify in place of Petraeus, and lawmakers said he should have the answers to their questions. 

Clapper was told by the Justice Department of the Petraeus investigation last week at about 5 p.m. on Election Day, and then called Petraeus and urged him to resign, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

FBI officials said the congressional committees weren't informed until Friday, one official said, because the matter started as a criminal investigation into harassing emails allegedly sent by Broadwell to Kelley.

Concerned that emails Petraeus exchanged with Broadwell raised the possibility of a security breach, the FBI brought the matter up with him directly, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation.

Petraeus decided to quit, though he was breaking no laws by having an affair, officials said.

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radianthawaii wrote:
"Petraeus had been scheduled to appear before congressional committees on Thursday to testify about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya" is an issue of more interest than his affair details.
on November 12,2012 | 04:28AM
false wrote:
"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." This is 007 fantasy in reality media. It's not so pretty and engaging. Can we concentrate on how we get along with our neighbors and take care of warriors? If we are not welcome in a country, we should get out and go where we can make a difference. In the meantime tired and saddened by the lack of esteem for the responsibility. Broadwell is making it on the publicity for a book that wasn't really selling. Hmmm.
on November 12,2012 | 06:53AM
Manoa2 wrote:
Keep in mind that at least one and likely two important Republican leaders in the House have known about this investigation since it started. One has acknowledged he knew.
on November 12,2012 | 10:50AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
So did one important Democrat: President Obama. It's all just a basic distraction tactic to keep us from thinking about Benghazi.
on November 12,2012 | 12:37PM
tiki886 wrote:
Considering her close relationship with Petraeus, it is entirely possible that Broadwell was exposed to a great deal of highly-classified material. In an October 26 speech at the University of Denver, which is her alma mater, she was asked about how Petraeus handled the now-infamous attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11. Her response was fascinating and potentially problematic, as it may have contained sensitive information about part of the motivation behind the terrorist attack.


The section surrounding alleged cause of the attack can be found at 34:45

“Now, I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually, um, had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back,” she said during her address. “So that’s still being vetted.”

On Monday, though, following revelations of Broadwell’s potential leak of classified information, Fox News reported:

A well-placed Washington source confirms to Fox that there were Libyan militiamen being held at the CIA annex in Benghazi and that their presence was being looked at as a possible motive for the staged attack on the Consulate and Annex that night.

According to multiple intelligence sources who have served in Benghazi, there were more than just Libyan militia members who were held and interrogated by CIA contractors at the CIA Annex in the days prior to the attack. Other prisoners from additional countries in Africa and the Middle East were brought to this location.

The Libya Annex was the largest CIA station in North Africa, and two weeks prior to the attack, the CIA was preparing to shut it down. Most prisoners, according to British and American intelligence sources, had been moved two weeks earlier.

on November 12,2012 | 04:36AM
false wrote:
Great novel for someone with access to classified. We want to know.
on November 12,2012 | 06:57AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
At least Petreus took the honorable way out with his resignation. It's too bad that President Clinton didn't do the same over his affair. How many national secrets was an intern with no security clearance exposed to?
on November 12,2012 | 07:42AM
BluesBreaker wrote:
The entire Benghazi issue has become an obsession of the right, who are trying to whip it up into some kind of scandal. The Fox fever swamp is sure and certain this is all related to Benghazi, even if they struggle to figure out a plausible connection. One theory is that Petraeus was more or less "outed" in order to keep him from testifying at the congressional hearings next week.

A competing and more popular theory has it that — let's see if I can get this right — he knew he was being investigated and therefore promoted the Obama administration's "lie" about the YouTube video under threat of being outed. Must be true, see, because the CIA station chief in Tripoli said less than 24 hours after the attack that it was AQ or AQ-linked militias that done the deed, and yet Petraeus several days later was still talking about the video in a closed congressional hearing.

Got that?

You can see more along these lines from Laura Ingraham, Patterico, Ace of Spades, Allahpundit, Monica Crowley, and (of course) Ben Shapiro. If only Glenn Beck were still around with his whiteboard, maybe someone would put all the pieces together and really explain what's going on here.

There are times when I think the conservative movement is literally going to explode. Their whole Benghazi obsession long ago left reality behind, reduced to a desperate search for impeachable malfeasance even though all the evidence points to nothing more than a fairly routine level of confusion and (at worst) minor ass covering. Now, they're desperate to somehow tie Petraeus to Benghazi because....well, why not? Benghazi is obviously a coverup, and Petraeus obviously must have known about it, and therefore (obviously) Eric Holder must have been ordered to dig up some dirt that would keep him on a tight leash. It's the murder of Vince Foster all over again.

When do the adults in the Republican Party take a stand against this insanity? Wouldn't now be a pretty good time?

on November 12,2012 | 08:07AM
tiki886 wrote:
You brought up good questions that need to be answered since the facts are: 4 people were murdered and one was our US AMBASSADOR! Was it a coverup of an insidious operation or gross incompetence?
on November 12,2012 | 12:22PM
fbiguy wrote:
This whole affair brings new meaning to the title of Broadwell's book on Patraeus, "All In."
on November 12,2012 | 04:41AM
cojef wrote:
The book was written while the General was still in .the service. The last sentence of the article says it all, to avoid a messy court martial if the the General's infidelity occurred while he was in the service of the US. Could amount to a cover-up to protect his war record as he has been portrayed as a war hero until the exposé. A very sad episode on this General's exemplary military service.
on November 12,2012 | 05:09AM
false wrote:
Good one! Wasn't "Deep Throat" an operative?
on November 12,2012 | 06:58AM
allie wrote:
on November 12,2012 | 10:53AM
allie wrote:
He was a failed general but his ego got out of hand. Lesson: don't believe the hype about any official. Most of it is made up. This entire sleazy story is embarrassing.
on November 12,2012 | 10:53AM
Pocho wrote:
Don't know how women could vote for Democrats
on November 12,2012 | 05:44AM
Workingrl wrote:
What?? Petraeus is a Republican.
on November 12,2012 | 06:43AM
kahuku01 wrote:
Is this affair within the political arena something new or my God! this can't be true type of scenario? The way that this case has brewed an uproar in congress over FBI investigative tactics and the fact law makers weren't told soon enough about the probe and meanwhile, members of Congress said, "they want to know more details about the FBI investigation that revealed the extramarital affair. Many extramarital affairs has been going on within the political arena including from an ex-President down the chain of command and why should another one by admission and resigning and being aware that he has injured his family and lost one of the best jobs he ever had cause an uproar by congress? He's not the first or last within the political ring that had, will or have an affair and Congress's uproar is uncalled for especially when he finally realized the wrong and by admitting and resigning. I'm sure that many members of Congress wouldn't be able to cast the first stone because there's so much temptation in Wash DC while members of Congress spend a whole lot of time away from their families and home state. Petraeus has done and accomplished a lot for this country and his personal life should be left alone without any one speculating or getting in an uproar.
on November 12,2012 | 06:01AM
Workingrl wrote:
You forget that he was the head of the CIA. "Loose lips sink ships."
on November 12,2012 | 06:48AM
false wrote:
When do we allow the privacy of our personal lives, to be off the radar. Politicians should be allowed their indiscretions privately as long as they don't break the law. When the FBI determined that Broadwell did not have access to classified intelligence on November 2nd, they should have let it go. Raising the public defamation of an esteemed general, is tragic for such transient and temporal events. We need to ignore the media so that it stops sensationalization of a human inadequacy.
on November 12,2012 | 07:04AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Its a matter of personal integrity and trust!
on November 12,2012 | 07:44AM
tiki886 wrote:
You give up your privacy when you have access to national secrets and subject yourself to possible blackmail and extortion.
on November 12,2012 | 12:29PM
Workingrl wrote:
My, my, my. Petreaus is devastated over losing "one of the best jobs he's ever had. . " Wow, if he had kept his pants zipped he could still be in his job. No sympathy here.
on November 12,2012 | 06:46AM
Grimbold wrote:
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on November 12,2012 | 10:57AM
IAmSane wrote:
on November 12,2012 | 11:36AM
joewilly wrote:
Good example of the "small head thinking for the big head".
on November 12,2012 | 07:10AM
cojef wrote:
Wow! Alas, a crushing blow to a man's general who is not as strong as he has been portrayed to be. Weakness for the flesh has done in, many good fellows. She is good looking, couldn't blame him.
on November 12,2012 | 07:39AM
allie wrote:
He displayed terrible judgment. He was mainly an invention of the media anyway
on November 12,2012 | 10:54AM
jomama wrote:
As opposed to Allie, who is entirely an invention of the media.
on November 12,2012 | 05:43PM
kainalu wrote:
Really? An "uproar"? Come on, man! You bums haven't done anything in a term now, and there's an "uproar". smh.
on November 12,2012 | 07:13AM
fairgame947 wrote:
Remember that adage about you point one finger at someone, how many are pointing back at you? Congress needs to remember those four fingers - they'd had a few nefarious transgressions themselves. Geez! No excuses for any of them!
on November 12,2012 | 07:22AM
false wrote:
Exactly! Why can't they get down to the real business of the Country, as in education, poverty, economics?
on November 12,2012 | 07:37AM
cojef wrote:
Congress always act the part of a naivete, although they have many agendae to hide.
on November 12,2012 | 07:41AM
tiki886 wrote:
You give up your privacy when you have access to national secrets and subject yourself to possible blackmail and extortion.
on November 12,2012 | 12:30PM
kgolfinghawaii wrote:
What cracks me up the most is "congress" being upset they weren't informed that about this while it was going on....Those idiots always want to be in the know because it reinforces their own idea of how important they are to the rest of us....lol. They are the most unimportant people on the planet in reality.
on November 12,2012 | 07:47AM
surfergirl808 wrote:
take his entire pension away, what a slime ball
on November 12,2012 | 08:15AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Distraction from Benghazi. More to come.
on November 12,2012 | 08:40AM
rrkriete wrote:
It is truly freakin amazing what sparks outcry to the bozos in Congress. I suspect this "outcry" is to let us know they are back from vacation so we think they are working. Dumb idea put forth by dummies. Re Tiki's comment; it is my understanding that da Broad graduated from West Point.
on November 12,2012 | 08:44AM
tiki886 wrote:
It is also true that anyone who has access to our nation's secrets, you give up your privacy when you subject yourself to possible blackmail and extortion.
on November 12,2012 | 12:33PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on November 12,2012 | 09:19AM
allie wrote:
terrible example for young ladies!
on November 12,2012 | 10:55AM
serious wrote:
It takes two to tango!!! The General in the service to the country done good. I have driven after a few drinks--never caught. He got caught with his trouses down. Clinton? Nelson Rockenfller? I could go on. There is a saying, never put in an email what you don't want published on the front pages of the NY Times.
on November 12,2012 | 11:13AM
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