Gen. Petraeus resigns as CIA director over affair: Mystery woman identity revealed
According to CNN, the identity of the mystery woman at the center of the cheating scandal has been revealed. She is reportedly biographer Paula Broadwell.
Broadwell, who is 22 years younger than Petraeus, co-authored the NY Times bestselling book on the general called "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus" and spent a year with him in Afghanistan interviewing him. The book was part of her dissertation.
The married mother of two is an accomplished woman, who attended the prestigious Harvard and Westpoint.
Check her out in the above video and click the link below at The Business Insider to see her appearance on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show: The Daily Show Interview With David Petraeus' Biographer.
The FBI reportedly started investigating her after the book revealed certain classified information it shouldn't have.
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UPDATE: CNN is now reporting that an FBI probe was underway into General Petraeus's affair prior to his resignation. Concerns of potential blackmail or other security dangers Petraeus could have exposed himself to, are being looked into. Not much is known on who the mystery woman is at this time, but she not military personnel.
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, had this to say on the scandal, "People are going to say this is about Benghazi but that is absolutely false."
One thing is certain, this adds to the upheaval already underway for this new administration. President Obama is prepared for huge turn-overs in his cabinet--Timothy Geithner, Treasury Secretary, will be out after Obama's inauguration; Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham-Clinton has also expressed she will leave-- but he was not expecting this one. Who will step into the head chair at the CIA?
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Talk about scandal and intrigue—this shocker has just been reported a mere three days after the re-election of President Obama. The director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), four-star Gen. David Petraeus, submitted his resignation Friday because of an extramarital affair, CNN reports.
“After being married for 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment,” the highly decorated general wrote in a statement released to the press, adding, “Such behavior is unacceptable for a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours—this afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.”
Petraeus’ time at the helm of the agency was short; he was sworn in only about one year ago, in September 2011, before which he was the top commander both in Iraq and Afghanistan.
No word from Mrs. Petraeus, who works with military families.
This sudden resignation, days after the election, is raising many questions:
For example, when did the Obama administration know about this surprising step-down? CNN is saying Petraeus called the president on Thursday.
Was it really an affair or is there more to the story?
Does it have anything to do with the attack on the US Consulate and the killings in Benghazi, Libya? Incidentally, there is a scheduled hearing for next week on the killings of ambassador Stevens and three others and Petraeus was supposed to be grilled as part of the investigation into what happened. But after the president won, one would think such drastic collateral damage as the General resigning, would not be necessary.
Why does a highly decorated general held in esteem by his peers and the president make such a mistake?
Why did he resign over something as low-brow in terms of political severity as an affair? Afterall, affairs are as commonplace in Washington political power circles as there are pencils in a classroom.
Who was the affair with? Was it someone who compromised the security of this country—seeing as Petraeus has the highest of security clearances and is privy to the top military secrets of the U.S?
The questions are endless, and only lead to more questions. I sense a deep mystery so if I get any of the answers to the above queries, I will surely bring them to you ASAP.