Emails from paramour led to FBI probe

Emails from paramour led to FBI probe

Cebu : Philippines | Nov 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM PST
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Skooter reports 11/11/12

What eventually led the FBI to discover the affair that brought down CIA Director David Petraeus started with harassing emails sent by his biographer and paramour, Paula Broadwell to another woman, U.S. officials told the Associated Press on Saturday. After admitting an extramarital relationship, Petraeus resigned Friday.

The FBI investigation began several months ago with a complaint against Broadwell, a 40-year-old graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and an Army Reserve officer. That search led agents to her email account, which revealed the relationship with the 60-year-old retired four-star general, who is renowned for his leadership of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The identification of the other woman and her link with Broadwell were unclear.

The emails he exchanged with Broadwell raised fears the possibility of a security violation, so the FBI brought the matter up with Petraeus personally, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation. The CIA director was approached by the FBI because his emails in issue were in most cases sent from a personal account, not his CIA one.

The retired four-star general decided to quit, ending a high-profile career suddenly that might have ended with a run for the presidency, a view he was believed to be considering. Petraeus handed over his resignation letter to the president on Thursday, shocking many in the White House, the CIA and Congress.

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In this Jan. 15, 2012 photo, Paula Broadwell, author of the David Petraeus biography "All In," poses for photos in Charlotte, N.C.
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  • In this Jan. 15, 2012 photo, Paula Broadwell, author of the David Petraeus biography "All In," poses for photos in Charlotte, N.C.


  • In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, former Commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Gen. Davis Petraeus, standing with his wife


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