Report suggests that Gmail probe by FBI unearthed Petraeus' affair

Report suggests that Gmail probe by FBI unearthed Petraeus' affair

Washington : DC : USA | Nov 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM PST
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With a surprising revelation that took all of Washington by storm, career soldier and American spy master David Petraeus handed in his resignation just days after President Barack Obama was re-elected. It was revealed by the CIA director that he was involved in an extramarital affair. The four-star general, after heading the US forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan, rose to become the head of the Central Intelligence Agency last year. However, after it was learned by the FBI that the general was having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, Mr. Petraeus was forced to step down, admitting that his behavior was unacceptable for one who was his country's spy chief.

Now it has been revealed that the affair itself was discovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after a probe into Mr. Petraeus' Gmail account to ascertain whether or not Mrs. Broadwell had access to it, as complaints had arisen that Mrs. Broadwell had harassed a woman using Mr. Petraeus’ Gmail account. According to sources speaking to the New York Times, the woman harassed is neither a Petreaus family member nor a part of the government, and it was believed that Mrs. Broadwell had somehow gained access to Mr. Petraeus' email account.

The latest reports have it that the investigation into Mrs. Broadwell had been launched several months ago, and she even met with Mr. Petraeus in this regard to discuss the investigation.

Following this, Mr. Petraeus decided to step down from his directorship, saying in a statement, "After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the president graciously accepted my resignation."

It has been revealed by senior Obama advisor David Axlerod that President Obama was aware of the investigation during his re-election campaign and that following the election, the former CIA director had come to the president offering his resignation. In accepting it, President Obama offered words of praise, saying, "By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger. Going forward, my thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work."

arkar is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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