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Petraeus Resignation, It Appears That Paula Broadwell Was His Mistress

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I have been waiting to let this story kind of develop before posting on it and it now appears via a reader tip that Petraeus’ mistress that caused his resignation was his biographer Paula Broadwell:

CIA Director David Petraeus dramatically resigned today after allegedly having an affair with his biographer.

The alleged affair was uncovered after the FBI launched an investigation into the biographer, Paula Broadwell, for allegedly hacking into the former general’s email, NBC News and Slate reported.

Broadwell, who researched the book ‘All In’ for three years, had extensive access to Petraeus in Afghanistan. Yet sources told NBC it is unlikely she will face criminal charges after the alleged hacking, stressing that Petraeus himself is under no investigation.

Petraeus stepped down today after confessing to cheating on his wife of 37 years, Holly – behaviour he explained was ‘unacceptable’ for a senior administration official.  [Daily Mail]

This news I found to be extremely surprising initially, but when you think about it this guy has been away from his wife for years over the past decade due to his multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  During that time who knows what the situation with his wife became like at home.  What surprises me more than anything is that he allegedly was carrying on this affair while deployed.  It just seems like a very risky thing to be doing while deployed because it is easy to get the rumor mill started on deployment as a leader since all eyes are on you.

Something else that is surprising is that he allegedly was sending her e-mails detailing their encounters on a government computer.  The FBI was supposedly investigating Broadwell for hacking Petraeus’ e-mail when they uncovered the affair. The rumor mill is that she was trying to get access to information using Petraeus’ account.  So it may be she had classified SIPR network access and some how got Petraeus’ log in info?

Broadwell is friends with Thomas Ricks from CNAS and provided postings like this on his blog that shows that she was allowed to post sensitive pictures from Afghanistan. Anyway Ricks recently posted that a source at the White House told him that President Obama tried to get him to stay at the CIA despite the affair but Petraeus insisted on leaving.  Since the affair supposedly happened while on active duty I have read talk about him facing a court martial for adultery.  Something else that complicates things is that Broadwell is a reserve Major so would the affair be an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate?  This is something the JAG people would need to figure out, but I doubt anything will happen legally since Petraeus has been retired for over a year.

I do have to wonder if Petraeus felt the FBI was going to leak about his affair?  Why else disclose in the resignation letter the affair?  He could have just simply stepped down citing that he was wore out from public service and wanted to spend more time at home.  I think people would have understood that, but for some reason he felt he had to disclose the affair.  The timing though of the resignation is feeding into Benghazi conspiracy theories which I think had nothing to do with the resignation. I guess we will see what surfaces in the next few days.

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  • guitard
    10:38 am on November 10th, 2012 1

    The trouble he gets in for the affair might pale in comparison to allowing Broadwell access to his classified email – assuming that 1) it was his classified email account and 2) that he allowed her access to the account.

  • Sonagi
    10:49 am on November 10th, 2012 2

    Did some high school kid photoshop that picture of a fit, attractive woman into a Barbie hourglass with weird coat lines? Besides the fact that Petraeus was deployed for long periods, there’s also a gap in sexual attractiveness between the general and his longtime spouse. Petraeus is no hottie, but he is lean and fit and has a high profile job that is magnetic to young, ambitious women like Broadwell. If Molly Petraeus looked like Ann Romney, it’s possible her husband still might have carried on a torrid affair to relieve loneliness while overseas, for variety, for vanity, or some other reason. Men with beautiful wives cheat, too. Nevertheless, as soon as I saw photos of the mistress and the wife, I understood. What is puzzling is why Broadwell would jeopardize her marriage to an attractive, successful man who is the father of her chuldren and young enough to still run alongside her 20 years from now? If she was unhappy in the marriage, why not separate and free him to date others, too?

    Anyway, I am a little suspicious about the timing of the resignation. Can anyone clarify whether or not Congress is empowered to call Petraeus to testify regarding a national security violation that resulted in the deaths of four American government employees?

  • Sonagi
    10:58 am on November 10th, 2012 3

    Love that photo in the middle of the DM link showing her dressed in black knitwear and a camo vest, striking a model’s pose with one leg forward while standing next to a soldier. Vanity, thy name is woman.

  • JoeC
    11:58 am on November 10th, 2012 4

    If he had chosen to step down now, just after the election, without giving a good reason why, he would have added more fuel to the rumor mill that he was being thrown under the bus for Benghazi. I believe he was due to testify about what the Agency did or did not do in Benghazi. Now, his second will testify in his place.

    Earlier, I posted a link to a video of her appearance on The Daily Show. There is actually a longer version of that video where, at the end, she has a push-ups contest between herself, Jon Stewart and her husband. She is very impressed with herself.

  • tom langley
    12:04 pm on November 10th, 2012 5

    I would like to know how long the Obama administration knew about this affair. It is very suspicious that Director Petraeus resigned right before he was supposed to testify before Congress about Benghazigate. A subordinate is going to testify now. There have been a number of stories about flag officers having affairs. I don’t know if it is the nation’s morals going to the pits or if it is just easier to find these things out because of e-mail, etc. If the Obama administration knew about this when Patraeus was still on active duty obviously they had some potential major control on him. David Petraeus has served the nation honorably & well so it is a shame that his career has to end like this. Petraeus was obviously thinking with the wrong head. If he gave this woman access to his e-mail account & classified information then he is foxtroted.

  • Bobby Ray
    12:35 pm on November 10th, 2012 6

    What the heck kind of deal is this? The CIA cant keep an affair secret? My oh my the CIA sure has gone downhill.

    Anyhoo this dont make no kind of sense. Did she hack his classified email or did he give her access? Somebody needs to be going to jail over that. And if he was seeing that gal while he was active duty, he needs to get the same punishment that he dished out to all them other guys that got caught on his watch.

  • Setnaffa
    12:53 pm on November 10th, 2012 7

    I would have thought a 4-star General could do a lot better than that… Maybe he spent too much time around WJC…

  • Bill Purcell
    1:02 pm on November 10th, 2012 8

    What a pity some of the British MP’s when they have xtra marital affairs do not follow the same path as Patraeus!.

  • Sonagi
    1:03 pm on November 10th, 2012 9

    “The beginning of the end came for CIA Director David Petraeus when Paula Broadwell, a younger married woman with whom he was having an affair, “or someone close to her had sought access to his email,” according to the Wall Street Journal’s description of an FBI probe. Associates of Petraeus had received “anonymous harassing emails” that were then traced to Broadwell, ABC’s Martha Raddatz reported, suggesting she may have found their names or addresses in his e-mail.
    The e-mail account was apparently Petraeus’s personal Gmail, not his official CIA e-mail, according to the Wall Street Journal. That’s a big deal: Some of the most powerful foreign spy agencies in the world would love to have an opening, however small, into the personal e-mail account of the man who runs the United States’ spy service. The information could have proved of enormous value to foreign hackers, who already maintain a near-constant effort to access sensitive U.S. data.”

    Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/11/10/why-david-petraeuss-gmail-account-is-a-national-security-issue/

    Double yikes. First, did he actually let her have access to his account or did she figure out his password? Second, did she really send out anonymous harassing emails to his friends? This scandal has the makings of a TV movie.

  • Setnaffa
    1:11 pm on November 10th, 2012 10

    The guy spent over 35 years developing a brilliant military career shaping up to making him one of America’s top ten wartime generals (G. Washington, A. Jackson, U. Grant, J. Pershing, D. Eisenhower, D. MacArthur, O. Bradley, G. Patton, etc.) and threw it away for a hag like that.

    He had to have known it could only end badly. :x

  • Setnaffa
    1:13 pm on November 10th, 2012 11

    Contagious? http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/11/09/lockheed-martin-exec-who-followed-admin-lead-on-warn-act-resigns-due-to-affair/

  • Bobby Ray
    1:17 pm on November 10th, 2012 12

    Now don’t you have to win a war to be a top wartime general?

  • Chris In Dallas
    1:35 pm on November 10th, 2012 13

    “Since the affair supposedly happened while on active duty I have read talk about him facing a court martial for adultery. Something else that complicates things is that Broadwell is a reserve Major so would the affair be an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate? This is something the JAG people would need to figure out, but I doubt anything will happen legally since Petraeus has been retired for over a year.”

    David Petraeus would have to be brought back on active duty for a court-martial. Don’t see that happening, especially for adultery.

    As a reservist, Broadwell would have had to have been on active duty during the fling for UCMJ action to be relevant.

  • Sonagi
    1:37 pm on November 10th, 2012 14

    The leaks keep coming. Broadwell is alleged to have sent “threatening” emails to only one person in Petraeus’ gmail address book – a woman who was “close to him.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-probe-of-petraeus-triggered-by-e-mail-threats-from-biographer-officials-say/2012/11/10/d2fc52de-2b68-11e2-bab2-eda299503684_story.html?hpid=z1

  • Bobby Ray
    2:06 pm on November 10th, 2012 15

    Its starting to look like that old boy had more than one gal on the line.

  • JoeC
    2:16 pm on November 10th, 2012 16

    Affairs always start to unravel when one or both persons get too clingy and possessive.

    That’s the number one reason for legalizing prostitution. Hit it. Quit it. Then go your separate ways.

  • Liz
    3:20 pm on November 10th, 2012 17

    Does anyone else find the title of her book more than a little tasteless in light of this event? It’s a double entendre.

  • JoeC
    3:33 pm on November 10th, 2012 18

    #17

    Yup.

  • JoeC
    3:49 pm on November 10th, 2012 19

    More gossipy stuff.

    There is speculation that this message [the second message] to the New York Times’ Ethicist column was from the mistress’s husband.

  • Setnaffa
    4:28 pm on November 10th, 2012 20

    BTW, this is a lesson for every man and woman in a position of authority. Don’t be alone with anyone of the opposite gender unless you’re married to them. And double-check the same gender types, too. These days there are a lot of folks looking to cash in on something like this. She’ll probably write another book and sell a script to HBO or Showtime.

  • Liz
    4:35 pm on November 10th, 2012 21

    #20 she could just use this one and ad an addendum. I’m sure the news will help her books sales (unfortunately).

    I think she does have a future in the cinema though. As the sheriff of cuntingham.

  • RonMan
    6:38 pm on November 10th, 2012 22

    The great general stepped on a mine, the most dangerous kind… woman.

  • Leon LaPorte
    7:12 pm on November 10th, 2012 23

    Once again a man in trouble who over the years likely punished many individuals for doing the exact same thing.

    It won’t affect him but we should remove the outdated adultery statutes from the UCMJ. We should also as a society grow up and realize people like to f@ck. The Europeans are laughing at us.

  • JoeC
    8:19 pm on November 10th, 2012 24

    #23

    I’ll drink to that.

  • tbonetylr
    8:23 pm on November 10th, 2012 25

    # 17,
    Who cares about that book, I want to read her next book :cool:

  • Teadrinker
    9:46 pm on November 10th, 2012 26

    ” The timing though of the resignation is feeding into Benghazi conspiracy theories which I think had nothing to do with the resignation.”

    What a joke. A clear attempt by Republicans to deflect attention away from 9/11 and the fact Obama got Bin Laden and many of his cronies when they try to convince you that he isn’t doing a poor job of protecting your borders against your enemies, real or imagined.

  • Teadrinker
    9:51 pm on November 10th, 2012 27

    Correction…when they try to convince you that he is doing a poor job…In any case, the Republicans have to stop trying to find excuses for Romney’s loss. No, it’s not because dark skinned people didn’t vote for Romney (what about young women? He didn’t corner that demographic at all either (yeah, your uterus are safe for 4 more years)). No, Romney lost because the Republican party has become radicalized. There’s something inherently wrong when politicians in a Western country, and not just some whackjob political party either, but a leading one, think nothing of saying that if a woman gets raped, it’s because God intended it to happen.

  • Teadrinker
    9:53 pm on November 10th, 2012 28

    “Anyway Ricks recently posted that a source at the White House told him that President Obama tried to get him to stay at the CIA despite the affair but Petraeus insisted on leaving.”

    In other words, Obama is a nice guy and this affair is just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Hot Stuff
    10:57 pm on November 10th, 2012 29

    Should Mrs. Petraeus decide to divorce her husband, she should do quite well with half of their assets, and 50% of his military pension. :evil:

  • Fuddpucker
    12:12 am on November 11th, 2012 30

    It’s funny how all these military leaders preach “honesty and integrity” to the troops but they don’t practice what they preach at all.

    He could have divorced his wife and had all the fun in the world but noooooooo!!!!!

  • Vince
    12:15 am on November 11th, 2012 31

    27

    Both parties have moved further away from the center. The center itself is pretty rotten, though.

    Americans have gotten that for which they have asked. It should be fascinating to watch.

  • Teadrinker
    2:21 am on November 11th, 2012 32

    #31,

    Yes, but I think the Democrats will move closer to the centre for two reasons: 1) he won by a landslide, which suggests a considerable proportion of the electorate rejects Republican radicalism, and 2) he doesn’t have to worry about the consequences of only serving a single term as the first member of a visible minority to serve office as the President of the US (He was well aware that a single term it would have been abused by those who feel threatened by multiculturalism (i.e. racist white folk). It would have been used by these people as another pretext to discriminate based on race).

  • Teadrinker
    2:24 am on November 11th, 2012 33

    #30,

    What do you think Kissinger really meant when he said power is the ultimate aphrodisiac?

  • guitard
    2:34 am on November 11th, 2012 34

    Teadrinker wrote:

    I think the Democrats will move closer to the centre for two reasons: 1) he won by a landslide

    61,814,180 to 58,586,318 is a landslide?

  • Teadrinker
    2:50 am on November 11th, 2012 35

    #34,

    332 to 206 is a landslide. Remember, Faux News own polls (yes, their own polls) had the race tight. More Republicans need to realize that these supposed conservative media, the ones who rile about the “mainstream media” every chance they get, are manipulating them.

  • Teadrinker
    2:58 am on November 11th, 2012 36

    PS. Interesting fact about the Boston Tea Party, one more reason to snicker at the Teabaggers: they threw tea overboard because they didn’t care about tea. The protest was about taxes which affected the price of rum. Sounds silly, but people drank a lot of booze back then since water wasn’t always potable.

  • Hot Stuff
    3:01 am on November 11th, 2012 37

    #34, beat me to it. On what planet is winning 50 percent of the popular vote a Landslide? Teadrinker’s like those people who think Obama’s narrow victory constitutes a “mandate”, even though nearly half the nation’s voters rejected the Democrat platform.

  • Teadrinker
    3:18 am on November 11th, 2012 38

    #37,

    Keep living in denial. 332 to 206 is a landslide.

  • Scientist
    3:30 am on November 11th, 2012 39

    In 1980, Ronald Regan beat Jimmy Carter with a 9.74% margin and 50.75% of the popular vote. The Left swears this was not a landslide.

    In 2012, Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney with a 2.7% margin and 50.6% of the popular vote. The Left swears this was a landslide.

    It can’t be had both ways.

  • Leon LaPorte
    3:37 am on November 11th, 2012 40

    I’m wondering how many of those voters were voting for the republican platform versus the number voting against the black guy.

  • Teadrinker
    4:14 am on November 11th, 2012 41

    #39,

    You’re bringing up Reagan and Carter? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Breathe :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Teadrinker
    4:16 am on November 11th, 2012 42

    …Aww, f it. Just because you gave me such a good laugh, here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_surprise_conspiracy_theory

  • Teadrinker
    4:28 am on November 11th, 2012 43

    …Seems pertinent right now given Ben Affleck’s rewriting of history with his film, Argo, which unwittingly downplays Canada’s and the Canadian Ambassador’s involvement in the escape of American diplomats from Iran since the film is was based on the account of a single person (not to belittle his own involvement, but Ken Taylor was running the show). It’s called the Canadian Caper, for heaven’s sake!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Caper

  • guitard
    6:54 am on November 11th, 2012 44

    Teadrinker: he won by a landslide, which suggests a considerable proportion of the electorate rejects Republican radicalism

    guitard: 61,814,180 to 58,586,318 is a landslide?

    Teadrinker: 332 to 206 is a landslide

    You clearly made reference in your original post to the “electorate.”

    Definition of electorate according to dictionary.com: “the body of persons entitled to vote in an election.”

    You do understand that votes cast by the “electorate” are represented as the popular vote – which is something totally different than the votes cast by the “electoral college” . . . right?

    Since it appears that you are having difficulty grasping the concept of “electorate vs electoral college,” I’ll point out once again that the popular vote – represented by the electorate – was 61,814,180 to 58,586,318.

    I’m tempted to explain the concept of “electoral college” . . . but it looks like it will be too difficult for you to comprehend . . .

  • tbonetylr
    7:47 am on November 11th, 2012 45

    HUSBAND,
    Is he behind this going public? Here’s Paula Broadwell talking up Mr. CIA on the “The Daily Show”…
    http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2012/11/paula-broadwell-talking-up-petraeus-from-the-%E2%80%9Cthe-daily-show%E2%80%9D-to-%E2%80%9Cthe-daily-beast%E2%80%9D-video/
    “My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership. (This might seem hyperbolic, but it is not an exaggeration.) I have met with him on several occasions, and he has been gracious. (I doubt if he is aware of my knowledge.) I have watched the affair intensify over the last year, and I have also benefited from his generosity. He is engaged in work that I am passionate about and is absolutely the right person for the job. I strongly feel that exposing the affair will create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort. My issue: Should I acknowledge this affair and finally force closure? Should I suffer in silence for the next year or two for a project I feel must succeed? Should I be “true to my heart” and walk away from the entire miserable situation and put the episode behind me?”

  • Liz
    8:12 am on November 11th, 2012 46

    #23: Regarding adultery statutes….very cosmopolitan of you.

    Adultery statutes exist in the military for the same reason fraternization statutes exist….because such relationships are potentially exploitive. It’s pretty hard on a unit when a person is pumping the spouse of a comrade or subordinate. EAnd consequences can be deadly for more than just the people involved when either or both might be placed in the position of covering that person’s back in combat.

  • Liz
    8:13 am on November 11th, 2012 47

    Just to add: Trust is lost, morale lost, et al when discovered. People have to be shifted around and moved and then money is lost. I’ve seen it happen many times.

  • Sonagi
    8:52 am on November 11th, 2012 48

    Do adultery statutes apply only to extramarital relations with another active military member or spouse or to any extramarital affair?

  • Liz
    9:04 am on November 11th, 2012 49

    There is a wide range of disciplinary discretion depending on the nature of the offense and its impact.

    In my experience, disciplinary action usually only occurs after the offender has already received a warning, promised to end the relationship, and then continued anyway.

  • Glans
    10:12 am on November 11th, 2012 50

    Sonagi, Congress can send a subpoena to whomever they want, even you.

  • Bobby Ray
    10:28 am on November 11th, 2012 51

    Now I went and read some of that England tabloid news and they sure is talking like this Petraeus fellow had more than one gal on the hook. This crazy broad thats in the news looks like she done hacked into his email account and threatened one of his other gals from his email.

    Now this here second gal must have thought this threat come from Petraeus hisself and she gets real scared so she gets on the horn to the FBI and they look into the whole deal. It dont take them long to realize they got some hankypanky going on. I bet dollars to doughnuts that FBI knows about some of them other gals too.

    Now old Obama done knew about this for a while and he planned to hold it over that Petraeus to get his way somehow so Petraeus done fesses up in public and quits the whole show rather than have that hanging over his head making him do things he dont necessarily want to do.

    Now I aint no kind of fan for a man cheating on his wife but I do understand not all them wives are created equal so I cant say for sure in this here case what the right course of action might be. But I do know that if a fellow wants to be a priest or general or something he got to give certain things up and resist certain temptations. I got no use for this Petraeus fellow after this. He aint some creep down at the end of the bar. He desired to control life and death and there he is. He fancies himself a leader and he had better lead. Cheating on his wife aint leadership and poking another mans wife sure as heck aint leadership. Anybody who gives this boy a pass ought to rethink their principles a tad.

  • JoeC
    10:35 am on November 11th, 2012 52

    #48

    The adultery statues in the UCMJ apply any extramarital affair. In practice, it it almost never used as the primary offense charge. It is usually tacked on as a charge after someone is already being prosecuted for more serious offenses.

    Even in cases of purely administrative punishment you will see the adultery charge associated with, as Liz points out, a charge for violating an official order for having “No Contact” with that other person.

    Yes, the military can order you who not to have a relationship with!

  • Setnaffa
    2:36 pm on November 11th, 2012 53

    @48, the actual text of the UCMJ is hyperlinked here: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/punitivearticles/a/mcm1342.htm

    I don’t think anyone could Court-Martial him as he was already retired; but he “did the right thing” (for America) by resigning, a sort of self-inflicted punishment (remember George H. W. Bush was CIA Director; but Petraeus has no more “public life” after this). As to how he reconciles with his wife, well, that’s between them and not any of our business

    @51, you’re a bit homespun; but taken together with the comments by Liz, your comments hit the mark.

    It’s all about trust. And if his own wife can’t trust him and his zipper, how can anyone else trust him with their life, career, or anything else?

    That doesn’t mean I’m any better–or even worthy to wipe the mud off his boots–just that trust once broken is pretty darn difficult to regain.

  • Sonagi
    2:49 pm on November 11th, 2012 54

    Daily Mail has outed the other woman, also married with children and described as having a “longstanding relationship” with the general. She also bears some resemblance to Broadwell.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231411/David-Petraeus-scandal-Jill-Kelley-revealed-woman-complained-FBI-Paula-Broadwell.html

  • Sonagi
    2:50 pm on November 11th, 2012 55

    Oops, according to the article, they had a “longstanding friendship.”

  • Leon LaPorte
    5:06 pm on November 11th, 2012 56

    The adultery statutes themselves are unnecessary and are there for puritanical reasons. Leadership sometimes abuses these rules. There are other ways to maintain unit morale and safety. A lawful order is one.

    As far as screwing around leading to someone becoming a traitor to their country? Get real. Yet another falsehood drilled into us. If anything Gen. Petraeus just proved he’s an honorable man despite enjoying some ass on the side.

    Finally, look at her. Lok at those eyes. Even though it may be fun, never stick your d1ck in crazy. Nothing good can come of it. If you must, ensure she doesn’t know your name or anything about you. After the business is done, get the hell out and never return!

  • Teadrinker
    6:12 pm on November 11th, 2012 57

    #44,

    So, I’m not American. I live in a country with a normal political system (a social democracy with parliamentary system)…So sorry for getting the wrong word…Still a landslide, though.

  • Teadrinker
    6:14 pm on November 11th, 2012 58

    …or rather, I’m the citizen of a country with a normal political system. Korean politics make no sense whatsoever.

  • guitard
    6:29 pm on November 11th, 2012 59

    Teadrinker: So sorry for getting the wrong word . . . Still a landslide, though.

    No – electorate was the appropriate word. You just don’t understand 1) how the word electorate relates to the popular vote and the electoral college; and 2) the meaning of a landslide vote. This is really astounding because these things are taught in elementary school in the United States.

  • OakSeed
    1:03 pm on November 12th, 2012 60

    “Comments on this post” have disappeared. What’s up with that?

  • Thomas Alan Langley
    2:11 pm on November 12th, 2012 61

    I read today that the FBI held off disclosing the investigation until 2 days after President Obama was reelected to avoid anything that might impact the election.  This is absolutely outrageous if true.

     

  • Glans
    10:22 am on December 18th, 2012 62

    Cyberstalking? Nah.

    BREAKING: Justice Department: Petraeus mistress won’t be charged with cyberstalking in scandal.

    It’s @AP.

  • Liz
    10:45 am on December 18th, 2012 63

    #62: No harm no foul then.

    I, for one, have been anxiously awaiting her next twitter about leadership and her “most important role in life” as a dedicated wife and mother.

 

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