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Petraeus Scandal Started with FBI Probe Into Emails

Holly Knowlton Petraeus holding the family bible as her husband David Petraeus is sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden as CIA Director, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, September 6, 2011.
Holly Knowlton Petraeus holding the family bible as her husband David Petraeus is sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden as CIA Director, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, September 6, 2011.
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A U.S. media report says the scandal that led Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus to resign because of an extramarital affair began with an FBI investigation into harassing emails.

The Washington Post newspaper reports a woman complained to the FBI that author Paula Broadwell --  Petraeus's biographer -- was sending her harassing emails.  The woman was also close to Petraeus.

In the course of the investigation, FBI agents discovered that Petraeus and Broadwell were having an affair.  The FBI questioned Petraeus, fearing possible blackmail or a security breach.  With his affair no longer a secret, Petraeus felt he had to resign.

The general did not disclose any names.  There has been no comment from Broadwell.

CBSNewsOnline interview with Paula Broadwell


Additionally, the FBI has not named the second woman, the nature of her relationship with Petraeus, or the content of the allegedly harassing Broadwell emails.

Petraeus, a retired four-star general, wrote in his resignation letter that he showed "extremely poor judgment" and that such behavior is unacceptable in a leader.

President Barack Obama, who accepted Petraeus' resignation, said that through a lifetime of service in the military and as American intelligence chief, the general has made the country safer and stronger.

Before taking over as CIA chief last year, General Petraeus was commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq from February 2007 to September 2008.  He is widely credited with turning around the Iraq conflict and pulling the country back from the brink of a full-fledged sectarian war.  He took over command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan in July 2010 and oversaw the surge against the Taliban.

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by: Nicola Weaver from: NYC
November 11, 2012 10:36 AM
I am just as worried about this, which is breaking right now:
http://www.expendable.tv/2011/10/exhibit-mutual-assistance-request.html

What exactly did the CIA tell the Australians to do? Did they know that the Australians were suppressing the evidential proof of her innocence? Did they know about the absolutely security disaster across Australian airports (residual still there)?

These are surely fundamental questions,of both integrity and ethics, given that she is now seriously ill in jail.

With the current developments with Petraeus, I hope they are not pushed under the carpet. This HAS to be investigated and reported.

by: Anonymous
November 10, 2012 10:59 PM
I got out of Islamic Republic of Iran, hoping in the U.S. people have a more protected privacy. I guess I was totally wrong.

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