Was Former CIA Director Petraeus' Alleged Mistress Accessing His Emails?

Author: Steve Woods
Published: November 09, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Surprising many today, CIA Director General David Petraeus abruptly resigned his post and admitted that he had been having an extramarital affair. In a letter to his staff, Petraeus wrote:

"Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA. 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."

A post at political blog Slate states that sources say President Obama fought over the decision for a full day before deciding to accept Petraeus' resignation. But things aren't stopping there.

Had this been most other public officials, one might leave it at that. Petraeus is one of a long line of leaders who have strayed from the marital path and have made the personal decision to leave their post. Because of Petraeus' top sensitive national security position, however, it's important to ask just how far things went with his alleged mistress — with regard to our nation's ultra-confidential information, that is.

So who is the alleged mistress, and how far did things go?

According to law enforcement officials who spoke with NBC News, the woman at the heart of Petraeus' failings is alleged to be none other than his biographer, Paula Broadwell (photo above with Petraeus), who co-wrote his life story, "All In". And things might have gone a little too far, as NBC News has reported that Broadwell is being investigated by the FBI for having accessed the former CIA Director's emails.

This, of course, is pretty severe of a transgression, if proven to be be true. Broadwell is more than a writer — she is an Army veteran and national security analyst. A graduate of West Point and a research associate at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership. Which means she certainly would have known better than to dig through the email account of the man who has access, on a daily basis, to our Nation's deepest, darkest secrets.

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