FBI investigating Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell for ‘improper access to classified info’

Why yes, the Daily Beast did just publish “General David Petraeus’s Rules for Living” a few days ago. The author of the piece? Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell, whom NBC is reporting is being investigated by the FBI.

We’ve read the Daily Beast’s list of rules for living, and nothing seems improper there. Perhaps there’s quite a bit more to this “extramarital affair” which led to Petraeus’s resignation today.

Was Broadwell in a position to have access to Petraeus’s email?

Here’s a good question, although recent events show it’s not very clear just how closely the White House is paying attention to what’s going on with the CIA.

#Afghanistansucks Picture of Gen. Petraeus (left) with mistre... on Twitpic

ABC’s Jake Tapper is reporting that President Obama was told about the impending resignation yesterday.

They are questions that the press might ask, if they were ever given access to the president. NBC’s Chuck Todd whined earlier today that the press who attended the president’s statement on the economy today were kept well out of shouting distance.

Indeed, if the affair was uncovered in the process of a wider-ranging FBI investigation, there are so many more questions to be answered. Was there possible blackmail involved, or a security breach?


Newsmax is reporting that the FBI investigation uncovered thousands of emails between Petraeus and Broadwell which created a security threat.

However, an FBI source says the investigation began when American intelligence mistook an email Petraeus had sent to his girlfriend as a reference to corruption. Petraeus was commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan from July 4, 2010 until July 18, 2011.

The investigation began last spring, but the FBI then pored over his emails when he was stationed in Afghanistan.

The woman who was having an affair with Petraeus is a journalist who had been writing about him.

Given his top secret clearance and the fact that Petraeus is married, the FBI continued to investigate and intercept Petraeus’ email exchanges with the woman. The emails include sexually explicit references to such items as sex under a desk.

Such a relationship is a breach of top secret security requirements and could have compromised Petraeus.

At some point after Petraeus was sworn in as CIA director on Sept. 6, 2011, the woman broke up with him. However, Petraeus continued to pursue her, sending her thousands of emails over the last several months, raising even more questions about his judgment.


Breaking: CIA Director David Petraeus resigns; Could he be the next Benghazi scapegoat?; Update: Petraeus will not testify at Benghazi hearing

  • Tony0920

    Oh dear. Copied emails forwarded to x,y,z. Flash drives – “Just in case”. The plot thickens and the trail widens. This is Peter Graves stuff. I hope she had her thinking cap on while her #ladyparts were exposed.

  • $30423294

    Yes, dazzle them with a sexy love triangle.

    In the words of John Lennon — Working Class Hero:

    Keep them doped with
    sex and TV.

    Better yet, in the words of Dosteosveky’s Grand Inquisitor:

    Men need mystery,
    and authority.

    I’d say the Obama administration is scoring 100% on the Tyranny scale.

    These ingenious Stalinist bastards know how to entertain the masses.

    John Lennon thought (for a time, he later changed his mind) that conservatives were the dictators. He came to his senses and was conservative when he died. Sorry libs. Anyway…

    Now we know that Liberalism reaches its fruition in the most base and grotesque form of fraud and distraction.

  • IfYouHaveToAsk

    Bread and circuses.

  • Jack Deth

    This administration is going to throw anyone and everyone under the bus to protect at all costs the direct conduit to their newest best friend, the Muslim Brotherhood,

    Huma Abedin. The wife of Anthony Weiner and Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff.

    Connected to the Brotherhood (Which was on the State Department’s Terrorism Watch List. Until Obama took office) through her father and its CAIR clone, PR, front organization, the Muslim Sisterhood; through her mother.

    How in the name of God that woman received a security clearance is beyond me!

    • michael s

      What does an affair between the CIA head and an embedded reporter have to do with Huma Abedin .still on that Huma Abedin is a sleeper nonsense. Even Michelle bachmann backed off. Stop the racial profiling. Who’s been responsible for domestic terrorism and sabotage this yr. Guys that look like Tagg Romney.

      • Jack Deth

        Wah! Wah! Wah! Wah! Wah!

        Anyone hearing the annoying sound of Charlie Brown’s teacher and her Plumber’s Helper muted trombone in the background?

        Democrat strategy: 101 regarding hearings, inquiries and investigation.

        Confuse and obfuscate as much and often as possible. With expendable upper and lower tier personnel while quietly circling the wagons. Direct the media, well versed in liberal double standards to distract (Squirrel!) and draw attention away from the circled and protected party or parties.

        Give non answer answers while throwing out the Race Card as often as humanly possible. Claim or imply victimhood even more often.

        Gee… That last paragraph sounds eerily similar to your comment, Michael.

        • TundraThunder

          The POTUS and media really believe we’ll never catch onto them. They believe half of the populace won’t care and the other half doesn’t matter. New motto for the POTUS: “The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round”.

        • michael s

          you are purposely being deceptive. a white woman is being investigated by the FBI,yet you try to change the subject. you try to discredit an innocent non white woman in order to make a false link to an unrelated matter. yet you accuse me of confusion and obfuscation. you decided to bring up a brown woman,yet accuse me of playing the race card. this is to be expected.

          • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

            The matter, I believe, or at least the point he was trying to make, was the issue of security clearance, period. Exposing this ‘woman’s’ alleged exposure to sensitive materials, while covering up another woman’s access in light of her ‘colleagues’. Duh… I get it, and I’m a conservative. You don’t get it because… yeah.

            Funny, how Jack doesn’t describe nationality, yet you’re quick to label his comment racist. Typical Dim.

          • michael s

            i didn’t say jack described nationality. you also are purposely being deceptive. The FBI is correctly looking into an affair between 2 married people,that may have national security issues. The woman being investigated TRULY had access to the nations top spy. You conservatives are on a fishing expedition with Huma . All because Bachmann(who was silent on domestic terrorism when they looked like her sons) said so. I didn’t say jack’s comment was racist. i said he accused me of playing the race card. However it appears that jack deth is trying to defend a white woman,by throwing in Huma when that issue is done and never flourished. But i could be wrong.

  • scubaski00

    Huma gained security clearances for dazzling Hilary were her lady parts!!! Marriages of conveniences…the Clinton’s the obamas and the wieners!!

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Didn’t we get lectured all during the late 90s that a man in a position of power, having sex with a woman that’s not his wife, is no big deal as long as it doesn’t affect his job?

    • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

      Some would argue that the wife had the real power in that situation, but I’ll leave that alone for now. 😀

    • rbtpowell

      Yes we did, somewhat different reporting standards though……..Nevertheless, after seeing this “researchers” photo, it is abundantly clear, billy boy, should take notes on the General’s concubine selection technique.

  • Burt Zerker

    Yet the liberals thought that Clinton treating the White House like a bordello was OK. Clinton’s lying under oath was completely ‘understandable’ and no big deal.
    Democrats all hypocrites and liars.

    • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

      They are alternately outraged by or accepting of whatever the offense is, according to what is convenient for their current situation.

      With the media in their pocket, it’s not hard to do.

      • Burt Zerker

        What is going on right now in Washington and particularly in regards to the press is beyond bizarre. This is an event horizon, the sooner we understand that, the better. This hash should have been settled long ago. Just proves that you can not compromise with socialists.

        • http://www.iranaware.com/ American Infidels

          dont say hash man..them ronbots will find you

          • Burt Zerker

            There was a time when hash was just hash,… A lid was a hat, and a dime bag, was asst candy. they even managed to subvert the language.

  • lillymckim

    Broadwell was “embedded” with Petraeus in Afghanistan? Brings new meaning to the word embedded.

  • Pontiac Pete

    The book is titled “All In”.

    Come on, this is great stuff.

    • Canadian in USA

      Are you saying it’s a “Big F—-n Deal”? :)

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        He’s ‘got a big stick’.

  • Michelle Blackwell

    Harvard researcher. Thought she’d be a little smarter about messing around with the director of the CIA. Is she a spy for another country? Uh oh. This could get nasty.

    • michael s

      no paula broadwell is a white woman. don’t you know the only sleeper in this country is Huma Abedin. don’t you know that without evidence Huma is a MB spy. Its interesting michelle bachmann isn’t casting negativity on ms broadwell. oh i forgot if michelle bachmann had a daughter she’d look like paula broadwell. maybe i’m wrong.

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    Maybe Petraeus was under the desk during Benghazi. “Checked his office, sir, no sign of him.”


    Join us tomorrow for part 2 of CIA:Crazy and irresponsible administration”. A lifetime original.directed by spike lee and edited by bill ayers.

  • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

    Just an idea. Call me a conspiratard if you want. 😛

    1. I think they knew, everyone did, about the affair.
    2. I think Petraeus was asked/forced/pushed/whatever into pushing the video story on Sept. 14 by someone… possibly Prez or maybe Panetta or someone else. They may or may not have used the affair as leverage.
    3. Somewhere in between, Petraeus realized how screwed he was.
    4. He decided his action: Wait for election. Romney win = no action; leave position at end of term; if investigation happens, it happens. Obama win = resign using affair as excuse.

    Not sure about whether he will lawyer up, but I think he wants to come clean.

  • ember

    OMGosh! O and his cronies really think life is like a soap opera. Like we don’t have enough brain cells to figure out the manipulations that are going on.

  • Colonel_Bat_Guano

    I’m just wondering how long it will be before we have a “suicide” associated with this mess? People wonder where conspiracy theories come from, this is like a cheap movie plot.