Petraeus Biographer at Center of Scandal
Slate names Paula Broadwell in affair; FBI investigating her over email
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2012 6:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – The DC press corps is scrambling to fill in the pieces regarding the bombshell resignation of CIA chief David Petraeus, and Fred Kaplan at Slate cuts to the chase: "The woman with whom Gen. David Petraeus was having an affair is Paula Broadwell, the author of a recent hagiographic book about him, All In: The Education of David Petraeus." Kaplan doesn't name his sources but says rumors have been flying for a while. Read his full post here.

NBC, meanwhile, reports that Broadwell is under FBI investigation for trying to get into Petraeus' email account, though that investigation isn't expected to result in criminal charges. And the AP notes that the affair came to light during an FBI investigation, presumably the one NBC is talking about, though it doesn't specify. The Washington Post says a "stunned" President Obama had only one night to process the news before accepting the resignation.

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Reader55549798
Nov 10, 2012 4:11 PM CST
He's doing the proper thing and it's fascinating to read all the 'moral' sorts saying he didn't do anything worth resigning over. They just won't get it. It's too bad for him and I hope he can salvage his reputation in time, if it's possible. Obviously, with his biographer, he was 'All In'. She will have the retirement fund to fall back on of her next book she will write about how she wasn't at fault for his affair, I'm betting.
InferiorToYou
Nov 10, 2012 10:09 AM CST
"Petraeus Taps Biographer for New Concubine" Why should he resign over this? She is not even a government employee, so how is it anyone's business? Do people even realize the sort of immoral, or amoral work the CIA does?
arizonachris
Nov 10, 2012 9:56 AM CST
At least he could have picked a better looking broad to have an affair with! Ugh! Damn sorry to lose a brilliant man because of this "indescretion"