FBI Probe Began With Broadwell's 'Harassing' Emails
Investigators only stumbled on her affair with Petraeus
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2012 1:50 PM CST
Davis Petraeus waves after an armed forces farewell tribute and retirement ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – The FBI's investigation into David Petraeus started because someone complained that Paula Broadwell—his biographer and alleged lover—had fired off "harassing" emails, an official tells the New York Times. The official didn't say who complained, but said it wasn't a government official or family member. A congressional official privy to insider details said he heard the FBI probe began with two women: "It didn’t start with Petraeus, but in the course of the investigation they stumbled across him," the official said. "We were stunned."

In probing Broadwell's emails, the FBI stumbled on exchanges with Petraeus that proved they were having a fling. That set off alarm bells "on larger security issues," said the government official—but the FBI found no wider security breach stemming from Petraeus' use of a personal email account to write Broadwell. What's more, there was no wider conspiracy afoot: "People think that because it’s the CIA director, it must involve bigger issues," the official said. "Think of a small circle of people who know each other." (Read more about Petraeus' resignation or a letter written to an advice columnist—possibly by Broadwell's husband.)

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HANKHILL
Nov 11, 2012 8:44 AM CST
"harassing" is her ass really that good? guess the gen thought so.
pg13
Nov 10, 2012 7:20 PM CST
I've got a picture of the real narrative here. She wanted the General for herself. She made threatening emails to another woman. The other woman reported the emails to the FBI. She threatened the other woman because she knows the General is easy to snag, and she didn't want to lose him. So on one hand, she's arrogantly tossing out threats without worry of being caught, and on the other hand she's paranoid she'll lose her biggest trophy. Thus her downfall and disgrace. Reminds me of Dangerous Liaisons.
AESOP9_11
Nov 10, 2012 7:09 PM CST
he is an ass that is only sorry that he has been caught. She is a slut looking for a payday