Petraeus Mistress: I Had Access to State Secrets
Paula Broadwell may have leaked classified info in speech
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 12, 2012 6:25 AM CST
In the frame grab from C-SPAN Book TV video taken Feb. 6, 2012, author Paula Broadwell speaks to an audience at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington.   (AP Photo/C-SPAN Book TV)

(Newser) – David Petraeus' biographer and mistress says she had inside information on CIA activities—a piece of which she may have revealed in a speech last month. In a panel chat this summer, she said she would "sit in on high level meetings with General Petraeus" during which she'd "listen to classified chatter of terrorist talk and so forth," Politico reports. And in its probe into the affair, the FBI found classified information on Paula Broadwell's computer, which she'd voluntarily handed over. But Petraeus said he hadn't provided her with the documents, and the bureau concluded he hadn't violated any laws, reports the New York Times.

Regardless of where she obtained the information, it appears she may have leaked some of it. In a University of Denver speech last month, Broadwell said the attack on Benghazi may have been an effort to retrieve three militia members who'd been taken prisoner. "Now, I don’t know if a lot of you heard this," she said, "but the CIA annex had ... taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back." Fox News had earlier reported that the annex—separate from the attacked consulate—had held the prisoners, a story Fox today confirms via a "well-placed Washington source." The CIA, however, tells the Daily Beast that "any suggestion that the Agency is still in the detention business is uninformed and baseless." Broadwell may simply have been misremembering the details of the Fox report, the Beast notes.

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Nov 12, 2012 8:45 PM CST
this dumbazz paula is just to dumb to know she was used by her arab girl friend jill kelley and kelleys arab pop john khawam! abu arab won this round big time. sad very sad! hey potus fubo!
Nov 12, 2012 2:35 PM CST
If it wasn't General Petraeus who gave her the documents, then who??? No one else was sleeping with her, and she also didn't have anyone else there helping her with her book. General Petraeus needs to be held responsible for jeopardizing our national security and secrets. Paula Broadwell had not been authorized for security clearance at that level, so General Petraeus clearly violated rules and laws. Who else do you think gave Paula Broadwell permission to be in those meetings if not General Petraeus??? WHO?? It had to be General Petraeus, that was her only connection. She should not have been in those meetings, and again, General Petraeus brokes rules and laws and should be held accountable. We cannot have Dirrectors of the CIA or even people with national security clearance spill secrets and threaten our national security at the first chance of getting laid. What if she was a spy and sent those secrets to another country?? The first thing spies try to do is seduce their way to access, and she succeeded. If that doesn't expose cracks in the system, then perhaps there are no cracks and there is simply one bad apple... General Petraeus! General Petraeus needs to be stripped of his rank. He needs to lose his pension and get a dishonorable discharge. There is no difference between him and Private Manning. Why is Petraeus getting off easy?
Nov 12, 2012 12:46 PM CST
What a couple of idiots. All this trouble over a piece of ass.