Did Petraeus Tell Staff to Hand Over Classified Info?
Probe reviewing whether aides were told to give Broadwell the records
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2012 6:15 AM CST
Gen. Davis Petraeus, left, shakes hands with Paula Broadwell, co-author of his biography "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus."   (AP Photo/ISAF, File)

(Newser) – A new twist in the Petraeus-Broadwell saga. Federal investigators are now reviewing whether David Petraeus ordered his staff to hand his biographer-with-benefits classified information. The two have thus far maintained that Petraeus himself did not provide her with such info. But sources tell the Washington Post that Broadwell repeatedly asked for military records as she worked on her biography of Petraeus, and that his aides and other officials were instructed by him to give them to her.

Former aides were bugged by Broadwell's requests, telling the Post that they were both annoying and, at times, worrisome. And one former official says that even if Petraeus didn't give her the info, "he was allowing his name to be used," referring to Broadwell's assurance to staff members at the Kabul HQ of the International Security Assistance Force that Petraeus had given her the OK to see the classified material. But others say Broadwell may have simply taken classified info out of meetings she attended, noting that she likely wouldn't have been searched when exiting. The Post describes the material that was found in Broadwell’s possession as "sensitive but relatively benign," and mainly comprised of schedules and PowerPoint presentations marked "secret."

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Nov 22, 2012 10:09 PM CST
When information is classified, there are people who are authorized to release it. If a person who is authorized to release the information does so, it is no longer considered "classified." It's a kind of tricky situaion. If the general was authorized to release that information and he did so then she technically does not have "classified" information. Now ... you may want to check out HIS motivations and his judgement in the matter ...
Nov 22, 2012 11:20 AM CST
you bet he did!
Nov 22, 2012 8:30 AM CST
Look Petraeus is completely guilty here. I don't know why everyone is looking for an excuse to what he did and trying to cover up for him. He is no less guilty than Private Manning and Wikileaks. Even more guilty because the information that Petraeus gave was more sensitive and involving present day operations, where as Manning only released old cables. This is what happens when you put a General to direct the CIA when Generals are on absolute power trips since they are Colonels. An above all laws General cannot possibly be put into an unrestricted, unmonitored, and unaccountable organization with absolute no oversight while being unaccountable to anyone. This is why the Director of the CIA needs to be a civilian. Petraeus was the first General on that post, and it was Obama biggest mistake. Especially a republican out to get him.