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FBI probe of Petraeus triggered by e-mail
threats from biographer, officials say

Washington Post, by Sari Horwitz & Greg Miller

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 11/10/2012 3:12:52 PM

The collapse of the dazzling career of CIA Director David H. Petraeus was triggered when a woman with whom he was having an affair sent threatening e-mails to another woman close to him, according to three senior law enforcement officials with knowledge of the episode. The recipient of the e-mails was so frightened that she went to the FBI for protection and help tracking down the sender, according to the officials. The FBI investigation traced the threats to Paula Broadwell, a former military officer and a Petraeus biographer, and uncovered explicit e-mails between Broadwell and Petraeus,
Headline corrected by Staff

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Reply 1 - Posted by: mamafrog, 11/10/2012 3:21:17 PM     (No. 9005571)

Every new set of salacious details make this sound just a bit worse.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: pickle1, 11/10/2012 3:22:33 PM     (No. 9005572)

Someone has been watching to much TV. I would think the 3rd party would go to the General first. Doesn´t pass the smell test.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 11/10/2012 3:24:40 PM     (No. 9005583)

#2 I think the ´´third party´´ was (ahem) going to the general, and that´s what made Broadwell jealous.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lakerman1, 11/10/2012 3:25:52 PM     (No. 9005586)

I have this hunch that petraeus was dipping his wick into several oil lamps over the years...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/10/2012 3:28:01 PM     (No. 9005594)

The frightening emails may not have even mentioned the general. It seems quite logical that the recipient went to the FBI. The FBI investigation began with Broadwell and spread to Petraeus, not the other way around.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/10/2012 3:28:29 PM     (No. 9005596)

And the frightening emails may have gone to his wife.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/10/2012 3:40:53 PM     (No. 9005610)

I had a funny feeling jealousy was part of this,then I wondered why a woman would be jealous over general P who´s as mundane a character as you can get.But you know,jealousy leads to all kinds of phobias about the other person.

If you halfway follow this woman´s career,you´d think she´s a rock solid conservative as you can get. But her obsession with being the best,took on another characteristic of OCD when it came to the general.

This whole episode is really a shame,especially for the spouses involved.

I was saying to myself the other day that nothing surprises me anymore with Obama being president but I wasn´t expecting something like this.

The Drudgereport reads like a supermarket smear tabloid of 20 years ago but all the stuff is true now.How about a mailman walking around a dead body like nothings funny going on? A woman smothering her baby with a Koran.She´ll probably get off on a postpartum depression plea.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: JLoophole, 11/10/2012 3:42:12 PM     (No. 9005614)

A certain astronaut in diapers comes to mind.

Here´s a general who survived all kinds of danger and intrigue...and allows himself to be destroyed by ...that. Crazy.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lillehuset, 11/10/2012 3:44:19 PM     (No. 9005617)

I remember the first comments about Benghazi .....he tied the attack to the video ......I thought that doesn´t sound right...I was surprised......a military general thinking that´s the explanation ......also are we to believe that the President was not informed at any time that the chief of the intelligence agency was having issues.....serious issues.....Good Lord !....this is crazy.......the timing is not to be believed..........

General Petraeus please come forward and set the story straight......we are waiting........

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 11/10/2012 3:47:51 PM     (No. 9005623)

She was eye candy, twenty years younger than the General, and he abandoned all reason. Didn´t matter to him that this woman turned out to be a fruit bat, since he was gettin´ some.

This may have been somewhat of a setup, but I really don´t feel sorry for the parties involved. These honey trap situations have played out this way thoughout history, and there are still dumb schlubs who get stuck.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Bumblebee, 11/10/2012 4:27:27 PM     (No. 9005692)

I almost have sympathy for these middle aged men. It doesn´t matter their IQ their brain seems to undergo a certain psychosis at certain ages. A government study should be done. I´ll bet they would note changes in certain areas of their brains that are visible on MRI´s.

Maybe there could be a vaccine or shot of some kind [not fatal but appropriately aimed?] They probably have broken their family´s hearts.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: gagolfer, 11/10/2012 4:27:46 PM     (No. 9005693)

Power is a huge aphrodisiac. She was after Petraeus the minute she met him at a conference in 2006 and kept emailing him and pursuing contact with him for 5 years. Then she got to Afghanistan in 2011 to write her book and he lost all control of his life. How you get a setup by Obama, Hillary, Axelrod, Jarrett and whoever else out of that scenario is beyond all reason. This is no more nor less than the flattered 50+ year old man making a fool of himself and the younger sexy bimbo after power, an age-old story. Don´t have sympathy for either of them.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Douglas DC, 11/10/2012 4:29:55 PM     (No. 9005697)

Where is duty and honor in all of this...?
I´d like to see them both put back on active and tried on "Conduct unbecoming."

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Reply 14 - Posted by: PageTurner, 11/10/2012 4:30:20 PM     (No. 9005698)

Reminds me of the nutty astronaut with the diapers, too. Wasn´t she, too, an overachieving graduate of the service academies? And about the same age? Must be some hothouse atmosphere in those service academies. This is what they turn out. Throw that Navy lesbian captain who was so vicious to her men she was relieved of command (and showed up to meetings in bedroom slippers too) and it´s quite a picture.

As for Petraeus, he goes out like Tiger Woods.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Keekng, 11/10/2012 4:36:42 PM     (No. 9005713)

"Hell hath no fury......."

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Reply 16 - Posted by: gagolfer, 11/10/2012 4:39:34 PM     (No. 9005718)

The one I really feel sorry for is Holly Petraeus, the dutiful military wife who spent most of her marriage alone while he was serving. Bet she doesn´t divorce him though.

The Broadwell marriage is strange- she left doctor husband and 2 very young children alone for a year while she was running around Afghanistan with Petraeus.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: suejeanne, 11/10/2012 4:42:45 PM     (No. 9005727)

"Honey, General Petraeus resigned today - did you know?"

"No, Mom - why did he do that? Over Benghazi?"

"No, he said he was having an affair - with this lady biographer."

"Hm - Doris Kearns Goodwin? No, I don´t believe it!"

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Dreadnought, 11/10/2012 5:03:15 PM     (No. 9005750)


The law enforcement officials did not provide an exact timeline for the investigation, but they said that the inquiry started at least several weeks ago... (That´s open-ended.)

It was not until Tuesday that the Justice Department notified James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, that compromising material about Petraeus had been uncovered as part of an investigation, according to a senior intelligence official. Clapper then spoke with Petraeus and told him to resign.

“Director Clapper learned of the situation from the FBI on Tuesday evening around 5 p.m.,”..
(The Justice Department works for who? And what was so special about 5 p.m. Tuesday evening? Something about Tuesday, can´t quite place it...)

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 11/10/2012 5:19:11 PM     (No. 9005778)

#11, lots of middle-aged men deal with the crazies by buying themselves a red convertible, or a boat.

As to the woman, she does sound like that astronaut who went off the deep end. She too had a husband and kids, but chased after a man.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Words have Meaning, 11/10/2012 6:26:05 PM     (No. 9005948)

Why is this an issue now people? Remember the Gen was to testify next week on the Benghazi cover-up.

The you bring a knife, we bring a gun, crowd is working overtime to sweep this under the rug and throw the good Gen and his lady under the bus to protect that pond scum Obama.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Bumblebee, 11/10/2012 8:13:32 PM     (No. 9006108)

Well, I have a conspiracy theory for you.
Perhaps the investigation started when Petraeus testified, honestly, and was contrary to the White House statements on Bengazhi.
The WH could have had somebody pass the word to Petraeus that he better follow the correct line or his affair would be revealed. That is blackmail, folks, but Petraeus out witted them by revealing the affair himself. I believe he will testify truthfully if subpeoned[sp] We will see. Obama lavished the praise on Petraeus as he accepted the resignation, but I don´t believe Petraeus was charmed by it.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: BonnieBlueFlag, 11/10/2012 10:25:34 PM     (No. 9006245)

#21 . . . Ditto
Petraeus is just the latest General to have had an affair. Eisenhower had a well known affair with his driver during WW2 with Kay Sommersby.

General Eisenhower went on to be The President after the war. I guess the media didn´t feel the need to destroy lives back then, like they do today, except for our current president´s crimes and misdemeanors.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 11/11/2012 3:26:49 AM     (No. 9006467)

This had to be known almost from the start. He has too many people around him at all times for it not to have leaked out.

Until I know more from the two people themselves I am going to assume it just happened. They were a long way away from their spouses when in Afghanistan. He was sharing his life´s story with her. It´s not exactly the place where you have a great social life after office hours.

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