David Petraeus’ affair with biographer Paula Broadwell lead to CIA director’s resignation

By Daniel S Levine,

Just hours after CIA director David Petraeus’ resignation was announced, the media is already learning more information about the extramarital affair that he cited in his resignation letter. The name of his mistress, biographer Paula Broadwell, is being reported by various media outlets.

According to The Huffington Post, Slate was the first site to report that Petraeus had an affair with Broadwell, who co-wrote All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. The book praises the former general for his work and there had been rumors that there was some kind of a relationship between the two.

Broadwell sang her praises of Petraeus while promoting the book, even appearing on The Daily Show earlier this year.

According to the New York Times, evidence of the affair was first discovered during an FBI investigation. Officials only told the Times that the FBI was investigating a “potential criminal matter” that was not initially connected with Petraeus. However, they had uncovered the evidence on his computer and confronted him two weeks ago.

Congressional officials said that the Senate and House Intelligence Committees were not told about the investigation until last week.

The Times also reported that Broadwell, a West Point graduate as well, was given unprecedented access to Petraeus while writing her book. She is also married and has two children.

The site for Broadwell’s book has been removed since Friday afternoon.

Petraeus made his resignation public on Friday, a day after President Obama accepted his decision.

“Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA,” he wrote. “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”

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