The plot thickens: Petreaus mistress sent threatening emails

American Thinker

I  don’t know quite how to read this WaPo  story about Paula Broadwell as a sort of femme fatale who sent  threatening emails to a woman described as “close” to  Petreaus.

In  one way, it’s self serving – an apparent effort by Petreaus partisans to salvage  at least some of his reputation. But it also explains why the FBI got involved  in the first place:

The  collapse of the impressive 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,  the officials said.

When  Petraeus’s name surfaced, FBI investigators were concerned that  the CIA  director’s personal e-mail account had been hacked and that  national security  had been threatened. The officials said further  investigation, including FBI  interviews with Broadwell and Petraeus,  led to the discovery that the two were engaged in an affair.

The  identity of the woman who received the e-mails was not disclosed, and the nature  of her relationship with Petraeus  is unknown. The officials said the woman did not work at the CIA and  was not  Petraeus’s wife, Holly. The law enforcement officials said the  e-mails  indicated that Broadwell perceived the other woman as a threat  to her  relationship with Petraeus.

Attempts  to reach Broadwell and her relatives have been unsuccessful, and she  has not  made a public statement since she was linked with Petraeus on   Friday.

All  three senior officials who described the impetus for  the investigation spoke on  the condition of anonymity because aspects of  the inquiry are  ongoing.

There  has been speculation that the FBI was actually investiating Petreaus for  something else — something corrupt and/or illegal – and accidentally stumbled  across the affair. That doesn’t track with what we know of Petreaus but an older  man in love will do a lot to hold on to a younger woman.

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2 thoughts on “The plot thickens: Petreaus mistress sent threatening emails

  1. No, it really doesn’t. This is just a “side bar” to cause confusion…and a distraction..
    The issue is the news behind the news. He knew too much that would have buried Obama. he wanted him GONE.

    • He had the goods on him and still does. With him no longer being head of the CIA, does that mean he can tell all or is he more affraid to say anything?

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