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Tuesday
Nov272012

South Korea Strips Petraeus Recommendee Kelley of Honorary Position

Tampa Bay Magazine(NEW YORK) -- Jill Kelley, the Florida socialite who sparked an investigation that brought down CIA head David Petraeus, will be relieved of her ceremonial position as honorary consul for South Korea because she allegedly tried to “peddle influence” and profit off business deals there, a top South Korean official said Tuesday.

According to South Korea’s semi-official Yonhap News Agency, South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Kyou-hyun said, “It is not suitable to the status of honorary consul that [she] sought to be involved in commercial projects and peddle influence.”

Kyou-hyun’s comments come in the wake of allegations from New York businessman Adam Victor that Kelley had claimed she had access to top Korean officials and could help him land a multi-billion dollar gasification deal, as detailed in emails from Kelley obtained exclusively by ABC News. Victor said that when Kelley asked for an exorbitant $80 million broker’s fee, the request prompted him to “terminate [their] relationship.”

The Yonhap report also says that South Korean officials had appointed Kelley to the honorary consul position in August “at the recommendation of Petraeus” -- an apparent corroboration of a claim Victor says Kelley made to him when they discussed the gasification deal.

“Ms. Kelley made it clear to me that Gen. Petraeus put her in this position, and that’s why she was able to have access to such senior levels [of the Korean government],” Victor told ABC News earlier this month. Victor claimed Kelley said “that they were essentially doing a favor for Gen. Petraeus, and that she had access solely because of her relationship with Gen. Petraeus.”

In a previous ABC News report, Steve Boylan, a friend and former spokesperson for Petraeus, said it was “nonsense” that Petraeus had any part in the gasification deal. “He knows nothing about it,” Boylan said. “What other people do, he can’t control.” Another source told ABC News that Petraeus had asked Kelley to stop throwing his name around.

A close friend of Kelley’s, Tampa real estate developer Don Phillips, said he didn’t believe Kelley tried to profit from her connection with Petraeus, saying, “There’s no dark plot here. There’s no conspiracy. There is no grand crime.”

Kelley was thrust into the international spotlight earlier this month when she was identified as the woman who sparked an FBI investigation that eventually led to Petraeus’ resignation from the CIA. Months ago Kelley told an FBI friend that she had been receiving harassing emails from an anonymous sender. Agents with the FBI tracked the messages to Paula Broadwell, Petraeus’ biographer, and in the course of investigating Broadwell, discovered that Petraeus and Broadwell were having an affair.

The FBI notified the White House of the affair a day after President Obama was reelected and Obama accepted Petraeus’ resignation two days later.

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Jill Kelley, the Florida socialite who sparked an investigation that brought down CIA head David Petraeus, will be relieved of her ceremonial position as honorary consul for South Korea because she allegedly tried to “peddle influence” and profit off business deals there, a top South Korean official said today.

According to South Korea’s semi-official Yonhap News Agency, South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Kyou-hyun said, “It is not suitable to the status of honorary consul that [she] sought to be involved in commercial projects and peddle influence.”

Kyou-hyun’s comments come in the wake of allegations from New York businessman Adam Victor that Kelley had claimed she had access to top Korean officials and could help him land a multi-billion dollar gasification deal, as detailed in emails from Kelley obtained exclusively by ABC News. Victor said that when Kelley asked for an exorbitant $80 million broker’s fee, the request prompted him to “terminate [their] relationship.”

The Yonhap report also says that South Korean officials had appointed Kelley to the honorary consul position in August “at the recommendation of Petraeus” – an apparent corroboration of a claim Victor says Kelley made to him when they discussed the gasification deal.

“Ms. Kelley made it clear to me that Gen. Petraeus put her in this position, and that’s why she was able to have access to such senior levels [of the Korean government],” Victor told ABC News earlier this month. Victor claimed Kelley said “that they were essentially doing a favor for Gen. Petraeus, and that she had access solely because of her relationship with Gen. Petraeus.”

In a previous ABC News report, Steve Boylan, a friend and former spokesperson for Petraeus, said it was “nonsense” that Petraeus had any part in the gasification deal. “He knows nothing about it,” Boylan said. “What other people do, he can’t control.” Another source told ABC News that Petraeus had asked Kelley to stop throwing his name around.

A close friend of Kelley’s, Tampa real estate developer Don Phillips, said he didn’t believe Kelley tried to profit from her connection with Petraeus, saying “There’s no dark plot here. There’s no conspiracy. There is no grand crime.”

Kelley was thrust into the international spotlight earlier this month when she was identified as the woman who sparked an FBI investigation that eventually led to Petraeus’ resignation from the CIA. Months ago Kelley told an FBI friend that she had been receiving harassing emails from an anonymous sender. Agents with the FBI tracked the messages to Paula Broadwell, Petraeus’ biographer, and in the course of investigating Broadwell, discovered that Petraeus and Broadwell were having an affair.

The FBI notified the White House of the affair a day after President Obama was reelected and Obama accepted Petraeus’ resignation two days later.

Wednesday
Nov212012

Jill Kelley Emails Show Her Eager to Make Multi-Billion Dollar Deal

Tampa Bay Magazine(NEW YORK) -- Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, the woman at the center of the scandal that brought down CIA chief David Petraeus, was apparently so eager to make a multi-billion dollar Korean business deal that she was willing to cancel anniversary plans with her husband, Dr. Scott Kelley, according to emails reviewed exclusively by ABC News.

Emails between Kelley and Adam Victor, president and CEO of TransGas Development Systems, also appear to confirm the New York businessman's claim that Kelley wanted a huge fee for brokering the transaction.

Kelley and Victor were introduced at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August by Kelley's friend, Tampa real estate developer Don Phillips. Kelley is an honorary consul for the Republic of South Korea. In an interview with ABC News, Phillips said he suggested that Kelley and Victor should meet because Kelley could help Victor land a deal for a coal gasification plant in South Korea.

Phillips claimed that Kelley said that Victor tried to "proposition" her "almost immediately," and said he had to cajole her into flying to New York for a second meeting with Victor. After she met with Victor in New York, said Phillips, Kelley reported that she was no longer interested in pursuing the deal. According to Phillips, she said, "As a result of my personal investigations and business intelligence this is just not going anywhere, Don, and you just don't want to associate with this guy."

But according to an email sent shortly after their introduction in Tampa, Kelley was pushing hard to set up another meeting with Victor as soon as possible. "[M]y husband is in agreement with me canceling our 13th Anniversary dinner plans," said Kelley in an email to a Victor employee. "Please call me."

Victor, who denies propositioning Kelley, also claimed she continued pushing for the deal after their meeting in New York.

On September 5, as she flew home following the meeting she emailed, "Adam, I'm on my flight. It was wonderful to meet with you. I was quite impressed learning about the project to say the least. I'm emailing around some contacts, calling in favors, and totally anxious to take this to the next step. It has HUGE potential. It just needs a catalyst like me." The word me is followed by a smiley emoticon, :-).

The next day she emailed Victor again, bringing up her Korean contacts as well as the subject of her fee. "I know how to present this to the top leaders in Korea. ... Can you send me an agreement with my profit for facilitating the deal?" she wrote. "I'm truly looking forward to bringing this concept into fruition."

On September 10, she emailed Victor again, this time from Hawaii, and again alluding to her fee. "I'm in Honolulu with the Korean delegation from Seoul. Any update with an agreement for my commission?" Victor responded, asking Kelley to tell him her "normal" fee. Kelley answered, "My fee to bring this to fruition will be 2%. I look forward to a formal agreement and moving forward."

Victor told ABC News the coal gasification plants under discussion were worth $4 billion, which means two percent would amount to an $80 million fee, a fee he found ridiculous.

He rejected the proposal. "The suggested fee you have asked for is so out of market, I have no way of working out any acceptable deal with you," he wrote. "You should not contact anyone on our behalf."

After that, Kelley emailed Victor once more, writing, "If you have an alternate proposal, I'd be interested in hearing it."

Victor responded, asking about an alternate fee structure, but did not hear back from Kelley again.

A representative for Kelley could not immediately be reached for comment on the newly revealed emails. Victor also claims that Kelley told him Gen. Petraeus arranged for her to be named honorary consul, and that she could use her connections with high-level Korean officials to help land the coal plant deal. None of the emails that Victor showed to ABC News mention Petraeus.

Kelley's friend Don Phillips told ABC News that Kelley has not "in any way tried to profit" from her relationship with Gen. Petraeus.

Retired Army Col. Steve Boylan, a friend and former spokesperson for ex-CIA Director Petraeus, said it was "nonsense" that Petraeus had any part in Kelley's alleged Korean deal. Another source told ABC News that Petraeus had asked Kelley to stop throwing his name around.

T.J. Kim, a spokesman for the South Korean Embassy in Washington says there was a meeting of Korean honorary consuls in Honolulu in September and he was told Kelley attended. There are a handful of such consuls across the country. But he has derided Kelley's alleged claim of access.

"She only assumed this honorary position in August, and in three months we saw no activity from her or for the Korean government or the Korean community in Florida," he told ABC News.

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Tuesday
Nov202012

Petraeus Affair: 'There's No Dark Plot Here,' Jill Kelley's Friend Says

Tampa Bay Magazine(NEW YORK) -- A man who says he's a "very close friend" of Jill Kelley, the woman at the center of the scandal that brought down CIA chief David Petraeus, told ABC News that Kelley's portrayal in the media is inaccurate, as are any insinuations that she hoped to profit financially from her close connection to America's spymaster.

Don Phillips, a Tampa, Fla., real estate developer, said in an interview that Kelley is "the best kind of friend" anyone would like to have, including America's top military officials.

"Take everything you know and turn it around 180 degrees," said Phillips, who has known Kelley and her husband for five years.  "The reason these people [the Kelleys and military officials] are close is not because there [was] any untoward thing or any unseemly thing but quite to the contrary.  It's because they are trustworthy people and they've kept their mouths closed.  They don't go out to sensationalize these issues.  They don't talk about getting involved in scandal."

"I don't think Jill Kelley, in any way, has tried to profit from this relationship," he said of Kelley's friendship with Petraeus.  "There's no dark plot here.  There is no conspiracy.  There is no grand crime."

Phillips took issue with allegations made by New York businessman Adam Victor concerning a proposed multi-billion dollar business deal with South Korea in which Kelley was allegedly involved.

Adam Victor told ABC News on Friday that Kelley had claimed it was Petraeus who arranged for her to be named honorary consul to South Korea and, as a result, she could use her connections with high-level Korean officials to help him land a large coal gasification deal in the Asian country.  Victor also alleged that Kelley demanded a 2 percent commission on the deal, a fee of about $80 million.

"It became clear that it did not smell right," Victor said.  Victor said he got the feeling Kelley was inexperienced and unqualified to help him with the deal so he "terminated the relationship."

Phillips, who introduced Victor to Kelley, confirmed that the two had discussed the Korea deal, but said Kelley was the one who ended the business relationship after Victor "propositioned" her.

"Not only did I introduce him to her but other people in the community who all had a very negative report that came back to me and I felt terrible about introducing him to them," Phillips said.  "Jill, immediately upon meeting him, said she felt very uncomfortable, that he propositioned her almost immediately... I said, 'Jill, please, with this station, with this honor that you have forwarding the economic interest of this country, you have to look beyond that.'  And she goes, 'I don't want to deal with this guy.'  And I said, 'Please, for my sake, just bear through.  We all deal with a bunch of unsavory characters from time to time.'"

Phillips acknowledged that Kelley traveled to New York to meet with Victor, as Victor had claimed, but said Kelley determined the business relationship was "just not going anywhere."  Phillips said that Victor was correct in saying Kelley had no "trans-financial capability," but that was just because she never wanted it.

"It's because she is not interested in it.  She's extremely content.  She has a great husband who does a great job earning for them and they have a pretty good life.  That's not what motivates Jill," he said.

Victor denied that he ever propositioned Kelley and told ABC News Phillips was "rewriting history and not telling the truth."

Retired Army Col. Steve Boylan, a friend and former spokesperson for ex-CIA Director Petraeus, told ABC News last week it was "nonsense" that Petraeus had any part in Kelley's alleged Korean deal.

Kelley stumbled into the international spotlight earlier this month when she was identified as the woman who sparked an FBI investigation that eventually led to Petraeus' recent resignation.  Over the summer Kelley had told an FBI friend about harassing emails she had received from an anonymous sender.  In the course of the FBI investigation that found Paula Broadwell, an Army Reserves intelligence officer and biographer of Petraeus, was sending the messages, the bureau also uncovered evidence that Petraeus and Broadwell were having an affair.

The FBI informed the White House of the affair a day after President Obama was reelected and a few days later, Petraeus resigned.

Phillips said he believes Kelley's relationship with Petraeus was probably similar to his own with her -- like brother and sister.

"I have a great and close relationship with her, but not for a moment has my wife ever questioned our relationship.  [Jill] doesn't leave that impression.  She doesn't give you that sense that there is any hanky-panky or foul play going on.  She projects an air of a confident and friendly relationship," he said.

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Monday
Nov192012

Paula Broadwell Regrets Damage of Affair with Petraeus, Friend Says

ISAF via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A family friend of Paula Broadwell, the author who carried on an affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus, tells ABC News that Broadwell "deeply regrets the damage that's been done to her family" from the dalliance.

The person close to Broadwell also told ABC News Sunday night that Broadwell is devastated by the fallout, which led to Petraeus' resignation from the CIA.  The friend spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Broadwell, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons, drove back to their home in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, according to the friend.  The family was greeted by more than 25 supportive friends and neighbors upon their arrival.

Broadwell didn't react to reporters gathered outside the home, but her husband said "no comment at this time" and a possible statement would be coming soon, according to ABC News affiliate WSOC.

The 40-year-old author, who wrote the biography on Gen. Petraeus, All In, spent more than a week at her brother's Washington, D.C., home after news broke of the affair.  The friend says Broadwell is now trying to "focus on her family."

Broadwell faces a critical decision from prosecutors who must decide whether to charge her with mishandling classified information for allegedly taking secret files from secure government buildings.  That's a potential violation of federal law, but authorities may allow the military to discipline her.

The case is complicated by the fact that, as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Military Reserve, Broadwell had security clearance to review the documents.

"The whole thought or idea that you have classified information on your personal computer at home, I'm sure violates some Army regulations if nothing else," said former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett.

Petraeus hired a top Washington D.C. lawyer over the weekend to help him navigate the fallout from the career-ending affair.  The lawyer, Robert Barnett, of Williams & Connolly, is known for negotiating book deals for the political elite, from President Barack Obama to one-time vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

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Friday
Nov162012

CIA Investigating David Petraeus

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The CIA has confirmed that the agency’s inspector general is investigating Gen. David Petraeus’ conduct in the wake of his admitted affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.  Petraeus resigned last week as CIA chief.

A CIA spokesman issued a statement saying, “At the CIA we are constantly reviewing our performance.  If there are lessons to be learned from this case we'll use them to improve.  But we're not getting ahead of ourselves; an investigation is exploratory and doesn’t presuppose any particular outcome.”

The FBI has been conducting its own investigation into Petraeus’ extramarital affair.

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Thursday
Nov152012

Petraeus Scandal: Paula Broadwell Stars in Gun Commercial

Paula Broadwell promoted a futuristic-looking, high-tech gun for a company that was trying to catch the eye of military purchasing officials. (Kriss/CNBC)(WASHINGTON) -- In addition to the book and the romance, Paula Broadwell's role as a trusted confidant of General David Petraeus provided another benefit: rising-star status in elite military circles.

That meant, among other perks, a speaking slot at the Aspen Ideas Festival, an invitation to Washington's annual OSS Society dinner, and a role as an expert commentator in an infomercial for a gun manufacturer.

Watchdog groups say it is that last assignment -- promoting a futuristic-looking, high-tech gun for a company that may have been trying to catch the eye of military purchasing officials -- that they find troubling.

"It's one of these basic things that you see in Washington constantly, which is access for contractors to help them get a foot in the door," said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project On Government Oversight, a non-partisan group that seeks to expose abuses of power, mismanagement, and government waste.

Brian said she suspects the company saw an opportunity to put its little-known product in view of one of the most powerful voices on military policy in the country. "I think it's honestly pretty brilliant on the part of the company," she said. "But it's one of these sad things that we're fighting so hard. It's an uneven playing field. That is not how a contract should be decided."

 

The Virginia Beach company, Kriss Arms, would say nothing about how Broadwell came to star in the six-minute promotional video, sharing her insights on the combat benefits of a lightweight automatic weapon. Nor would they say if Broadwell was paid for the appearance -- though her co-star in the video told ABC News that he was provided airfare and hotel accommodations, but no other compensation.

"Mrs. Broadwell did participate as a subject matter expert and demonstrator...about the company's products, but has never had any official affiliation with the company," Kriss CEO John Spurrier told ABC News.

Broadwell appeared on a company promotional video once before -- in 2006 -- though back then she was billed not as an expert but merely as a demonstrator. She fires the company's weapon, but never says a word. Broadwell met Petraeus at Harvard in April 2006.

Spurrier would not say whether Kriss is currently seeking a military contract. ABC News left voicemail and emailed Broadwell's lawyer with questions about her efforts on behalf of Kriss, but did not get a response.

The filming of the promotional video took place at Kriss's Virginia Beach facilities on Dec. 7, 2011, and began with a sit-down interview, during which Broadwell described the advantages of a lightweight weapon.

"On the individual fighter, reducing weight is critical because of fatigue and stress," she says. "Weight reduction can greatly improve the efficiency of a firearm. It allows the trooper to carry it further, obviously, for the individuals out there on the battlefield. And that trooper should have more confidence in that system he is carrying, ideally."

Then they decamped for the firing range, where she is seen demonstrating the weapon from various positions and distances. Co-starring in the video with her is David Crane, an expert on military technology who runs DefenseReview.com. Crane told ABC News that during the daylong filming, Broadwell spoke openly and enthusiastically about Petraeus, and about her biography of him, which was just weeks from being released.

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Thursday
Nov152012

Jill Kelley Wanted $80M to Broker Korea Deal: 'It Didn't Smell Right,' Businessman Says

Tampa Bay Magazine(NEW YORK) -- A New York businessman who discussed a multi-billion-dollar Korean business deal with Jill Kelley said the Tampa woman at the center of the Petraeus scandal told him Gen. Petraeus had arranged for her to become an honorary consul for South Korea and promote free trade, and then asked him for $80 million to complete the deal.

"Ms. Kelley made it clear to me that General Petraeus put her in this position, and that's why she was able to have access to such senior levels [of the Korean government]," said Adam Victor, president and CEO of TransGas Development Systems, "that they were essentially doing a favor for General Petraeus, and that she had access solely because of her relationship with General Petraeus."

Victor, who met Kelley at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August, said he was disappointed in Gen. Petraeus for helping Kelley become an honorary consul. "Frankly, I blame Gen. Petraeus for this as a lapse of judgment," he said. "The general should have known better."

Gen. Petraeus resigned as CIA director last Friday after an FBI investigation turned up evidence of an affair between Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, co-author of the Petraeus biography All In. The investigation began when Kelley, a Tampa socialite, told an FBI agent she knew about "harassing" emails that turned out to originate from Broadwell.

According to Victor, he went to Tampa to promote coal gasification and met a friend of Kelley's who suggested that they meet to discuss a possible international deal. "The person who introduced me to her said that she was well known to be a very close friend of Gen. Petraeus," said Victor.

Victor said that he and Kelley met in "the VIP section" at the convention, where Kelly said that, "she was a very good friend of Gen. Petraeus," and that, "he arranged for her to get this position of honorary consul for South Korea" to promote free trade. She also allegedly said she had access to senior government officials in Korea.

Victor said he thought it made sense that Petraeus would want to put a trusted aide in charge of promoting free trade. When Kelley named her fee for brokering the deal, however, Victor balked. The coal gasification plants under discussion were worth $4 billion, said Victor -- and Kelley wanted a two percent cut. "That's an $80 million fee," he said. "And I mean that is problematic...No broker gets $80 million. I mean that's two whole orders of magnitude higher than what they would get."

Victor said he "terminated the relationship" after Kelley asked for $80 million. He decided that while she was not making an inappropriate request on purpose, it showed she was inexperienced and unqualified for the job. He also began to wonder about Petraeus's judgment.

"It became clear that it did not smell right," he said. "Gen. Petraeus should not have put an inexperienced person in charge of the Free Trade Agreement with such an important ally as South Korea."

"It's a sad day for the country," concluded Victor. "Gen. Petraeus has served this country well."

A spokesperson for Jill Kelley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Retired Army Col. Steve Boylan, a friend and former spokesperson for ex-CIA Director Petraeus, said it was "nonsense" that Petraeus had any part in Kelley's alleged Korean deal. "He knows nothing about it," insisted Boylan. "What other people do he can't control." Another source told ABC News that Petraeus had asked Kelley to stop throwing his name around.

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Thursday
Nov152012

Veteran FBI Agent Frederick Humphries Got Ball Rolling on Petraeus Probe

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI agent who investigated harassing emails to a Florida socialite, a probe that set off a chain of events leading to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus over an extramarital affair, was a veteran investigator who has worked on high-profile terrorism cases.

The agent was identified as Frederick Humphries by a former federal agent, a source familiar with the Petraeus investigation and Humphries' attorney, Lawrence Berger.

Humphries, 47, received the initial complaint from Jill Kelley, a Tampa, Fla., socialite, about "harassing" emails that an investigation traced back to Paula Broadwell, a 40-year-old author who co-wrote a biography of Petraeus.

The investigation ultimately uncovered evidence of an affair between Broadwell and Petraeus, prompting Petraeus to resign last week.

Berger said his client's family, "knew the Kelley family socially for several years." Jill Kelley asked Humphries for advice on what she perceived to be threatening e-mails and he, "referred the matter to the bureau as appropriate."

Berger said his client has been wrongly characterized as a "whistleblower," but there is, "no action pending against him, nor does he anticipate any future action."

Humphries, "referred the matter to the FBI in accordance to proper protocol," Berger added, and the FBI investigation is taking its course.

Berger flatly declined to confirm or provide any details at all regarding Humphries' alleged contacts with the offices of either Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., or House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.

According to the New York Times, Humphries was allegedly concerned the case had been stalled for political reasons, and in late October contacted Reichert, whom he knew from his time working in Washington. The Times reported that Reichert put him in touch with Cantor, who then passed the message to FBI director, Robert Mueller.

An associate of Humphries told ABC News that it was hard to believe that Humphries had contacted elected officials about the case because, "everyone knows that's professional suicide" and Humphries is "top notch."

According to media reports, Humphries played a central role in foiling the so-called Millenium terror plot in 1999, preventing an Algerian al Qaeda member from bombing Los Angeles International Airport.

Humphries has worked as a supervisor on Joint Terrorism Task Force in Tampa and has worked on high-profile terrorism cases.

Regarding a "shirtless" photo that Humphries reportedly sent to Jill Kelley, Berger told ABC News that several years ago, Humphries sent a "joke picture" of himself to the Kelley family showing Humphries "posing shirtless between two shooting range dummies."

"There was absolutely no romantic involvement or relationship whatsoever between Agent Humphries and Jill Kelley," said Berger.

According to Berger, sharing funny photos was part of the family's relationship.

Berger objected to unattributed comments in the New York Times that his client was "obsessed" with pursuing the matter.

"Is he a dogged, professional, passionate law enforcement officer? Yes," Berger told ABC News. But it would be "incorrect to describe him as obsessed" with this case, said Berger.

According to Berger, Humphries, "reported what he knew according to FBI protocol and then let the investigation take its course."

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Wednesday
Nov142012

Paula Broadwell Stripped of Secret Clearance Amid Petraeus Scandal

ISAF via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Paula Broadwell, the author suspected of carrying on an affair with former CIA director David Petraeus, has been stripped of her military security clearance after a federal probe alleged she was storing classified military material at her home.

"Appropriate actions with regard to this officer's clearance and access have been taken," said Army spokesman George Wright of Broadwell, an Army reservist and West Point graduate.

The inquiry into Broadwell came as Petraeus, one of the country's most decorated generals, was being pressed to appear before Congress to answer questions about the Sept. 11 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Petraeus is expected to appear at a closed-door session of Congress on Thursday, nearly a week after he publicly admitted to having an affair and resigned his post at CIA.

Petraeus was reluctant to testify following his resignation as CIA chief, but pressure has been growing in Congress for him to appear.

"Gen. Petraeus is willing to come before the committee and the details are being worked out," Sen. Diane Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday. No date for his testimony has been set.

A source familiar with the case told ABC News that Broadwell admitted to the FBI she took documents from secure government buildings. The government demanded that they all be given back, and federal agents descended on her North Carolina home on Monday night in pre-arranged visit.

Prosecutors were determining whether to charge Broadwell with a crime and Wednesday morning the FBI and military were poring over the material.

The 40-year-old author, who wrote the biography on Gen. Petraeus, All In, is cooperating with the investigation. The case is complicated by the fact that, as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Military Reserve, Broadwell had security clearance to review the documents.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, President Obama said there was no evidence that the material contained secrets crucial to the country's national security.

"I have no evidence at this point, from what I've seen, that classified information was disclosed that in any way would have had a negative impact on national security," he said.

The FBI found classified material on a computer voluntarily handed over by Broadwell earlier in the investigation. Prosecutors will now have to determine how important the classified material is before making a final decision on how to proceed. Authorities could decide to seek disciplinary action against her rather than pursue charges.

Senior FBI officials were expected to brief the House and Senate Intelligence Committees Wednesday on their handling of the Petraeus investigation. The officials were expected to lay out how the case was developed and argue that there were no politics involved.

The case was so critical that FBI Director Robert Mueller may attend to defend the bureau, ABC News has learned. Members of Congress have been angry that they were not informed about the case before the story was reported by the media, but FBI officials maintained that their guidelines forbade them from discussing ongoing criminal cases.

 

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Wednesday
Nov142012

Petraeus Will Testify Behind Closed Doors on Benghazi

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify at a closed-door session of Congress to answer questions about September's terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.  Still, he will likely also be asked about new revelations that his alleged mistress, Paula Broadwell, is suspected of storing classified military material at her home.

Petraeus had been reluctant to testify following his resignation as CIA chief, but pressure had been growing in Congress for him to appear.

The former general has agreed, sources told ABC News, to testify on Thursday.

A source familiar with the case also told ABC News that Broadwell admitted to the FBI that she took documents from secure government buildings.  The government demanded that they all be given back, and when federal agents descended on her North Carolina home Monday night, it was a pre-arranged meeting.

Prosecutors are now determining whether to charge Broadwell with a crime.

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