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Friday
May242013

Paula Broadwell Apologizes for Affair with David Petraeus

ISAF via Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The woman at the center of the sex scandal that led to David Petraeus' resignation from the CIA has spoken publicly for the first time about the affair and apologized for the "harm" she caused to the families involved.

"I have remorse for the harm that this has caused, the sadness this has caused in my family and other families," Paula Broadwell said in her first interview with ABC News' affiliate WSOC in Charlotte, N.C., since news of the extramarital affair broke last November.

Broadwell met Petraeus, 60, while she was a graduate student at Harvard University and working on a dissertation about Petraeus. Broadwell wrote the biography on Petraeus titled All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. As Petraeus' personal biographer, she enjoyed tremendous access to the decorated war hero and former four-star general.

"I 'm the first to admit I've made mistakes, and I'm regretful for the pain I've caused, but at some point again you pick yourself up face forward and keep moving," Broadwell said.

Broadwell said it was support from loved ones that got her through the public scrutiny she faced in the aftermath of the affair. Broadwell, who lives in Charlotte with her husband and two kids, spends her time supporting veterans and wounded warriors.

"I'm blessed with family, community. That's been a great part of my rehabilitation ... and wonderful organizations that realize that even if you've made mistakes in life you can still contribute and pick up, dust off and move on," she said.

The extramarital affair was uncovered when Florida socialite Jill Kelley told an FBI agent that she received harassing emails from an unknown source. The emails eventually traced back to Broadwell and ultimately uncovered evidence of her affair with Petraeus.

Broadwell was stripped of her military security clearance after a federal probe alleged she was storing classified military material at her home.

"I'm not focused on the past," Broadwell said. "It was a devastating period for our family. We still have some healing to do. We're very focused on how can we continue to contribute and use this for the greater good to do something good in the next chapter."

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Thursday
Feb212013

Army Revokes Paula Broadwell’s Promotion After Petraeus Affair

ISAF via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Army has temporarily revoked Paula Broadwell's promotion to become a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.  It was Broadwell’s affair with General David Petraeus that led to his resignation as CIA director last November.

George Wright, an Army spokesman, confirmed that Broadwell’s promotion was “revoked” earlier this month.

Broadwell was promoted to lieutenant colonel in August, and had been wearing that rank since. However, in February that promotion was “revoked in accordance with Army regulation 135-155,” said Wright.

Broadwell remains in the Army Reserve but is now authorized only to wear the rank of major and is considered a "promotable lieutenant colonel” pending the result of an ongoing investigation.  Army regulations say the Army can revoke an order within six months if there is an investigation.

Wright could not discuss the details of the investigation that led to the move, but defense officials have said previously that the FBI was looking at whether Broadwell kept classified materials in her home. Those documents would have come from the research materials she was using for her biography of Petraeus.

If the investigation is closed without any action against Broadwell, her promotion to lieutenant colonel could be restored retroactively to when it was originally granted.

In November the CIA’s inspector general began an exploratory investigation into whether Petraeus had used any agency resources during his extramarital affair with Broadwell.

A CIA spokesman declined to comment Thursday on the status of that investigation.

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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

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.

 

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov142012

Petraeus' Alleged Mistress Suspected of Storing Classified Docs

ISAF via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Paula Broadwell, the author who allegedly had an affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus, is suspected of storing significant amounts of military documents -- including classified material -- at her home, potentially in violation of federal law.

A source familiar with the case told ABC News that Broadwell admitted to the FBI that she took the 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.  The FBI and military will be pouring over the material Wednesday morning.  

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

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.  Authorities could decide to seek disciplinary action against her rather than pursue charges.

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

The case is so critical that FBI Director Robert Mueller may attend the briefing 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 maintain that their guidelines forbid them from discussing ongoing criminal cases.

This summer, Florida socialite and "honorary ambassador" to the military Jill Kelley received anonymous emails accusing her of flaunting a friendly relationship with military brass in Tampa, Fla.  Kelley then called the FBI, which traced those emails back to Broadwell's computer.  Investigators are said to have then found emails in Broadwell's inbox that pointed to an intimate affair with Petraeus, who on Friday admitted to the affair and announced his resignation as CIA director.

The FBI has now uncovered "potentially inappropriate" emails between Gen. John Allen, the commander of American forces in Afghanistan, and Kelley, according to a senior U.S. defense official who is traveling with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.  The department is reviewing between 20,000 and 30,000 documents connected to this matter, the official said.  The email exchanges between Kelley and Allen took place from 2010 to 2012.

The U.S. official said the emails were "innocuous" and mostly about upcoming dinner parties and seeing him on TV.  

Allen denies he was involved in an affair, a Pentagon official said.  An intermediary for Allen told ABC News that Allen and his wife are friends with Kelley and her husband and most of the emails were sent from Kelley to Allen's wife.

A U.S. official said Allen may have triggered the investigation when he got an anonymous email a few months ago that was traced to Broadwell.  The email had a "Kelley Patrol" return address or subject line and painted Kelley as a seductress, which Allen found alarming and mentioned to Kelley in a subsequent email, the official said.

Panetta cautioned that "no one should leap to any conclusions" about allegations against Allen over the investigation.  The defense secretary said he supports Allen, who has been in command in Kabul since July 2011.  He took over that summer for Petraeus, who retired from the Army to take over as the head of the CIA.

"He certainly has my continued confidence to lead our forces and to continue the fight," Panetta said at a news conference in Perth, Australia, Wednesday.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who appeared with Panetta, declined to comment on the Allen case, but insured the scandal has not harmed the war effort.

"There has been a lot of conversation, as you might expect, but no concern whatsoever being expressed to us because the mission has been set forth and it's being carried out," Clinton said.

Allen had been nominated as the next commander of U.S. European Command and the commander of NATO forces in Europe, and despite President Obama's backing, the nomination has been put on hold.  The change of command at NATO is currently slated to not take place until March at the earliest.

Allen was supposed to appear before a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday alongside his designated replacement, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford.  Panetta said that while the matter is being investigated by the Defense Department inspector general, Allen will remain in his post as commander of the International Security Assistance Force, based in Kabul.

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Wednesday
Nov142012

Petraeus Affair: Paula Broadwell’s Lost License Found in DC Park

ISAF via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A jogger recently discovered the North Carolina driver’s license of Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with David Petraeus led to his resignation as CIA director, in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., Maryland Park Police told ABC News.

Broadwell has often discussed how she went running with the former general when she was interviewing him for the biography of him she co-authored, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.

The license was turned in to police by a jogger with the Maryland Park Police, but was initially discovered in Washington, D.C.  According to a Park Police spokesman, the park police notified the FBI’s Washington Field Office and will hold it for 90 days.

The affair between Broadwell and Petraeus was discovered after another woman, Jill Kelley, reported receiving what she called harassing emails that were traced to Broadwell's account.  Investigators are said to have found intimate emails in Broadwell’s inbox that pointed to the affair with Petraeus.  Petraeus announced his resignation as CIA director on Friday.

Broadwell is believed to be staying at her brother’s residence in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in Washington, which is near Rock Creek Park.  The park extends from central Washington into Maryland and is popular with runners and cyclists.

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Tuesday
Nov132012

Petraeus Affair: A Comprehensive Update

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The upset that started out as Gen. David Petraeus' surprise resignation from his post as CIA-Director has ballooned into a full-fledged scandal, implicating his successor general in Afghanistan, his biographer, the FBI, and a whole family of military supporters -- not to mention further muddying the waters surrounding the investigation into the Obama administration's handling of the deadly terror attack on the U.S. consulate and a CIA building in Benghazi.

Here's a rundown of what ABC News has learned of late:

A Second Afghanistan General is Under Investigation

General John Allen, the commander of American forces in Afghanistan, came under investigation because of 20,000 to 30,000 emails and documents connecting him to Jill Kelley, the Tampa military enthusiast who received what she perceived as a harassing email from Petraeus' biographer-turned-mistress, Paula Broadwell. A Defense Department official characterized some of those emails as "inappropriate" and "flirtatious," but another official said they were mostly harmless, and there were likely no sordid interactions between Allen and Kelley.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday that President Obama stands by Gen. Allen. The president accepted Petraeus' resignation last week, but he continues to have "faith" in Allen, Carney said.

Read more about the investigation of Gen. John Allen here.

Petraeus Personally Investigated Benghazi


In late October, Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

The Libya stop was part of a six nation trip to the region. Petraeus intended the review as a way to prepare for his upcoming testimony before Congress on Benghazi. After the scandal broke, the administration reports his testimony is on hold.

Read more about Petraeus' involvement in Libya here.


Upset on the Hill


ABC's Sunlen Miller reports that Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and other lawmakers say it's "imperative" that Petraeus still give that testimony.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, expects the Senate will need to hear from Petraeus on the Libya attack "one way or another." There's whisperings he -- and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who recently left on an overseas trip -- could be subpoenaed if they don't make themselves available.

Read more of what Petraeus' upset means for the Senate here.


All About the Kelleys


Jill Kelley, 37, is a Tampa socialite who volunteered her time to support the military, planned and hosted charitable events and forged tight friendships with top brass. Her sister Natalie also became friendly with major players, including both Gen. Petraeus and Gen. John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, who wrote letters on her behalf as she battled her ex-husband for custody of her son.

Kelley's social efforts on behalf of the military earned her the unpaid title of "honorary ambassador" to CENTCOM, the Defense Department's Central Command, which is based in Tampa at MacDill Air Force Base and has responsibility for directing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

ABC News' Steven Portnoy reports the special license plate designating Jill Kelley as an "Honorary Consul," on her gray Mercedes Benz S500 is not just because she was considered CENTCOM's "social ambassador."

A staffer at the Embassy of Korea in Washington confirms that his government conferred "honorary consul" status upon Kelley in August of this year.

The job carries no official responsibilities, nor does it grant any immunities or even pay a stipend. It's an honorary title, handed out to those who are willing to "assist" the nearest consulate with outreach. But with the status, and the documentation she was given, Kelley was able to obtain the special vanity plate. Florida Department of Highway Safety officials checked it out with the State Department and issued the plate in September.

Read more about the Kelleys here.

Petraeus: The Sequel


ABC News has learned that Broadwell was working on a second biography of Petraeus.

Watch more about that book from GMA here.

Broadwell's Law Firm Not New to High-Profile Scandal


The lawyer representing the woman who was the mistress of former CIA-director David Petraeus works for the same firm as the lawyer who represented Monica Lewinsky.

An assistant to Washington lawyer Robert F. Muse told ABC News that Muse is representing Broadwell and is a partner at the same firm as Jacob A. Stein, the man who was one half of the 2003 team for President Clinton's famed mistress, Monica Lewinsky.

Read more about Stein, Mitchell, Muse & Cipollone here.

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