Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)/U.S. Forces in Afghanistan General David Petraeus shakes hands with author Paula Broadwell in this ISAF handout photo originally posted July Her impressive resume includes accolades from West Point, the U.S. Army and Reserve, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. But Paula Broadwell is perhaps best known to the public as the former lover of David Petraeus.
According to a January 2015 report in
, Broadwell had been lying low in the North Carolina city with her husband, Scott, and their two sons since her affair with the venerated general became public in 2012. Broadwell seemed to be successfully avoiding the scandal—which, at its most salacious, painted her as a jealous, cyberstalking ex-mistress — by working with returning veterans, consulting on leadership and global affairs and advocating for physical fitness programs in her community. That is, until the FBI and prosecutors with the Department of Justice called on Eric Holder to bring felony charges against Petraeus for sharing classified information with Broadwell while he was head of the CIA. The Charlotte Observer
But even with her skeletons resurfacing in the news, Broadwell has remained intent on keeping a low profile,
drawing attention to her causes rather than to herself.
In the summer of 2012 Jill Kelley complained to a friend in the FBI about a series of anonymous, harassing emails and launched the investigation that ultimately led the FBI to Paula Broadwell.
Often referred to as the Florida socialite at the center of the scandal, Kelley, forged friendships within the U.S. military’s upper echelons by throwing lavish parties at her Tampa mansion. But around the time the affair went public, the home where Kelley and husband Scott mingled with Petraeus and his ilk reportedly went into foreclosure
Kelley’s finances weren’t the only thing to unravel in conjunction with the Petraeus scandal. In investigating Kelley’s cyberstalking claims, the FBI uncovered
between Kelley and other high-ranking officials, including Marine General James Mattis and Vice Adm. Robert Harward, U.S. Central Command’s commander and deputy commander, respectively. hundreds of other email exchanges
In 2013, Kelley sued both the Department of Defense and the FBI for leaking the contents of her emails — and her identity — to the press, claiming a violation of privacy. In September 2014,
that Kelley could pursue her suit against the government. a federal judge ruled
The U.S.’s top commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen had been nominated as the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO’s European forces before becoming implicated in the Petraeus fallout. Though the Department of Defense determined that there was nothing untoward about the occasionally flirtatious 30,000-plus pages of emails exchanged between Kelley and Allen,
he’d forego the prestigious position and instead retire from the military to tend to his sick wife. the general announced
In this Nov. 13, 2012, file photo, Jill Kelley leaves her home in Tampa, Fla. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says Jill Kelley can press her claim that the FBI and Defense Department violated her privacy when officials allegedly leaked information about her to the news media. Berman also tossed out more than a dozen other claims of government wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)
when officials allegedly leaked information about her to the news media. Berman also tossed out more than a dozen other claims of government wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)
John Allen, US special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State group, speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, on January 14, 2015 (AFP Photo/Thaier al-Sudani)
, Secretary of State John Kerry selected Allen as the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. In September 2014
Frederick W. Humphries II
Humphries, an FBI agent whose previous accomplishments include
to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on New Year’s Eve 1999, launched the investigation that prompted the Petraeus scandal when his friend, Jill Kelley, complained she was being cyberstalked. foiling an al-Qaeda plot
After referring Kelley’s complaint to the FBI’s cybercrimes unit, however, Humphries was barred from working on the investigation.
that Humphries seemed too personally invested in the case, partially because they’d recently discovered that the agent had sent shirtless photos of himself to Kelley. His supervisors were concerned
After being excluded, Humphries complained to a member of Congress about the FBI’s handling of the case, complaints that eventually made their way back to the FBI’s top brass and landed Humphries under investigation by the Bureau’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
in November 2012, but no updates on his investigation or career have been published in the media since. The New York Times identified Humphries
Before resigning from the CIA in disgrace, the retired general, once widely revered for his influential leadership in Iraq and Afghanistan, seemed on track for consideration for the U.S.’s highest political offices. Now, while slated to plead guilty to sharing highly classified journals with Broadwell, Petraeus has hardly been destroyed by his improprieties. In 2013, the wealthy New York private equity firm
to head up its new Global Institute. He has made the rounds as a public speaker and guest lecturer at universities such as Harvard, and he has maintained the support of political leaders in both parties. Not only did President Obama assert, in the wake of Petraeus’s retirement from the CIA, that there was no evidence indicating that he’d leaked information “that in any way would have had a negative impact on our national security,” but Kohlberg Kravis Roberts hired Petraeus , “I hope that General Petraeus will continue to provide his outstanding service and leadership to our nation as he has throughout his distinguished career.” Republican Senator John McCain said Tuesday
Petraeus and his wife, Holly, are still together.
America’s most prominent former military commander and spy chief, David Petraeus, pictured in Washington, DC, January 31, 2012, will plead guilty to illegally providing classified secrets to his mistress (AFP Photo/Karen Bleier)
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