Gmail probe led FBI to CIA chief David Petraeus’s affair

Petraeus affair rules for living

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Intelligence Report


CIA director David Petraeus‘s extra-marital affair, which forced him to resign, was uncovered during an investigation into a potential breach of his Gmail account, reports say. Unnamed officials said the FBI was checking his private account when it found Mr Petraeus was having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Mr Petraeus described his behaviour as “unacceptable” for the leader of the nation’s main intelligence agency.  Shortly after Mr Petraeus resigned, reports emerged that the FBI had uncovered the affair during the course of an investigation into a potential breach involving his emails. The FBI was monitoring Mr Petraeus’s email account to check whether Mrs Broadwell had access to it, administration officials were quoted as saying. FBI agents then met Mr Petraeus to discuss the investigation. Announcing his decision to stand down, the former general was full of contrition. Paula Broadwell graduated from the same West Point academy as Mr Petraeus Mrs Broadwell is a Harvard University research associate and PhD candidate at King’s College, London. She has a military background, graduating from the same West Point Academy as Mr Petraeus. She is married to radiographer Scott Broadwell and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. She spent months alongside the then-general in Afghanistan while researching her 2011 book, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. The book was widely seen as a positive account of his leadership methods. Last week Mrs Broadwell wrote a piece for Newsweek entitled General David Petraeus’s Rules for Living. Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod said the president had not known about the Petraeus issue during the campaign, and that the former general had come to Mr Obama after the election to offer his resignation. CIA deputy director Michael Morell will serve as acting director of the agency, the White House confirmed. Eventually Mr Obama must nominate a new director to head the agency, who will then need to be confirmed by the Senate. Mr Morell, who is well respected at both the White House and on Capitol Hill, also served as acting director following the departure of former CIA chief Leon Panetta. He is expected to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee at a hearing scheduled for next week on the deaths of US personnel during an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The CIA faces a potential period of instability after Mr Petraeus’ resignation, as it also deals with a budget squeeze. BBC News











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