Former CIA Director David Petraeus, who resigned today for having an extramarital affair, was reportedly romantically involved with his biographer, according to the New York Post and other media outlets.
Paula Broadwell, a West Point graduate as is Petraeus, is the co-author of All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. She was “embedded” with the general in Afghanistan when he was commander of US Forces Afghanistan and of the International Security Assistance Force.
NBC News reports that Broadwell “is under FBI investigation for improperly trying to access [Petraeus’] email and possibly gaining access to classified information.” Apparently the affair came to light as a result of the FBI investigation.
Petraeus, one of the country’s most respected military leaders, was supposed to testify next week before Congress about the Benghazi, Libya terrorist attack that resulted in the murder of four Americans. He resigned from the military and became CIA Director in September 2011. His wife of 38 years Holly works for the Obama administration in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Broadwell, an officer in the Army Reserves, is also married. She is a research associate at Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership and a doctoral candidate in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.
Broadwell’s website is apparently offline, but according to The Daily Caller …
“A fit, attractive married mother of two, Broadwell spent three years conducting research on the book, which her website says included ‘extensive access by General Petraeus, his mentors, his subordinates, and his longtime friends.’ “
President Bush appointed General Petraeus to oversee the 2007 troop surge in Iraq. Bush later promoted Petraeus to commander of U.S. Central Command.
Watch Paula Broadwell talk about the General Petraeus biography on the Daily Show: