|FORT MYER, VA - AUGUST 31: U.S. Gen. David Petraeus (L) reacts to applause with his wife, Holly Petraeus, during an Armed Forces Farewell Tribute and Retirement Ceremony August 31, 2011 at Ft. Myer, Virginia. Petraeus is leaving the U.S. Army after 37 years in the service to serve as the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
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It is our belief, the timing and release of information on the scandal, along with the announced resignation, is part of an elaborate plot of smokescreens and misdirection to lure the American public and mainstream media, away from more important matters involving our country's future and immediate stability.
The Baltimore Spectator maintains the contention that Paula Broadwell was part of a deliberate honey trap, playing into his ego, weakness and vulnerabilities, meant to ensnare and entangle the general, so that he may be disposed of at the convenience of the administration. In other words, there meeting was no accident, she was put upon him.
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On November 9, 2012, as a result of an affair between Paula Broadwell and David Petraeus, Petraeus resigned as CIA Director.
--See main article: Paula Broadwell
Paula Broadwell grew up in North Dakota, where in high school she was valedictorian, student council president, homecoming queen and an all-state basketball player, according to a biography on the Century High School web site. She went on to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where she graduated with academic, fitness and leadership honors, according to a biography promoting a speech to the World Affairs Council of Charlotte. She has held positions in the U.S. intelligence community, U.S. Special Operations Command and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces.
--See main article: David Petraeus
David Petraeus (born November 7, 1952) is an American former military officer and public official. He served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September 6, 2011, until his resignation on November 9, 2012. Prior to his assuming the directorship of the CIA, Petraeus was a four-star general serving over 37 years in the United States Army.
His last assignments in the Army were as commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) from July 4, 2010 to July 18, 2011. His other four-star assignments include serving as the 10th Commander, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) from October 13, 2008, to June 30, 2010, and as Commanding General, Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF-I) from February 10, 2007, to September 16, 2008. As commander of MNF-I, Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq.
-- See main article Jill Kelley
Kelley and her husband became friends with Petraeus and his wife, Holly, when Petraeus was head of the military’s Central Command, which has its headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Kelley, who lives in Tampa, volunteers to help injured service members and military families at MacDill. She has been photographed with the Petraeuses at social events in Tampa. She is married to a doctor and has three children.
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Broadwell first met Petraeus when she was a soldier-turned-graduate student at Harvard University. The U.S. Army general gave her his card and offered to help her with her studies. Broadwell soon began trading emails with the general, and four years later she was in Afghanistan turning a dissertation about his leadership into a book. Interviews for the book often took place on endurance-testing runs together, she would later say.
The affair began after Petraeus retired from the Army in August 2011 and ended in late-summer 2012.
Broadwell's book, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, co written with Vernon Loeb, a writer for the Washington Post, is released in early 2012. The book receives positive reviews.
In early May Jill Kelley, an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa receives five to 10 threatening emails. Kelley did not know who sent the emails but fearing for her safety complained to an F.B.I. agent who is also a personal friend.
A government official told the New York Post that the emails contained such language as: 'I know what you did,' 'back off' and 'stay away from my guy.' The official added: '[Broadwell] clearly thought something was going on' and thought she was in a 'lovers triangle.'
Some appeared to be accusing her of an inappropriate relationship but didn't name Petraeus. Agents determined the emails were sent from an account shared by Broadwell and her husband, who live in North Carolina. 
The agents spent weeks piecing together who may have sent them. They used metadata from the emails to determine what locations they were sent from. They matched the places, including hotels, where Broadwell was during the times the emails were sent.
FBI agents and federal prosecutors used the information as probable cause to seek a warrant to monitor Broadwell's email accounts.
They learned that Broadwell and Petraeus had set up private Gmail accounts to use for their communications, which included explicit details of a sexual nature. But because Mr. Petraeus used a pseudonym, agents doing the monitoring didn't immediately uncover that he was the one communicating with Broadwell.
CIA officers long had expressed concern about Broadwell's unprecedented access to the director. She frequently visited the spy agency's headquarters in Langley, Virginia, to meet Petraeus in his office, accompanied him on morning runs around the CIA grounds and often attended public functions as his guest, according to two ex-intelligence officials.
By late summer, after the monitoring of Broadwell's emails uncovered the link to Petraeus, prosecutors and agents alerted senior officials at FBI and the Justice Department, includingEric Holder. The investigators never monitored Petraeus's email accounts.
When Petraeus’s name surfaced, FBI investigators were concerned that the CIA director’s personal e-mail account had been hacked and that national security had been threatened.
Prosecutors and agents began a legal analysis to determine whether there were any charges that could be brought. Among the discussions: whether to interview Broadwell, who was the focus of the criminal probe, and Petraeus. Top officials signed off on the interviews.
During Broadwell's first interview in September, she admitted to the affair and turned over her computer, the officials said. On her computer, investigators found classified documents, the U.S. officials said, a discovery that raised new concerns.
At Petraeus's interview in the week before the election, he also admitted the affair and said he hadn't provided the classified documents to Ms. Broadwell. He was informed that no criminal charges would be brought and no-one is thought to have discussed the possibility of his resignation. But, according to the Washington Post, after an investigation Justice Department officials were unclear what to do next, because no crime had occurred nor breach of security.
Eric Cantor is contacted by an FBI whistleblower who tells him of the affair.
Agents conducted a second interview with Broadwell. She also said Mr. Petraeus wasn't the source of the classified documents.
On election night, the Justice Department informed the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., that their investigation had unearthed compromising information about the CIA director. Clapper then spoke with Petraeus and urged him to resign, notifying the White House the next day. This sequence has become a source of controversy, raising questions among some members of Congress about why key intelligence committees were not notified earlier and why the FBI waited before informing the administration about a probe that had stumbled onto embarrassing details about the CIA chief.
President Obama summons Petraeus to the White House and “made the decision alone overnight” to accept his CIA director’s resignation, the official said.
Obama notified his senior staff, then made two calls, first to Petraeus and then to the man now serving as acting CIA director, Michael J. Morell.
Speculation arises that a letter sent to The New York Times Ethicist in July 2012 was actually sent by Broadwell's husband. The New York Times later refutes that it was sent by him.
Cantor contacted by FBI whistleblower two weeks before scandal broke
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor reveals that he spoke to an FBI whistle-blower two weeks ago (mid-late October) who accused then-CIA Director David Petraeus of having an extramarital affair and potentially jeopardizing the security of classified information, according to a news report.
- "CANTOR: “I was contacted by an F.B.I. employee concerned that sensitive, classified information may have been compromised and made certain [FBI] Director Mueller was aware of these serious allegations and the potential risk to our national security."
Fienstein: Petraeus news like "lightning bolt"
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who leads the Senate intelligence Committee and planned to have Petraeus testify this week on the Sept. 11 attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya and three other Americans, said she first learned of Petraeus' affair from the media late last week and was dumbstruck when Petraeus confirmed the affair to her in a telephone call Friday (9 Nov). She said she has since been briefed by the FBI but wants to know why the bureau didn't notify her sooner that the CIA chief was at the center of a serious inquiry.
Feinstein said she hasn't ruled out compelling Petraeus to testify about Benghazi at a later date. "We may well ask" him at some point, she said. "I think that's up to the committee."
The FBI did not inform the committees that oversee the CIA until Friday, after the news about Petraeus broke. FBI officials have explained that the committees weren't informed because the matter started as a criminal investigation.
Official: Broadwell emailed woman in Florida
A senior U.S. military official identified the second woman as Jill Kelley, 37, who lives in Tampa, Fla., and serves as the State Department's liaison to the military's Joint Special Operations Command, where among other duties, secret drone missions are worked on. There's no evidence Kelley was having an affair with Petraeus as well — just that she had received emails from Broadwell that warranted a complaint against the 40-year-old married biographer.
Graham: Petraeus should testify
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. said that Petraeus should testify at the upcoming Senate Hearings on the Benghazi Attack. "I don't see how in the world you can find out what happened in Benghazi before, during and after the attack if General Petraeus doesn't testify." 
- NBC News Petraeus' biographer Paula Broadwell under FBI investigation over access to his email, law enforcement officials say 
- CNN Petraeus Sworn-in as CIA Director 
- New York Times Petraeus Quits; Evidence of Affair Was Found by F.B.I. 
- New York Times Officials Say F.B.I. Knew of Petraeus Affair in the Summer 
- AP Official: Petraeus Paramour Emailed Woman in Florida 
- Tampa Bay Times Gasparilla invades Tampa 
- Charlotte Observer Charlotte author chronicles Gen. Petraeus' war career 
- Chicago Tribune Petraeus relationship leads to book, scandal for Broadwell 
- New York Post Petraeus' mistress sent harassing e-mails to woman who 'threatened' relationship: sources 
- Wall Street Journal FBI Scrutinized on Petraeus 
- Politico FBI whistle-blower contacted Eric Cantor on David Petraeus affair
- Washington Post FBI probe of Petraeus triggered by e-mail threats from biographer, officials say 
- CBS News Petraeus news hit Feinstein like "lightning bolt" 
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