November 14th, 2012
08:04 PM ET

The relevance of Paula Broadwell's security clearance

By Barbara Starr

As a commissioned officer in the military reserves, Paula Broadwell's security clearance would be "secret" or "top secret," which would allow her access to classified documents, according to military officials.

But exercising a security clearance depends on the type of job a person has, said the officials who spoke privately about the matter because Broadwell is entangled in an investigation of her ties to former CIA Director David Petraeus.

Related: Will scandal create national security risk?

She has been identified as his mistress. The affair forced the former four-star general to resign his post last week. She also co-authored a biography about him.

Related: Who might replace Petraeus at the CIA

As CNN first reported, her government security clearance was suspended pending the outcome of ongoing investigations, two U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Broadwell, currently a military intelligence reservist, is assigned to the Army's military academy at West Point, New York, according to her service record which lists her present assignment as "United States Military Academy Staff & Faculty." She was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in August.

A source told CNN National Security contributor Fran Townsend that Broadwell was acting as Petraeus' archivist and had documents related to his military career and that the FBI went to her house in North Carolina to look for any documents she might have.

Investigators have found classified information on a computer belonging to Broadwell, a law enforcement source told Townsend. But it was not clear if this was a computer seized at her home or one she had previously given to authorities when she cooperated with their inquiries about the Petraeus matter in September, Townsend said.

Related: Petraeus stand-in has been through this before

Broadwell's clearance and rights to view documents could put her in legal jeopardy if she did not follow the procedures.

Under federal law, if Broadwell has classified material in her home she must show she has authority to have it, that it relates to her work in military intelligence and that she is following all security and safety measures to safeguard the material, military officials told CNN.

Broadwell has said that she was working on a second book about Petraeus. Her LinkedIn profile lists her as "Archivist/Biographer for General (Retired) David Petreaus." Her first book, 'All In,' was a look at Petraeus' leadership.

Broadwell has spoken about how she had to deal with sensitive information in the course of researching her first book.

"I had to follow very clear lines of non-disclosure and sign non-disclosure agreements, like my colleagues. I felt like I was almost held to a higher level of accountability because I could lose my clearance," Broadwell said in a speech last year. "I think it was important to inform my writing, but I knew there was a clear line that I couldn't cross when I was writing it out."

Petraeus insists he never shared classified information with Broadwell, said retired military officer John Nagl who has spoken with Petraeus in recent days.

The intertwining of Broadwell's military role and her close access to Petraeus, makes the investigation complicated, said Townsend.

"As a reservist, she had, we're told, top-secret compartmented information clearance. But that clearance is only in place, if you will, active when she's on reserve duty. Clearly when she was embedded with Petraeus, getting ready as his biographer to write a book, that clearance didn't apply," said Townsend.

Townsend said where it gets really complicated is if Broadwell was privvy to information gleaned while being given access while writing the book.

"So she really should not have been given access. And she wouldn't have unless David Petraeus walked her into the room and invited her into these classified briefings," Townsend said. "You know, if the general brings her into a room where there's a classified conversation, you really put the onus then on his subordinates to raise the question of whether or not they can talk in front of her.

"And, of course, they're taking their signal from the general. If he's bringing her in, it's implicit that they're able to speak in front of her. And so I think this is a pretty complicated investigation, both for the FBI and for the Justice Department," Townsend said.

Senior federal law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told CNN that there is no indication Petraeus disclosed classified material to Broadwell.

The Army refused to publicly confirm the suspension of Broadwell's security clearance, first reported on CNN, but issued a statement:

"The Army has been cooperating with federal law enforcement authorities in this matter, and those actions are ongoing. Appropriate actions with regard to this officer's clearance and access have been taken," said George Wright, deputy director of Army media relations.

soundoff (388 Responses)
  1. Dawna Robertson

    Broadwell needs to be dishonorably discharged, end of story. Her conduct was unbecoming of an officer; she used her position for personal gain ( in more ways than one–don't laugh!), she leaked classified information, AND photos of her in uniform with Karl Rove raise serious questions of political shenanigans during a contentious election. She is not fit to serve or lead as an officer. Behaviors of both Broadwell and Petraeus were unethical and arrogant.

    December 1, 2012 at 9:03 am | Reply
  2. manyote

    One can have any level of clearance but along with that comes "the need to know". Did she really have it? Just because one has the clearance does not give freee reign to any and all classified information.

    November 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  3. abmri60

    The fact that she opened up her mouth at Denver University about Benghazi was not the right thing to do.
    Just wait what the outcome will be .....court martial likely ?!?

    November 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  4. glades2

    ...court-martial...

    November 27, 2012 at 9:50 am | Reply
  5. glades2

    You'd have to wonder if she'll face a court-marshall for this grave offense...

    November 27, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
  6. Raven

    Leave her along buttheads muslim Raven says

    November 27, 2012 at 12:19 am | Reply
  7. REDFIREBALL

    CNN ROLAND MARTIN -- Once again, you rear your ugly head to join the blck chorus against Gov Romney - Hey Brother Ray, the Marines only want a few good men. We` Republicans are Conservative, NOT secular progressive like you and your baptist minister wife (I thought women to remain silent in the congregation according to the Apostle Paul's letter to the Corinthians) -anyway, we are rich and proud of it okay? If POTUS did NOT promise tax-paid "FREE STUFF" to get votes ,t hen he will have no problem watching us slash and burn lots of silly expenditures from the 2013 Budget.

    November 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
    • TexMan

      Come on everyone ...... this twit is a GOP / GOTP Rovian wringer. Ignore him .... he will go away. His sole paid purpose is to deflect and distract the conversation. I have to give him credit for the fact that it seems to be working for him so far.

      Adios MF

      November 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  8. Farrok

    I have an idea: why doesn’t the Public leave these couples alone. Their personal failings have been drug through the National news. Let them all go to marriage counseling and reclaim their lives and their marriages.

    November 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  9. GatorDude

    There is still more to the security clearance question -
    1. "Need to Know" – Just because you hold a clearance doesn't mean you have an established "need to know" information outside of your area of concern. When I held a clearance as an Army contractor, I'm pretty sure I'd have been in trouble if I was running around with Navy secrets.
    2. Passing on information about possible CIA activities at the Benghazi consulate may be a problem.

    November 16, 2012 at 10:05 am | Reply
  10. zagloba

    The people complaining about President Obama are all extremely little people. They are inherently racist but would never admit it. Just like the girl who tweeted she hopes Obama is assassinated. "But I'm not racist, " she exclaimed, like it was a normal feeling to hope your newly elected president is killed. I run into these people at work. They are poorly educated and they express paranoid delusions concerning the UN, Bengazi (because Rush says so), the national debt, etc. Not one of these people thought about the national debt for the eight years George W. Bush was in office, but they have their talking points, even if they don't understand them. And by golly, they are not going to stand for having a black man in the White House.

    November 16, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • Replytoamoron

      So, every person who does not like Obama is a racist? What about an African American? Do you think they all like Obama? Are they racists too? I love this, the liberals win the election and they're still mad.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • RMM

      The individuals who accuse anybody who is opposed to Obama with racism are the real petty minded people. Put away the race card, fool.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:39 am | Reply
  11. trek820

    It definately shows a lapse in judgement. Fortunately, maybe, the lapse took place at a non-critical moment, versus say something more important and of National concern.

    November 16, 2012 at 7:20 am | Reply
  12. Nicah

    The thoughtless actions of both the officers disrespect the sacrifices of so many veterans injured and maimed by these terrible overseas wars; notwithstanding their personal statements to contrary. So....I'd say refer the case over to still-at-large Mullah Omar's Dept of Justice for adjudication. Subsequent punishment (think stoning etc) will likely serve as a much greater deterrent to unethical behavior than Panetta's ethics training.

    November 16, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply
  13. Em

    Why didn't the FBI report anything sooner? That is because Paula did something to cause the delay. She needs to be put in federal prision for life!

    November 15, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  14. Em

    Did you know that Paula is a spy and that is why she threat some other women to keep away from her man.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  15. Lin McKay

    Good. We don't need her comprising our security. She is a jealous woman who is really too smart to lower herself to the level she has now reached. It is strange that I think of her as trash and the General as a disappointment. I am guessing he didn't see her coming and she infiltrated his bleak war world away from home and he let his guard and trust down only to find he also had weaknesses. Sad for the spouses and the children. Bring Jill Kelley into the picture and I think you see the marriages of the two women splintering and classy and smart Holly Petraeus will work to heal her marriage and make the General work very hard to rebuild 38 years that he knocked down in under a year. Sad for the General after spending close to four decades with a sterling reputation.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  16. Kevin

    This whole story is just amazing, especially how Jill Kelley and her FBI pal come into the mix. That and the Director of the CIA, yes the CIA!!! being undone by an email trail. The Director of the CIA! How is that possible? This all seems so amateurish and juvenile at the same time. How is it possible that these people are so respected, honored, esteemed, qualified, etc, and brought down like this? They all have obviously worked so hard, and care about their careers, and poof, they are now the laughing stock of the world! It's just baffling, and now we're going to have to hear about it for weeks. What a time we live in.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  17. Numing

    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1288390–david-petraeus-scandal-shirtless-fbi-agent-at-centre-of-case-is-known-for-bucking-system

    More Stuff see URL

    November 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  18. reply

    If an E-7 did this kind of stuff she/he would be heading for Levenworth, KS. But, it is all Bush's fault or the YouTube video.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  19. ed gruel

    having spent 40 years in that industry, it is hard to understand what work a bimbo will be doing that requires access to classifed material.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
    • umm no

      She is a Major in the US Army. That automatically comes with security clearance which automatically grants you access to some classified material. If you really spent 40 years in that industry as you put it, you'd know that.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
      • umm not really

        She is a LT COL in the US Army Reserves. Not a MAJ. And that does NOT "automatically grant" access to ANY classified information. You must have a "need to know" for classified information pertaining to whatever project/program you are assigned. If you dont have a "need to know" you dont get briefed or have access to that data. If you had ever spent 10 minutes on any classified program, you would know that.

        November 16, 2012 at 12:56 am |
      • Dave5857

        Having rank does not "automatically" give you a classified security clearance. The DoD has programs where security clearances are not needed. And just because you have a clearance, you MUST have a Need-to-Know. A biographer does not have a need-to-know to write a book. Period! If she in fact did have classified information stashed at her home, she violated the law; she knows it, the DoD knows it, and the FBI knows it. All DoD personnel with security clearances are required to read and sign security awareness briefings every year. Does she not know how to read or does she just think the rules don't pertain to her? Recall her to active duty and court-martial her. I'd say 5 years in Leavenworth, KS might help her remember the rules.

        November 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • AM

        I could not agree more... She should be called back on and brought before a military court... Get some answers out of her if she had info in her possession.

        November 27, 2012 at 8:22 am |
      • Ryan

        Would like to know what she did to get that promotion hhmmm!?

        December 17, 2012 at 12:17 am |
  20. Obama Bin Badagin

    I want Paula Broadwell so bad. I may have to cut down on the jalapeno potato chips.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Chewbacca

      Put your money where your mouth is. How much are you willing to part with for 1 night with her?

      November 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
      • BR549

        $0.50

        November 15, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
  21. Chewbacca

    No!! Let her keep it. She earned it. "She used her head" lol!!

    November 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  22. Obama Bin Badagin

    Obama is only POTUS because he got the illegal and black racist vote.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
    • Yeah 4 more years of Obama, suck it!!!

      Ilegal vote, I am a naturalized US Citizen, and yes my vote is LEGAL!!!! suck it!!!!

      November 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Reply
    • AM

      Your an ass, and my vote counts. Where did you grow up anyway? Go vote for whoever you want. Pretty sure the rest of the country told you people where to go... Try Canada... Nice and cold up there...

      November 27, 2012 at 9:09 am | Reply
  23. psychicstalker

    The next thing we will hear is that she slept with some other general or congressman to get her security clearance back because that is just how messed up this country is. when it comes to stuff like this when she sure wasn't thinking of the US or engaging in conduct becoming of an officer when she was doing the hanky panky with a married general and US offical and sending alleged harrasing emails so I think her military career should be toast, I am not sure I would even let her peel potatoes on KP.

    November 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  24. crescent11953

    What an incompetent moron this Broadwell is. Women. They want status, power, and ERA, yet here's a classic example of how they *really* are: emotional. I mean, she's so jealous about some other woman intruding on her "affair" person that she has to email her nasty, jealous, hysterical, emails, jeopardizing everyone involved including herself. And yackin' about CIA borderline confidential crap to audiences like she's some big shot??? C'mon, what a MORON.

    November 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • Mike Hunt

      AMEN BRO!

      November 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  25. Guest

    Is it prudent to suspend - instead of revoke - Paula Broadwell's security clearance?

    She made an inappropriate disclosure by revealing - to a very public audience - that the CIA may have detained (imprisoned) militia in Benghazi prior to the attack on the US consulate.

    Is her employer the US Govt or Julian Assange of WikiLeaks?

    November 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  26. REDFIREBALL

    Sugar daddy going bye-bye soon

    November 15, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
    • Yeah 4 more years of Obama, suck it!!!

      ha ha

      November 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  27. REDFIREBALL

    The media played into Obama's hand - demonizing Gov. Romney, knowing who MA Gov. Patrick is (a black "close friend" - use your imagination - of Obambi-poo poo). So naturally the little blind obamice from Massachusetts were going to chant: "We know him and he is no good." The Democrats tax and spend -it's what they do best. Past Presidents tried to make deals to reduce the deficit - but ended up mostly allowing higher tax without getting the expenditure cuts. This was Obama's same intention -he did state that agreement on taxation was going to be first on the table, then negotiating cuts in spending for a later time right? The same old trick. Spending was NOT going to be cut. A Republican POTUS with House GOP would finally make the merciful cuts in spending needed once and for all. But again, closeness between Obama and MA Gov. Patrick blocked it - and the Media kept it hidden.

    November 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • Afghantzi

      Sure. Whatever you say there Red. Just like the last time that the GOP controlled both houses of congress and the oval office? That is pretty much the economic plan that we are working under now.
      One cool thing about having a Dem in the oval office is watching your kind suddenly morph into fiscal conservatives and worry warts of veterans issues.

      November 15, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
    • kateslate

      Everybody knows by now that republicans simply cannot do math, cannot balance a budget, and cannot predict financial outcomes. Every single time a republican president is in control, our debt goes through the roof. Bush/Cheney took us into wars we did not belong in and did not pay for it and did not tell the American people they were not paying for it.
      So we just do not want to hear what you have to say any more. Nothing in your post is true. Not to mention, your post makes no sense whatsoever.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  28. Sumsanity

    I guess this means she lost access to the General's pup tent too.?

    November 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
    • REDFIREBALL

      Get a life fool

      November 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • stone

      That was funny. But on the serious side, I hope her career is hosed also.

      November 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • Mike Hunt

      All he did was play motorboat.

      November 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  29. REDFIREBALL

    Gen. Petaeus may have "screwed up" but he is definitely more man - in every way - compared to the rest of the DNC. To see any of their faces or hear any of their voices is nausiating.

    November 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  30. REDFIREBALL

    Yes, POTUS is a "narcissistic sociopath"

    November 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • Sumsanity

      Narcissistic sociopaths everywhere are offended by your comparison of that creep in the White House to them

      November 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  31. REDFIREBALL

    General Petraeus does serve as a model of honor and valor - more than the little blind obamice will ever know.

    November 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • alfosno

      no he dont he got caught with his peinus in his hand.thinking with wrong head.

      November 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
      • Mike Hunt

        ..........................whatever a peinus is.

        November 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  32. REDFIREBALL

    As a U.S. Naval Vet, let me be the first to salute General Petraeus. - Thank you Sir

    November 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • umm no

      As a US Army vet let me counter by saying that Petraeus is a disgrace to himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

      I wonder how many people he punished under article 134 of the UCMJ for doing the exact same thing he was doing.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
      • sensor

        Bingo

        November 16, 2012 at 7:33 am |
      • Ryan

        Hopefully the authorities/Army will do the right thing

        December 17, 2012 at 12:19 am |
  33. zlop

    Steve Pieczenik, per Alex Jones, says this was a Neo-Con False Flag October Surprise against Obama.
    Arms provider, the Arabist Ambassador was nullified - Per Hilary orders, Generals Stood down.
    After neglecting to Stand Forward to protect US personnel - the General fell on his sword.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  34. dentate

    Security clearance. Why did she have one to start? The clearance she lost should have been access to Petraeus' pants...

    November 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  35. Robert

    Why does any active general have a biographer running around with him? Seems very narcissistic to me. I know that he is retired now.....but, he had her writing about him while on active duty also.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • TexMan

      He was "mentoring" her. Go figure. All this time I thought that word meant something else.

      November 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
      • Yeah 4 more years of Obama, suck it!!!

        what a shame but you are right

        November 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • Kenneth

      That's actually pretty standard for someone in his position. They are national figures and history has its place.
      Macarthur was a serious publicity who re.

      November 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
    • zlop

      Leaking details that the Black house left out - Paula was a targeted spokeswoman.
      (CIA enhanced interrogation base, connected to the Benghazi Embassy)

      November 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  36. Eddie Haskell

    Who thinks her husband will divorce her and who thinks her husband will forgive her and stay with her?

    November 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • El Flaco

      Why would anyone divorce his wife because she had an affair? It's not like she stole money from him.

      November 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • skeezicks

      could it be the newly appointed LtCol is a mischievious little dickens who has more testosterone and ego than ex-Gov.Schwartzenoodle...

      November 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  37. Eddie Haskell

    Her security clearance is not the only thing she lost!!!!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  38. bill

    He clearance was most likely TS. This is not good for her. If she cannot have her clearance restored within a year, she would be fired. Smart thing for her to do is resign before she loses her pension. Once it is determined to court marshal or fire her, it is too late to resign. The retired General cannot be prosecuted under the UCMJ or military law since he is retired.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
    • DJ

      Oh, yes, the retired general CAN be prosecuted under UCMJ since he is receiving retired pay. To prosecute, they would have to bring him BACK to active duty and charge him. Most likely they wont do that.

      November 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • Kathy

      If he is collecting a military pension he can still be charged with violating the UCMJ if found to be guilty.

      November 15, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • Old Soldier

      Wow! Got a lot of military expertise on this article's comment area. An officer doesn't "get" a security clearance because he/she is an officer. The security clearances come because, as an officer, you must have a security clearance. Losing all security clearances would cause her dismissal. Having a TS, TSBI-SCI or other clearance is due to her "need to know" versus her "right to know" is based on job, need for varying clearance levels, subject matters, etc. as a Military Intelligence officer, her job in the Reserves might very well require a TS or similar clearance: unlike you all, I don't know her job in the Reserves. Additionally, she apparently works as a civilian at West Point in some capacity. I worked with West Point civilians writing books and studies many times. They all had to provide clearance verification by their office's security staff with stated reason for the classified information transfer, length of time the access was required, etc. just having a clearance isn't all that important: but it is vitally important if you want/need access to a subject. If she were to resign, it wouldn't save her retirement pay: a resignation means you walk away with nothing! GEN P is retired, but as a General Officer, his retirement differs from other retirements. Whereas any retired officer can be recalled to Active Duty (based on a tier system using age and length of time retired), a GO is carried as retired, but must remain current on programs, TTP developments, RDTE, etc. they serve as "Gray Beards" who can be called in to advise serving leaders, and share heir expertise. Adultery is an offense under the UCMJ, but I honestly can't recall anyone...enlisted or commissioned...charged for adultery. I have served as a Summary Court Martial officer (meaning one officer serving as judge and jury) and member of Special Court Martial board (a group of officers judging a case as somewhat like a tribunal, if you will) on cases where adultery was involved. But in every case, the defendant was charged with conduct unbecoming an officer (the adultery being part of his conduct). Additionally, senior officers aren't routinely court martialled...they are normally allowed to retire or resign in order to keep misconduct by a senior leader under the radar. It's bad for morale seeing your leaders paraded in a court proceeding. Two excellent examples are Ollie North and Allen West. And folks, there is nothing all that special about military folks: they are just humans doing a job. Some succeed, some fail. They aren't Demi-gods, just common people doing uncommon work. With 30 years in combat boots, I love all my brothers and sisters in/out of uniform. Even GEN P and A! Tchuss!

      November 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  39. KJL

    Curious to know if the book "All In" includes any mention that Petraeus cheated on his wife. Perhaps that juicy tidbit of his life story will be included in the second book. I wonder how the biographer, who is also the subject's mistress, approaches a chapter like that. Will she quote herself?

    November 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  40. Blue_Firewall

    REDFIREBALL is really creepy.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  41. REDFIREBALL

    POTUS said: "Come and get me" - Romney and Ryan laugh wickedly in his dark nightmares.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Reply
    • Kenneth

      I see redhairball is still trolling for attention. Well, as a Christian I am morally obligated to be there for him.
      Hey Red! How's it going? How's work? Did your mom get home okay?

      November 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  42. fryuujin

    does she still have spy status and get to keep her secret weapon that she keeps between her legs?

    November 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  43. Buh-Bye

    Her career is simply kaput....no clearance = no access = no reason to hire her. Hope it was all worth it.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • El Flaco

      So two loco gals get into a cat fight and ruin the lives of two prominent families. Petraeus would have been better off if he had been gay.

      November 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Reply
      • Bored

        Actually, Potus ruined the lives of two families when he decided to stop thinking with his head on his shoulders. Plain and simple.

        November 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • jfc1

      re: the clearance and her career, it's mostly wrong here.

      Basically, technically, a clearance is only issued when there is a need to know that is relevant to a support role. That clearance is issued at the request of a sponsor by the clearing agency. The clearing agency will balance the risk against the reward, based on the sponsors' assessment of the reward and the agencies' assessment of risk. Her clearance may be suspended at the moment but the risk is always there. The moment that information is recorded there is a risk of having it fall into the wrong hands. So she ultimately is no more or less of a risk than anyone else with access to that information. Even Osama bin Laden, were he still alive, could get a TS clearance as long as he passes the technical requirements and his sponsor sufficiently justifies his need to get a clearance. Broadwell will get hers back as long as she likewise can justify the risk of giving her one. And yes there are many. But there are many terrorists out there and ultimately the main concern is protecting American interests. This isn't about politics, this is about national security.

      November 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  44. anna lee

    🔴🔴🔴🔴 Dumb B!t(h

    November 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  45. REDFIREBALL

    Trumped POTUS knows a Buffed Economy knows no bias - just suffers from a severe case of Romnesia

    November 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  46. Jack Butler

    As a Commissioned Officer in the US Military in violation of the UCMJ pursuant to Article 134, she should be formerly charged, processed and dishonorably discharged from the services for being that ridiculously stupid.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • El Flaco

      That is a stupid regulation that should have been repealed decades ago. Who you sleep with is not the Pentagon's business

      November 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Dennis Montero

      If she's a drilling reservist and wasn't on ADOS or ADSW active orders UCMJ will not fly for her. She can still lose her clearance which means she will have to resign annnnd lose her pension if she doesn't have 20 qualifying years yet.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
    • Army Mustang

      If the affair started after his retirement from the military, UCMJ will not fly either.

      November 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
      • TexMan

        Does it really matter? She has lost her security clearance. Her next military job will be the military equivalent of sanitation worker. (no offense intended to real sanitation workers)

        November 15, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
  47. T Diemer

    I think she is nuts!!! True or not, she never should have gone public wit hte Benghazi information. If it is true, she is revealing state secrets. If false she is crazy too.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  48. REDFIREBALL

    May the Blue POTUS sleep well in W.H. Luxury Suite California King clean sheets -- while he still can enjoy it.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • bermille

      Better than Romeny will.

      November 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  49. REDFIREBALL

    President Obama - charges of manslaughter for negligent lack of accountability applies to both private an public sectors in our "New America" - you taught your blind obamice poorly - just ask BP, Congress and the Justice Department - or maybe the former NYS Attorney General: "Justice before Politics?"

    November 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • bermille

      You're a republican, no wonder you give too much credence to one person.

      November 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
      • REDFIREBALL

        Oh cute little blind blue obamouse - you have no clue - better go seek "free stuff" shelter quick ;-)

        November 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  50. Wallflower

    It sure is hard to lose your security clearance, even now it's just temporary, pending further investigation. She has ridden the general horse until he is foaming at the bit. Please, don't write another book. It's not just painful for the family, we ALL are held hostage. Just make it stop Paula.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  51. REDFIREBALL

    The power of International Money over New American Politics - when all the laughter dies in deep fear

    November 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Reply
    • bermille

      Yes republicans should be fearful of their irrelevance from now until the next century

      November 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  52. Ash

    The US military has a problem in my opinion. It's been infiltrated by these Kardahian-wannabes. And, we as the taxpayers deserve better!

    November 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  53. Brilliant

    Not much is mentioned about her husband. He has two young children with this woman, and he might have learned about this from the news. Even worse is he is watching it on the news. Knowing everytime she was over seas, she was banging someone else. Nice. And just as bad, the whole thing came to light because his wife, someone else's mistress, was jealous of another woman who may or may not have been interested in petraeus!! If her husband runs the table on her for everything she has, it still wouldn't be enough. Tho I'm sure it will be entertaining to listen in on conversations with her kids when they really understand what mommy did. Great role model.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  54. Just say no

    What?

    November 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  55. SNAFU 6

    JEALOUSY REARS IT'S UGLY HEAD. What I want to know is; who does this broad Broadwell think she is? Giving a speech on video about what she thinks happened in Bengahzi to a bunch of college students? She did this stupid act knowing that she has a secret clearance status! She was not supposed to speak on anything about what she sees classified in the military, especially if it's an ongoing investigation! Gen. Patreaus was not thinking with the right head when he allowed her to ever get a clearance. She could have written a book about Patraeus without it. 2: The typical jealous female trait kicked in as soon as she learned of another female playing around her territory (the Generals). Now her emotions and hormones decide to send sloppy emails and caused Jill Kelly to report her to the FBI. Beauty, Brains and No Common Sense. This is a textbook drama queen resulted fiasco.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • Brilliant

      You're right. She should have gone about it like a man. Face to face confrontation that leads to physical violence, and occasionally murder :-D

      November 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
      • SNAFU 6

        No, she should have gone about it like somebody with comon sense to realize that she is a married women that did something wrong, and the officers involved are also married and not to make the situation worse than it already is by acting like a jealous little girl trying to be an internet bully.

        November 16, 2012 at 8:51 am |
      • moonlight

        Scott Broadwell better wake up to a stronger coffee ultra fast because this Paula broad is dangerous to her own immediate family, to any Public Administration Policy group should she ever landed a job due to her rubbing hot bod and shining her dark brain thoughts with some other big lame brain egotistical narcisstic top male figure, or to any social group because she only wants credibility. What credibility LOL. Her speech at U. Denver was so unethical in that since she was retelling a piece of news just released by a TV network jounalist she should have respected that journalist by quoting the journalist not speaking on first term like she was a news reporter! Shame on her. The clip showed her was trembling on her words trying to dupe the listening group that she KNOWS EVERYTHING. U. of Denver should have pulled the plug on this clip. Why repost? There is just no credibility from her uttering every word! This broad Paula Broadwell is just too much for society– the Army should reenlist her to go active duty to serve in the front line, since she seems to enjoy being a macho military brat and get herself killed. She is a homewrecker to her own family to the "endearing" Scott ( that is what he portrays) , homewrecker to Holly Petraeus especially she interviewed the former General's wife so she could understand and need to know how this David Petraeus lives as a husband, and an assin to Jill Kelley. Poor Jill Kelly. I feel sorry for her . This whole thing created by this broad Broadwell is a sad and disgusting. She must stop hurting more people who might be or not be in her way. I hope the society will not buy her second book she has hurted the Petraeus too much and her own nation as well. This Broadwell must be shunned for life for the heartbreaks she has done to the families involved. Maybe this Broadwell should go make some movie like James Bond or something. Or maybe another La Femme Fatale role (I love the original French version). She is too smart for her own good. It's a shame that she would use whatever credential she has incurred to mess up everybody's lives. I pray to Alllah to teach her a lesson of what a dutify wife and a responsible citizen to her nation is.

        November 18, 2012 at 2:29 am |
  56. REDFIREBALL

    Obnoxious MSNBC political laughter will soon fade in the thick fog of economic fear.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  57. Mary

    Sort of agree with MU, although I think this chick and the general are equally to blame.
    He's pretty dumb to allow something like this to happen, AND to get caught. I mean, come on, he was supposedly a great commander and he was head of the CIA. You'd think he could have planned better and been more secretive.
    What I do agree with, in general, is that this Broadwell chick has just given a very clear example of why people think some women sleep their way to the top.....it is because some do. Makes it harder for the ones that don't.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  58. RRMON

    I envision a 2016 Republican presidential run by Paula Broadwell.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Z_2k

      Was Roseanne Barr/Cindy Sheehan on your ballot for Pres/V.P ? It was in FL....why do we allow such people to make a mockery of our country and politics ? BECAUSE OUR COUNTRY AND POLITICS ARE A MOCKERY OF WHAT THEY USED TO BE. 7796 Florida Fools voted for Barr/Sheehan.

      November 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
    • Brilliant

      Running on family values lol and how gays in the military really screw everything up :-p

      November 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  59. zlop

    Behind the Curtains - Underneath the Cover Story - Starting to come into focus.
    Paula was a Spokes-Woman for the Military - Revealed CIA/White House torture base in Benghazi.
    Black House LBGT operatives declared War on the insolent Generals.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  60. nubs

    All i want is a 1st ed 1st printing of the book ,thank about it's going to be worth something , might as well get something while we all get screwed

    November 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • jsokol1626

      Can you say that again in a sentence we can all understand?

      November 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
      • zlop

        Only the iZombies cannot understand.

        November 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • jsokol1626

      Zombies huh? Your credibility goes out the window when your intellect isn't capable of constructing a sentence.

      November 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  61. REDFIREBALL

    The Democrats will continue to do their spin as the recession deepens slowly at first - residual blame on Bush, Richmen Romnesia wishes, then eventually on House GOP - until there is no spin left and the economy goes tumbling downhill fast. Very deep tax and expenditure cuts. The Red Court Jester laughs as the Blue King bows his head in shame - and all the Little Obamice burn in Romnesia Fire.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • sensor

      Your a discredit to your self with every other comment being about obama, the domcrats and those that voted for them. Nothing to do with Broadwell and security clearances.

      November 16, 2012 at 7:34 am | Reply
  62. Retired Army Officer

    Ouch!!

    November 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  63. MU

    OK I JUST WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT SHE HAS MORE FAULT THEN PETRAUS A WOMEN IS CALLED WHAT THEY ARE CALLED BECAUSE THEY CAN THROW THEMSELVES AT A MAN AND ARE NOT REJECTED, WHILE A MAN (UNLESS A RAPIST) CAN THROW THEMSELVES AT WOMEN AND THEY ARE SLAPPED. BROADWELL NEEDED TO KEEP THINGS PROFESSIONAL SHE DIDNT HAVE TO GIVE IN LIKE A TRAMP, SHES SERIOUSLY TRAUMATIZING A FAMILY. NEVERTHELESS THIS JUST CREATES A BAD IMAGE FOR ALL WOMEN WHO WORK WITH MARRIED MEN AND ALSO WILL CONTINUE THE BIASED WORK WORLD AMONG THE MALE AND FEMALE. THANKS GIRL ALL THAT WORK JUST TO BE KNOWN AS THE ONE THAT MESSED IT UP FOR EVERYONE ,OR AT LEAST UNTIL NO ONE CAN REMEMBER.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • Bored

      Negative. POTUS is to blame for allowing himself to think with the head that is not attached to his shoulders. ESPECIALLY if you're in such a position. WHAT A TOTAL IDIOT.

      November 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
      • Old Soldier

        Really? POTUS is the President of the United States of America. How did you manage to place him inside this? I realize any writers here have axes to grind and poor writing skills. But putting POTUS in here like he was diddling Broadwell goes beyond the pale! It was Patraeus who was diddling her; he was the one thinking with his tiny brain; the President's involvement came by receiving and accepting Patreaus' resignation letter. Get a life; get out of the basement; and read news articles. Tchuss!

        November 30, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  64. zlop

    Paula was fast tracked to fame, and is now, used as a distraction agent, in the Generals take Down.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
    • Columbo

      Yeah, Obama told them to go sleep with each other (sarcasm). Silly zlop

      November 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • Domokun

      President Obama asked the general not to step down FYI. The general is an honorable man in at least the sense he knows he screwed up and resigned himself. Broadwell should be criminally charged for making it harder for women to serve and not be stereotyped. Now back to work so i can hire more people instead of using affordable healthcare act as a reason to fire them.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  65. Chulada

    Wow, what a shame! So many lives ruined:(

    November 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • zlop

      They will be re-cycled.
      The General did not have balls to Stand Forward, ignore Hilary Stand Down commands and save Americans.
      The General fell on his sword, and will keep his pension.
      Had he directly accused Hilary of issuing the Benghazi Stand Down - solitary with Bradley Manning ?

      November 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • jsokol1626

      The shame is that 4 people in high positions squandered their reputations and hurt their families out of lust. The person to be most concerned about is clearly Kelley. This woman is living well beyond her means and travels in some exclusive circles. what's the keep her from selling out to people who would pay a good price for information she has gathered?

      November 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
      • zlop

        "what's the keep her from selling out to people who would pay a good price for information she has gathered?"

        She needs to do it quickly - before she gets nullified.
        Or will CNN/CIA offer her a high paying disinformation job ?

        November 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
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