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 (406 Responses)

    Just part of the big international game - you will learn as you watch and suffer soon 😉

    November 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  2. ug

    Talk about ho! that is one ugly gal!...LOL!

    November 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • opine23

      That's your opinion, m'man! Your opinion!

      November 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply

    Recession soon to come back harder - taxes cut deep - deep cuts in expenditures - nothing will be left to give away to poor little blue obamice - Richman already warned Lazurus

    November 15, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  4. dasea

    Help me if I am wrong here, but doesn't losing security clearance in effect end her career in the US Army.

    US Army fired beaurocratic style. wipshaaaaaa

    November 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • geeworker

      big picture answer Yes kind of hard to work in intelligence field without access to classified material. but I'm sure they will just reassign her

      November 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • Rezat

      Uh maaaan ... other generals say 🙂

      November 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply

    Donald Trump and Warren Buffett - they smile and wait in the silent shadows - they know something. DT never "irrelevant" - soon the little blue Obamice run away. Nothing to do with "fiscal cliff." The media was already told - but did it listen? No it did not.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Redfireball, Can I get some of the drugs you are taking? I mean seriously your life must be a major trip....

      November 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • Huh?

      Ooookkkay Mr. Fireball. Time to back on your meds again. It appears you've lost your mind again.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  6. brian

    did they make her turn in her camouflage straightjacket too?

    November 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  7. Rezat

    I wonder what General really thought about sleeping with other people wife before it went bust. I'm interested about his true opinion and not "the colossal mistake" made up for public after he was caught.

    Was he probably thinking that ... man I'm even smarter than Clinton!!... or ...F%ck Kennedy for not knowing how to cover his s&%t... or ... I showed myself that I can do this even as CIA boss ...

    Please suggest.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
    • Kenneth

      When my brother's wife left him for another man, she said, "The heart wants what the heart wants." A year later the guy nearly beat her to death.
      I guess the heart is pretty stupid.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • Lorena

      This affair was a lack of self control and restraint,which is what all infidelity in marriages is about. His affair with her was over for months before this came to light. There is never any justification for infidelity yet it happens all the time. We must however give credit where credit is due on the Generals part. He did a superior job and it is unfortunate that he will not be there any longer. Although the General is taking full responsibility for this I am sure Mrs Broadwells played a huge role in instigating this. That doesn't however clear the General.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  8. Citizen

    when is she going to lose her commission as well?

    November 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
    • geeworker

      never different standards for female officers most that she will get is a quite place to finish up her 20 years

      November 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  9. franzzgord

    I know the politians are going to be jumping on this crisis to have it investigated to the nth degree. If that's the case I think we should demand that all senators & congressist's email be brought to the surface so we can find out if they're "squeaky clean" before they pass judment on others...just a thought.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
    • Rezat

      Sounds fair at the beginning but if you think about it the invasion of General's privacy was justifiable on the basis of National Security. Pretty hard to make that argument against MCs and even harder to win it considering that there are over 500 of them. But members of intelligence committees should be OK to be scrutinized as such.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  10. svann

    The FBI agents breached protocol when they started an investigation as a favor for a friend. Now they are desperate to find something they can charge someone with.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply

    Obambi-poopie and his media spies cannot anticipate what will happen - only the GOP Machine knows -Obambi-poo cannot imagine what GOP will have waiting for him up in the hill soon 😉

    November 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • TexMan

      Are you 12 years old? If older your intellect is stuck at 12.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
      • Kenneth

        Texman, Apparently Mittens missed cancelling one of the troll credit cards. Might as well have some fun with him while he is still on the payroll, eh?

        November 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
      • brian

        it's not his fault that he's a methbaby...

        November 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm |

    No "free stuff" available - the vote joke on the blind obamice - back to recession we go - not because of fiscal cliff–oh no no no -not that -something else is happening that you do not know about 😉

    November 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • Kenneth

      All you have left is talk. Which is all you had in the first place.
      It must just eat at your gut to be so inferior and know it.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply

        Remove your dirty underwear and take a cold shower - be ready for what will come soon 😉

        November 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
      • Kenneth

        Not wearing any underwear. Your mom just left. Couldn't say goodbye, though. Her mouth was full.

        November 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Kenneth

      Actually, I am surprised you guys are still trolling. After Mittens cancelled your credit cards the second he lost, I figured you would all go back to the shelter.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
    • Punisher

      Redfireball's mom was here after she left your home, she complained about him.. it seems his dad is Mitten himself and he's as bad in bed as he is in running a campaign 🙂

      November 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  13. Z_2k

    Having a security clearance does not automatically allow one to have unbridled access to sensitive information. One must also have the NEED TO KNOW the sensitive information, and that would (I hope) be more than simply to get the information for writing a biography. Typically, one has a NEED TO KNOW to allow one to do their job on the Government's payroll, not on the personal payroll of some General.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply

    The rich GOP Machine will take away Obamice "free stuff" -- all that free stuff Obama promised you for otes - you will not feel exploited no more because we do not want your votes - you will have nothing soon. Buffett can donate half his fortune to the U.S. Treasury if he is that concerned, then go away with the Donald T. - Republican money not for obamice - all the poor blind Obamice. LMFAO

    November 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • Kenneth


      November 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply

        Go away patsy poo - better kenneth suffer in silence - suffer the little obamice .

        November 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Punisher

      loser..loser...get lost!

      November 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  15. David M

    The entertainment value just keeps rising. For people who are (allegedly) so smart, they sure appear to be dumb. You know there has to be at least a few 'compromising' pictures of these two fools in all those emails. Wonder how long it will take for them to come to light??

    Holly Petraeus must be shell-shocked over the whole thing. She's probably wondering how much worse it can get. I suspect there's more dirt to follow. I feel sorry for her. The rest of these characters are a bunch of clowns.

    November 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply

    HINT FOR THE BLIND OBAMICE: Wall Street endorsed Gov. Romney before election. The stocks were climbing in anticipation of a Romney win. Did you know that? CNN never told you huh? Now we go back into deeper recession because of Obama win. Bad economic news and deep legal trouble waiting for Obama - did you know that? CNN never told you huh? LMFAO Too too bad for you, little blind obamice.

    November 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • Kenneth

      I hear the whining of a sore loser.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply

        The joke is on you 😉

        November 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • TexMan

      Thanks to GOP / GOTP like you there will be a democrat in the oval office for the next four years and the fours years after that.

      But, I am still trying to figure out why you are posting to this article. Do you have the same Rovian script for all of the articles?

      November 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply

    We Republicans want the Obamice to get use to losing all that pomised "free stuff" as cuts in expenditures are finally forced - unlike during Reagan, Clinton and Bush years. We are going back into recession, and it has nothing to do with the fiscal cliff crap. No more taxation of the upper income since we are going back into recession. All good democrats POTUS knew it –Kennedy and Clinton knew it. So suffer all the little blue blind mice. Soon your Almighty God will be decapitated by Congress. Suffer the poor little dumb blind mice once we gain full power.

    November 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • Kenneth

      Want to share whatever it is you are smoking there chief?

      November 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply

        Romnesia Red - taste good. None for you though. You had your chance. We know something you do not know. It is all part of the grand master plan. You lose (wink)

        November 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
      • Kenneth

        Keep hope alive, DeadHairBall. Keep hope alive.

        November 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • martiniano

      I voted for Obama and chances are good that I pay more in federal taxes than you earn. No one gives me nothing. My father was a field worker, my mother worked in a dry cleaners. I went through college on my GI Bill because I served my nation. So F you and your ignorant ranting BS.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • Phil

      Just keep talking! The more repubilcan crazies like you talk, the less votes you will get next time.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • Wayrun

      Dear paranoid schizophrenic,

      Your incoherent ramblings carry no weight when rife with miss-spellings and words you seemingly just made up, more-over your logic is soundly flawed. 85% of Americans disagree with you (raising taxes on the rich.) Please pick up a book to gather information, for Fox news is largely opinion and little fact. Parroting what you hear is not independent free thought….

      P.S. You should feel embarrassed about your lack of command at syntax and grammar. If you can’t communicate your thoughts in a logical coherent manner through writing then it shows a very low education level, thus negating serious weight being lent to your “arguments.”

      November 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  18. zlop

    el-CIA-duh hates the military for their discipline,

    November 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  19. johnharry

    awaits for conduct unbecoming an officer, and adultery. Article 15 hearing

    November 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • zlop

      More is beneath the blankets.
      Similar to Julian Assange and the CIA ladies of easy virtue,
      Paula is embedded in a General take-down.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  20. Rezat

    ... her husband will follow soon. I mean she'll lose her within next 100 days... I bet.

    November 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  21. SheMadeHer CountryProud

    CIA directors have more important things to do than their jobs...duh!

    Banging chicks is waaaay more important.

    I bet this wasn't the first for Petraeus either...just look at his lame looking wife. He has probably been banging chicks for decades!!

    Kelley was probably tossing it around in front of him too...probably part of a little bang circle that they keep adding chicks to over the years.

    November 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      Full of I bets and probablys. Meaning you don't know for certain sooo do us all a favor and STFU.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
    • Kenneth

      You are obviously a real class act. Probably how you know so much about 'banging chicks'?

      November 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  22. JeanneLH

    All of the pictures of the general and this woman are pretty cheesy. He really liked her. Now how can you have all this security clearance and write a threatening email? Duh?

    November 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • TexMan

      I guess that it is the same type of thought process that compelled a woman space shuttle astronaut to drive cross country in a diaper with the apparent intent to kill or injure her co-worker boyfriend's newest "love" interest.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  23. bobincal

    The first thing I learned as a 96B20 in Army Intelligence was to keep my mouth shut! Apparently, they don't teach that anymor. If Paula had just kep this to herself, it may not have ever been known!

    November 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  24. zlop

    Paula does get around - Time to investigate Carl !
    "Karl Rove and Paula Broadwell (Kranz) – Operation Egg Timer"

    November 15, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
  25. hmmmwell

    who's gonna investigate the rogue FBI investigators and look into rogue CIA spies' records? no one is squeeky clean and perfect. blackmailing works everytime.

    November 15, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
    • zlop

      CIA, FBI, MI7, NSA, Fusion Centers, TSA and Homeland Security need to Secretly investigate each other.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  26. Steve Giles

    She has not lost her clearance she has lost her access. There is a big difference. The only concept one needs to know about the intelligence community is the "need to know". One can have the highest security clearance with whatever trailer and unless they have the "need to know" even confidential information is beyond their access.

    November 15, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
  27. RestoreAmerica

    Just another reason not to allow women in the military...

    November 15, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • John N Florida

      Spoken like a True Republican Misogynist.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
      • zlop

        LBGT operatives in the Black House are at the root of U$ problems.

        November 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
      • RestoreAmerica

        I'm a Democrat. It may be politically incorrect but my post is absently true..

        November 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
      • zlop

        Misogyny exists in the LBGT Black House - Hence the Paula Persecution.
        Hilary ordered Benghazi Stand Down - Where is the investigation ?

        November 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • mique

      Takes two to tango, nutjob.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
      • RestoreAmerica

        No woman, no woody...

        November 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
      • mique

        Don't ask, don't tell.

        November 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Wladislaw Dehring


      November 15, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • Kenneth

      Wow, the underbelly is really out in force today.
      zlop, not getting any dates are we?

      November 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • Retired Army Officer

      Democrat....Republican.....makes no difference.

      Your post paints you as an idiot.

      Sorry.....just callin' it as I see it.

      November 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  28. Disappointed American

    I'm still amazed at the stupidity of David Patraeus . . . you would think someone in his position in life would make wiser choices. Says a lot about him, not to mention the scuz bag with whom he cheated on his wife!

    No integrity whatsoever! And NOW . . . no credibility either!

    November 15, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
  29. Oscar Pitchfork

    "Mistress" they actually referred to her as his "MISTRESS"? THAT sure sounds like ancient grumblings form the Good-Ole-Boy network, don't it?

    November 15, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • alumette

      I think the term fling would be more appropriate. Even with her education and background, she was vulnerable to jealousy and poor judgment. It did her in as well as Petraeus. Very interesting turn of events. She should have talked and E-mailed less and certainly with caution. Silence is golden......really.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
  30. Dave

    She should have her security clearance revoked permanently. She allegedly had classified information on her personal computer. This is a major security violation.

    November 15, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
  31. c2xor

    Go Paula. Nailed the top general! Now move on.

    November 15, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • Dennis

      Nope sorry not the top general. Hell not even a general. Wanna try again? The man hasn't been a general for months now. Just cause they keep showing him in uniform why does everybody still refer to him as general. He's NOT.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  32. infonomics

    This woman is dangerous and she should be kept away from matches and gerbils.

    November 15, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
    • "Shagwell"

      I can see gerbils, but "matches?"

      November 15, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
  33. Matt

    This women is POS that feeds on high power officals. She sould be kicked out of the military and not allowed around classifed information.

    November 15, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • Disappointed American

      Ditto what Matt said!

      November 15, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
  34. tprice9

    Broadwell: Shouldn't she be held accountable under the UCMJ for the affair? That's against the UCMJ

    November 15, 2012 at 10:54 am | Reply
    • whatsyourpoint

      they are both commisioned officers, so no,

      November 15, 2012 at 11:17 am | Reply
      • kristof

        Yes affairs are punishable under UCMJ. Regardless of rank!

        November 15, 2012 at 11:32 am |
      • Dennis

        No THEY are not both commissioned officers. He is RETIRED. Still trying to figure out why everybody is referring to him as general.

        November 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Dave

      Adultry is most definitely a UCMJ violation – even between consenting officers. It doesn't matter if she was active reserve or inactive reserve at the time. There could even be perceived as "fraternization" as well based on differences in their ranks. At a minimum, she should receive a punitive letter of reprimand in effect putting an end to her military career. No difference in her and the diaper lady.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • Mike

      If the assignations occurred at any time while she was on active military orders she can be courts-martialed for adultery, even if he was "retired." However, general officers are never actually retired, so he is liable for charges also. In addition, she can face a Conduct unbecoming an officer charge. She should also be "dismissed" (dishonorable discharge equivalent for an officer) . No doubt she'll try for a RILO (resignation in lieu of charges) but the Sec Army would have to sign off on it. There are lots of officers who got courts-martialed for those charges and went to Leavenworth for a while. She knew better, all officers are briefed routinely on this, so no way she didn't know. She's a disgrace.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • Dodgers4Life

      When I went through a security clearance investigation my supervisor told me “As long as you don’t default on loan payments or cheat on your spouse, you will be all set”. Being dishonest with a spouse could also lead to other unfavorable behaviors in the clearance official mind.
      I’ve heard of people losing clearances with the same conclusion. You will either be cross trained to a new duty that doesn’t require a clearance or be forced to leave the military. In this case, both will probably see the latter happen to them.
      Sadly, that is the least of their problems. Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 134-Adultery, on top of any potential security violations, rules they may have also broken.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  35. Keith

    When does Petraeus lose his security clearance?

    November 15, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • Duh

      The minute his resignation was accepted. He also lost them once he retired from the Army, but got them back when he started his job as head of the CIA. Difference is she is still an active reservist.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
  36. jesse janeson

    Why won't they mention the speech Broadwell gave at her alma mater stating that there were Libyan militants were locked up in the CIA annex a month ago? Also that Petraeus was upset about not being JCS.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:25 am | Reply
  37. ramble3144

    Give the poor dear a Obama fome.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:56 am | Reply
    • us_1776

      That would be a Reagan-phone. Reagan started the program.


      November 15, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
      • sirock

        Regans program was small by comparison to obmas and it was for home phone service for people curently seeking employment so prospective employers could contact them not free cell phones for everyone. Please state all the facts or keep your #$ to yourself

        November 15, 2012 at 10:59 am |
      • cedar rapids

        'Regans program was small by comparison to obmas and it was for home phone service for people curently seeking employment so prospective employers could contact them not free cell phones for everyone. Please state all the facts or keep your #$ to yourself'

        ok lets state the facts then.....the program was expanded, and cell phones added by Bush Jnr.

        November 15, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • U. Cray

      LOL @ fome!

      November 15, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • dreamer96

      Reagan started the home land lines...GWBush moved it to the cell phones...becuase the poor usually live in high crime areas too and adults and kids feel safer and are safer with a cell phone on them...So you can blame the GOP for actually having a heart and caring about the poor....Ironic that the tea party members still are using the wrong information to attack the just goes back to the GOP...Like Reagan selling WMD's to Saddam in Iraq...and the British and German's did too...That is why they agreed that Saddam had WMD's...They sold them to Iraq and Saddam from 1980 to 1988...and the French stayed out of that Iraqi war, becuase they knew about the WMD's weapon sales too....and why should they go fight for the mistakes of Reagan and the British and the German's...Germany sold Saddam and entire chemical weapon factory....

      November 15, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • mique

      Patraeus is a Republican, is he not?

      November 15, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
      • alumette

        do you know any military NOT republican ? it is in the "genes"......

        November 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  38. Mike White

    Broadwell did not "lose her clearance" as the CNN headline states. The clearance is suspended. She *might* lose her clearance, depending upon the outcome of the investigation. She also might not, that's why there is an investigation.

    But saying she's lost it already is the same as calling any suspect guilty - depriving them of due process.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • dreamer96

      Orin Hatch told the whole world we were listening to Bin Laden's cell phone calls...and we lost a huge source of information, because Bin Laden never used a cell phone again...and just what did the GOP in Congress do to Orin Hatch...nothing....

      All a member of Congress has to do to read classified information, is sign a piece of paper that says they will not talk about it...It is an insult to all the rest of the people that have to have full background investigations, and one on one interviews,..and more to have acess to the same classified information....

      November 15, 2012 at 10:11 am | Reply
      • Disappointed American

        Orrin Hatch needs to go . . . as does Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, John McCain and numerous others who do nothing but live the good life on our dime! Orrin Hatch, especially, makes me want to puke! I don't know how these people continually get re-elected . . . they need to GO!

        November 15, 2012 at 11:31 am |
      • Disappointed American

        Oh . . . and let's not forget Lindsey Graham . . . this "representative of the people" seems to think he's running this country all by himself, but he won't even accept an email from anybody who is not in his "district." He needs to go, too!

        November 15, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Sailor101

      CNN probably has it all wrong. She probably had her Access suspended. And since the term Clearance is now actually referred to as eligibility, (although everyone still calls it a Clearance. Blame DSS for that!) I don't think the person who wrote this really did their homework.

      November 15, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
    • Will S

      Depending on how all this develops, she might lose her commission.

      November 15, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
  39. jeffreyw75

    I wonder who hooked her up with Reserve drill duty at West Point as part of the faculty. Talk about a nice REMF job, that must take connections. Oh, forgot, she hung out with the top brass.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply
    • Mike White

      If there were a REMF medal, she would have one with golden oak clusters.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply
    • Dodgers4Life

      Couldn't agree more..

      November 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  40. dreamer96

    Broadway sent an anonymous email with the dates of nonpublic meetings General Allen's was having and the head of the CIA....That was a huge security issue...and what made the FBI start there investigation....These people are suppose to understand security...none of them seem to have a clue what is possible these and all....These emails could have been scanned by a terrorist groups and used those meetings to attack high level US government people right here in the US when they felt they were the safest...and not on gaurd....very dangerous.....

    November 15, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply

    This really seems to me to be much ado about nothing. Two top military people with the highest respect for the military and the nation's security, of opposite genders, working closely together, fell in love. Being married to others, it wasn't right, but it happens, and most of us have felt that way. Usually we don't follow our emotions, and these two ended their clandestine relationship. Both are the most trustworthy people, more trustworthy than nearly everyone reading this. So let's not try to make any more political hay and get on with the business of running and protecting the country.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
    • Tina Turner

      What's love got to do with it? I didn't hear either one say anything about love. Your logic is funny – they should be trusted solely because they wear a uniform.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply
      • Dear Tina

        It's a second-hand emotion.

        November 15, 2012 at 10:37 am |
      • Tina Turner

        Dear Tina, we don't need another hero!

        November 15, 2012 at 10:43 am |
      • Lynn

        Kpspe is truly the biggest flake in this conversation: "Both are the most trustworthy people, more trustworthy than nearly everyone reading this." Cite their humanity and how each of us has failings all you want. He doesn't get to be noted as a "highly trustworthy" person, after having an affair on his trusting wife of 37 years. People who DO NOT betray those close to them are trustworthy. Is he an enemy of the country, no. But he failed at "trustworthy" in his career and in his marriage, which is why he is no longer at his position. As did she. I don't know what planet you live on. These actions cannot be given leeway.

        But Tina, you made my morning! Thanks for the laugh you two! Hilarious!

        November 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • AM

      I believe that no security information was probably breached or leaked in anyway. What I beg to differ with you about is the frolicking and the parties and such that went on in my home town of Tampa, down in the incestuous South Tampa neighborhood on Bayshore. Why were the Kelly's allowed access to the Base? Why were the general's frolicking around at drunken parties and dinner's at Bern's that cost 100's of dollars a plate? Why are they writing letters of support to the twin sister of the Kelly woman, getting in the middle of a custody battle, when even the judge disagreed with them. It is indicative of their ability to make judicious and correct judgement calls. Things went on in that little circle that have no place in the lives of top military brass in the middle of a war.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:43 am | Reply
      • Tom

        Well put. Agree.

        November 15, 2012 at 10:20 am |
      • Disappointed American

        Very well put . . . I also agree!

        November 15, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • Shalisa

      She is a spy, more clever than James Bond. Her book was her cover. Disagree? Please prove me wrong.

      November 15, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
      • jrh0

        Disagree Prove me wrong. Seriously? Your argument fails. In fact, no, it doesn't fail, its just gets a penalty flag called on the play.

        You can't just say whatever you want, then pass the onus to build a case on to the other party by declaring "prove me wrong." Its a bs tactic. In simple terms, its debate cheating. its means nothing and you have made no point.

        I could just as easily say, "This entire incident was actually a coverup for an Illegal fantasy football gambling league run by Broadwell" prove me wrong.

        November 15, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • Dave

      Not sure what you are smoking. She was not a top level military officer. She was a reserve major which is considered a junior officer in all Services but the Marine Corps. Sleeping her way to the top doesn't make you well respected outside of the person making her yell 'Daddy" late at night.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
  42. Liberty

    This makes a good case for cutting the military budget, beginning with the salaries and pensions of vain, self-absorbed generals.

    The money saved can be used to take care of the men and women who are serving our country faithfully and paying such a high price for their service.

    These are the men and women who are not attending vain social events, and few books are being written about their personal lives of service and suffering.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
  43. iceload9

    I thought embedded meant something else. (Sorry, just could not let this go.)

    November 15, 2012 at 9:32 am | Reply
    • LilRdVet2


      November 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  44. iceload9

    "put the onus then on his subordinates to raise the question" Makes you wonder where the system fell through.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
  45. Political Military Expert of The 4th Degree Freemason CONSPIRACY

    This is a sign of Nibiru 2012 the scientists have confirmed it see youtube.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
  46. Norm

    Clearly when she was embedded with Petraeus, getting ready as his biographer to write a book, that clearance didn't apply," said Townsend.

    Pun intended I'm sure.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
  47. jorge washinsen

    Should revive Peyton Place.Fits better now than when.ADIOS

    November 15, 2012 at 9:18 am | Reply
  48. jorge washinsen

    We have let this crap take the heat off the real government screwups.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:14 am | Reply
    • Norm

      Not as long as people like you are still around.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:25 am | Reply
  49. jorge washinsen

    You know where you can put your disquis requirements and censorship.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
  50. jorge washinsen

    Now it seems we have to give more of our privacy away just to access this commercial ridden site. Republican computers seem to have been shut down in the last few days on the sites where the big dogs like Cafferety and Anderson reside.You know on that old big white cloud above everyone else.We do not make a difference,Now there is one opinion controlled by CNN. You have the reigns,do with it as you choose we will always survive.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:10 am | Reply
  51. Farrok

    This young woman my go to jail as the American Government will not put up with security violations. I guess if it’s an American rank and file taxpayer that gets blown up by the foolish leaks of the Top Brass it’s all is ok? If you are enlisted you had better follow the rules, look at Pvt. Manly.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:05 am | Reply
  52. jorge washinsen

    We could require celebates only to apply for the military.My advice is to throw the computers away.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:05 am | Reply
  53. jorge washinsen

    We live in a world of the caught and uncaught. If it had been a couple of peons we would never had heard of this common occurance that man learned to adapt too many years ago.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
  54. Bob


    November 15, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
  55. Hahahahahahahahhaha

    The general just banged Paula! Who the f cares? You think we have national security secrets coded in the general's DNA? Hahahahahahahahahaha

    November 15, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
  56. jorge washinsen

    What all of this teaches us is that if we are going to air our dirty laundry better keep the post office operating.Your life is out there everytime you post anything ,and the governent has enought high paid snoopers to keep employed, they must catch someone once in a while.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
  57. 4evernever

    Broadwell will look hot in her prison jumpsuit. Hopes she's ready to spearhead the latest fashion look.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:53 am | Reply
  58. todd007

    Here is what the media should ask: Did Lt. Col. Broadwell have acces to the SIPRNet? You know, the system PVT Bradley Manning has access to; downloaded info from, and sent to Wikileaks.....

    Either as part of reserve officer duties or with the General.

    There is no way she was "embedded" with the Generals staff without being exposed to classified information. 80 – 90% of the time the staff would be doing classified work. Just being in the same room there would be folders upon folders of classified stuff.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
  59. Bill C

    After spending 33 years with the U.S. Army I can assure you that this kind of stuff goes on all the time. Senior officers caught in adultery are rarely punished. They are either retired if eligible, or transferred to another post. If they were being mentored by a high ranking general it would all be swept under the rug. Generals are often very full of themselves, if they want something done that is against regulations they ask a officer in their command to get it done. That officer had better do it or he or she will go nowhere career wise. The longer I stayed and the higher I got in rank the more I saw that shook me, little real concern for the troops, just a lot of slogans like "Taking Care Of Soldiers". That one especially made me sick, but generated a lot of BS reports all designed to show how great the Army was doing. I spent my 33 years fighting for our enlisted soldiers, I had some small victories, but realized all to late how useless my effort really was!

    November 15, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
    • TXJason

      Your military experience was very similar to mine. At my last duty station, the parking lot and the Personnel office were the only things that were not behind 3 layers of security. Then, once inside, there was a section of the building that was top secret that I did not have access to. I had a top secret clearance, but I did not have a need to know in that little corner of the building. Most people do not understand how the classification of sensitive material works.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
      • TXJason

        BTW, you should see how it works when you are working with foreign nationals. Me and my British coworker both had Top secret clearance, but there were some confidential working papers that he could not see because they wre marked NOFORN (no foreign nationals). He needed access to do his job. When I asked about it, I was told "you can either let him see the stuff or do the work without his help. If anyone asks, we never had this conversation." I did the work myself, but believe me I considered letting him see the stuff!

        November 15, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • alumette

      you have become wise.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  60. Kelley Patrol

    Why did Paula have to go jogging with Petraeus to listen to him while Jill only had to pick up the phone or send an email to get his ear? People like Jill only have access to people like Petreaus when they have dirt on them.

    Just wondering, did Jill Kelley have the military steer work to her (now ex) brother-in-law, Grayson Wolfe's firm AKKADIAN? This is the same company that emerged from the Lincoln Group which got tons of money from the Bush admin for "contract work" in Iraq. The timeframe certainly fits. She moved to Tampa about a deacde ago, approximately the same time that Bush appointed Grayson assistant COO to the Export-Import Bank (2002). It seems he (and Kelley herself) would certainly benefit from such a relationship.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:20 am | Reply
    • Cardfather

      I think this whole thing is nothing but a "girl fight" gone horribly wrong... imagine what General P, General A, and the two husbands must be thinking...

      November 15, 2012 at 8:24 am | Reply
      • Kelley Patrol

        Not such a stretch when you consider what others are saying about their encounters with her. For instance, in her position as “honorary consul” to the South Korean Embassy, Kelley solicited Adam Victor, president of the alternative energy company TransGas Development Systems citing the newly minted free-trade agreement between the US and South Korea as well as her “relationship” with Petraeus as enticements. However, he dropped her like a hot potato when she asked for $80 million whereas the industry standard would be around $100,000 for this type of deal.

        November 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • v

      i had to chuckle when i read an article quoting ms. broadwell as stating she and the general did six minute miles when they went jogging together in kabul. really!?

      November 15, 2012 at 9:06 am | Reply
      • Jules

        Most likely, they did. She was a runner in college, and he was career warfighter/generally fit guy.

        November 15, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  61. Knotty Boy

    It would seem "secret" is not a skill possessed by Ms. Broadwell.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:15 am | Reply
  62. Mike White

    The investigation is only complicated by the fact that he's a politically-connected four-star general.

    If he were an O-5 or below, he would have already been tried, convicted and sentenced.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:14 am | Reply
  63. Elizabeth

    Yes well......hmmmmmm I dontt think wife Holly is at all people do dumb things......or is this all a set up so he doesnt have to testify before congress about bengazi......soon whats really going on here will come out Im sure.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:03 am | Reply
  64. Paul

    Now hat she's lost her security clearance, she should also lose her husband and children in divorce proceedings.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:00 am | Reply
    • FU

      Who's F care. She is laugh her way to the bank

      November 15, 2012 at 8:23 am | Reply
  65. abmri60

    Why would Broadwell send E-mails to another woman over the same man ( and both women are married with kids )
    Not too smart, that is asking for trouble...

    November 15, 2012 at 7:58 am | Reply
    • Sharon Rodgers

      she wasn't thinking and maybe she thought he was eyeing the other woman..regardless I think all parties involved are whats up with that?

      November 15, 2012 at 9:03 am | Reply
    • Dr. Love

      Neither was a an astronaut wearing a diaper, and chasing down another women on the other side of the country.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  66. Matt

    Why is no one speaking of Broadwell being charged with adultery? Is this another double standard for women? This eqaulity for women only when it's beneficial movement has GOT TO STOP! If she's not chared wtih adultery then Congress needs to take a hard look at the role we've allowed women to step into in the military. Demand the truth. Demand JUSTICE!

    November 15, 2012 at 7:54 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      Do you at allremember dont ask dont tell? This isnt about the role pf women its about the role of a little something called integrity......

      November 15, 2012 at 8:07 am | Reply
    • Jules

      Typically individuals only get charged with adultery if their conduct directly, negatively impacts the unit they are assigned to, or the Army in general. In Petraeus' case, that clearly applies. He was the one with access to classified information. Broadwell would not have had access to him if he had not desired her to. His actions impacted the military. If she was serving in an official function, she would be guilty also, but she was there as a civilian biographer.

      November 15, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
  67. layla17729

    It's about time that her security clearance was suspended. She has bragged about having it for years but for what purpose? Having any level of security clearance requires the utmost discretion which Ms. Broadwell seems to be incapable of displaying.

    November 15, 2012 at 7:46 am | Reply
  68. Lee Perez

    what a mess!

    November 15, 2012 at 7:34 am | Reply
  69. CADCAM

    Just having a clearance doesn't give you a right to read secret material. You have to establish a "need to know."

    November 15, 2012 at 7:17 am | Reply
    • Finally

      Someone who knows what they're talking about.

      November 15, 2012 at 7:55 am | Reply
    • Mike Wiggins

      Very true, CADCAM. What I want to find out is if this classified info that Ms. Broadwell had was on a personal computer (implying not externally marked) or on a computer issued by the Army. In either case I hope she did not take either computer "off base" or take it home. That in itself is a "loss of clearance" offense.

      And as for Mr. Petraeus, those of you who are coming to his defense are forgetting the fact that HE LET THIS HAPPEN! He's a GENERAL for God's sake! And a high ranking one at that! He could have put a stop to all this but chose not to. If he knew what Ms. Broadwell had or even allowed her to have access to material she didn't have "need to know" he is also complicit.

      The armed forces are supposed to be an honorable group of men and women who work together for the defense of our nation. And we have rules (i.e. the UCMJ) that apply to everyone....and I mean EVERYONE!.....who violates those rules. No exceptions, no favorites. It's just a shame that Mr. Petraeus made the choices he did.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
    • jorge washinsen

      Secret material?The enemy knows more about us than we do.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:16 am | Reply
  70. true justice

    Would seem the new TV Show: The


    of Benghazi is a hit.

    November 15, 2012 at 7:16 am | Reply
  71. jvance

    I never noticed the part about her commission until this article. I need to read more closely.

    November 15, 2012 at 7:14 am | Reply
  72. veep

    "Clearly when she was embedded with Petraeus...."

    probably a poor choice of words.

    November 15, 2012 at 6:57 am | Reply
    • Ray

      I think he was embedded in her.

      November 15, 2012 at 7:13 am | Reply
      • Cardfather

        I think this whole thing is nothing but a "girl fight" gone horribly wrong... imagine what General P, General A, and the two husbands must be thinking...

        November 15, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  73. Mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Loose lips sink ships! This woman probably never should have had a clearance in the first place. And if she is married she should be prosecuted under article 134. I had a TS clearance while in the Air Force. Don't they do mental evaluations anymore?

    November 15, 2012 at 6:41 am | Reply
    • Cecil

      Three can keep a secret if two are dead.

      November 15, 2012 at 8:13 am | Reply
      • EJ

        Well, I do not think those guys should allow those women to pull them in then kill or have them killed to keep them quiet if this is what you are implying. The "DC Madam threaten to expose her johns and came up dead, allledgedly by committing suicide. Lets face it, these guys know what these women are after and know they will rat on them if the relationship is ended. If they are not willing to take the fall, dont play the game...

        November 15, 2012 at 9:22 am |
  74. BigBill

    This should not have been a public scandal. Petraeus is not the first general or CIA director to have an affair. It's only a big deal because we make it one. Does anyone really believe that Petraeus would betray the U.S. ? Do you honestly believe that Generals, and other top officials in Washington are chaste and Petraeus is an exception? Can you really be that naive?

    November 15, 2012 at 5:53 am | Reply
    • tarao316

      I agree this had been over played in the media and the cast of characters given their 15 mins they don't deserve. To say they should be forgiven I don't agree with. Any manipulation involving these relationships should be punished.

      November 15, 2012 at 7:25 am | Reply
  75. Ed217

    It takes two to tango. If she loses her clearance over this, then it seems so should Petraeus. Otherwise the old double standard is still alive and well in 2012…

    November 15, 2012 at 5:40 am | Reply
    • TexMan

      At this point he has lost much more than his clearance. If he was not retired he would be dishonorably discharged – as she should be.

      November 15, 2012 at 5:57 am | Reply
      • US Army

        Its funny to watch individuals spout off about the military when it is quite clear they know nothing about what they speak and the their only contact is "A few good men". She is targeted because she cam be targeted, Gen P would retire as a General had he already not retired and if this was not a political witch hunt deflecting the media it would not even be an issue. Start looking for why now, it does not add up, this is a matter where if it were consiidered a significant matter it wouold have been addressed at the time it came up the first time. And no, this information would not have been set upon by anyone it would have gone straight to the top at first indications.

        November 15, 2012 at 6:21 am |
    • og01

      Petraeus doesn’t have the clearance anymore (his would be inactive and also certain clearances come with the position you are in, the second you leave that position you loss the clearance) because he resigned from his job. In the other hand she is still in a position that requires a TS/SCI clearance. If she broke rules and her clearance is revoked, she will loss her position and has to be moved to a position that requires a secret or no clearance at all (For a LTC such a position is hard to come by or doesn't even exist).

      November 15, 2012 at 7:37 am | Reply
    • lejaune

      She loses clearance not because of the affair but because of mishandling of classified information. There are clearly written rules as to where classified information can and cannot be placed. I am sure her home is not certified to store classified materials. Gen. Petraeus was not accused of mishandling of classified information.

      November 15, 2012 at 8:14 am | Reply
  76. Thinker

    Will she cry rape ?

    November 15, 2012 at 4:13 am | Reply
    • zlop

      Rape in reverse - The General was controlled by Paula.

      November 15, 2012 at 4:57 am | Reply
  77. Kingof-Kings

    How about letting poor abused Bradley Manning have his life back?

    November 15, 2012 at 3:54 am | Reply
    • Fred

      How about letting those who were killed b/c Manning released classified information have thier life back??

      November 15, 2012 at 6:39 am | Reply
      • J

        "Poor, abused Bradley Manning" willfully chose to participate in espionage.

        November 15, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  78. ArmyCSM

    As an LTC in the Army Reserve, she is subject to the UCMJ and in my opinion has violated: Article 92 Failure to obey order or regulation, Article 108 Military property of the United States–sale, loss, damage, destruction, or wrongful disposition, Article 107 False official statements, Article 133 Conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman, and Article 134-2 Adultery. All of these are courts marshal offences and she should be prosecuted.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:05 am | Reply
    • Mtheumer

      Agreed. She's luck she's not in jail.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:16 am | Reply
      • zlop

        Similar to the Julian Assange ladies of Easy CIA Virtue,
        Tasked to report, control and take-down,
        Paula Bradwell, a reserve Army officer, is likely a CIA operative.

        November 15, 2012 at 3:04 am |
    • zlop

      Encouraging the General to Fall on his sword,
      Cover Story – Honey Pot to distract.
      (The General, by denying Benghazi stand-down responsibility, exposed Hilary)

      November 15, 2012 at 3:11 am | Reply
      • Fred

        Do you have a tin foil hat on and see black helicopters following your every move?

        November 15, 2012 at 6:40 am |
      • geeworker

        interesting theory to early to tell at this time to see if it holds water If this [garden tool] Broadwell come out of this unscathed then their was something else going between her and the state department, but I think she will come out of this untouched and be fast tracked to head West point thus putting a white house lackey in charge of all future army leaders

        November 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • ArmyChief

      Spot on, Army CSM

      November 15, 2012 at 7:55 am | Reply
  79. stan

    This is what happens when you let Heteros into the US Military. Their morality pollutes everything. Next they'll want to get married!

    November 14, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Reply
    • Frank

      Hahaha! Okay, that one gets a thumbs-up.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:38 am | Reply
    • zlop

      Clash of Cultures - CIA civilian prudes, hate Military Freedoms
      "Senate Approves Bill that Legalizes Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military"

      November 15, 2012 at 2:51 am | Reply
      • El B Carter

        Military needs to let these people take their partners with them to their zones so they can be near them. People talk about "Oh, they need to do their jobs".....but we see, even in their tough assignments, they still find a way to get laid. Call a Spade a Spade.

        November 15, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  80. Kelcy

    Ya think! She should have lost her clearance the minute they initiated an investigation.....which should have been told to the military as soon as the FBI found out she had one. A nutcase stalker.

    November 14, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  81. Petreuasit

    take off the stars, get rid of the clearances, and all you have is two people physically engaged with heart, soul, and mind as one. in short, two adulterers engaging each other secretly until their secret was revealed. EXPOSED.

    November 14, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  82. Roy

    Is it possible that Broadwell or Kelley could be a foreign agent working for Russia, Israel, China or some other country? Russia and Israel are particularly adept in using those types of women.

    November 14, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Reply
    • BeadlesAz

      Is it possible you've been reading too much John LeCarre?

      November 15, 2012 at 12:07 am | Reply
  83. Roz Folk

    Ms. Broadwell should have had her clearance suspended the minute the FBI stepped in. Period. As a woman and a veteran who served NATO, I am disgusted by her choices.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Reply
    • Mo Brown

      I totally agree with you Roz Folk. As a military reservist, I am baffled that Broadwell reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 15 years of service, age 39, with no command experience. Really? Not to mention she has been a "P.h.D. candidate" for the past four years. It doesn't add up. A Lieutenant Colonel is two ranks below a one star general. Broadwell performed her duty as a Reservist in IMA status. West Point is located in New York. She resides in North Carolina. The only explanation that makes sense is that she was allowed to have classified information at her residence? Or she was suppose to keep it secure somewhere in Washington and removed it from a government building or military installation.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:15 am | Reply
      • texman

        Sounds like a twofer .... it is who you know and who you blow.

        November 15, 2012 at 1:19 am |
      • Scratchee

        Well, it's actually two ranks very far below Brigadier General. An officer serving a typical 20 year career (the minimum military retirement) will leave as a Lieutenant Colonel, having been promoted to that rank a few years before. Making Colonel is a big step, usually indicating an intent to serve at least a few years beyond 20. Making Brigadier General indicates a significant, ongoing career beyond the retirement age.

        As a reservist, Broadwell may have been promoted a bit earlier than her active duty peers, but not by much. Her timeline sounds pretty typical to me.

        November 15, 2012 at 7:38 am |
  84. anna robbins

    It gets so complicated just like a Brazilian soap opera. Now there are so many people involved.
    really! just like one of the Brazilian soap opera. I am so entertaining by the entire store, I try not tomiss a single chapter.
    To me CNN and FOX news really sucks! they have no news to talk about. so! they just make stories about anything. In the end here is nothing there. They are just like PAPARASIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  85. Ellis B Carter

    I'm glad she didn't fake harassment or rape charges against the man. I know some friendly types who would raise that red flag in a heartbeat.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  86. Jason

    I take issue with your comment, Cindy. If Broadwell has to be released from the military for adultery, shouldn't Petraeus have his commission reactivated so that he is made to face identical punishment? He is equally guilty of adultery and may have been the one to initiate the affair.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
    • antoineflemming

      No, he shouldn't be reinstated. The affair started AFTER he retired from the military. So, no, he's not in violation of the Adultery code. Petraeus messed up, but did the honorable thing by coming forward and stepping down, even after the affair was over for FOUR MONTHS. But she's still in violation, and should be booted out of the Army.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
  87. zlop

    She leaked existence of CIA Benghazi torture prison to U$.
    (Hilary supported el-CIA-duh knew all along)

    Off to Guantanamo for Paula !
    Solitary confinement, or sharing a cell with Bradley Manning ?

    November 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
    • Zia

      She should be a cell mate with Afia Sidiqui

      November 15, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
  88. Freddie J

    Didn't the republicans wanted Patreus to run for the prez office?? LoL.

    November 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
    • zlop

      Presidential Truth telling is an Über Sin - Reason why Petraeus could not be elected.
      (He told the truth that - he did not order the Benghazi Stand Down
      Should have omitted insubordination and allowed Benghazi U$ victims to be rescued)

      November 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
    • 4evernever

      Certainly this latest episode qualifies Petraeus for pubic orafice.

      November 15, 2012 at 8:56 am | Reply
  89. redhat37

    OK here is the deal- was broadwell on active duty when she received classified info? if so then she's ok. since petraeus is what is known as a classifying authority, he routinely brought news media reps, congressman, any one he wanted and gave access regardless of their clearances- done all over DOD and NSA and NRO, not sure about CIA.
    now if ms broadwell was simply writing a book on her own time, she would be in jeopardy if she had classified material especially on her pc. remember john deutch cia dir had classified on his home comoputer but was pardoned by the prez.
    low level milutary /civilains caught with classified docs at home, in their briefcases on their pc's will get burned. generals must have secure /safes at home if they work there.
    broadwell will play the archivist card saying she recieved or got approval from P4 to archive his stuff and sort out the classified-of course petraeus cant give her permission- only the office holding the docs can give her need to know acess.

    bottom line i believe petreaus routinely had aides carry the most sensitive stuff you can thk of into hotel rooms, to conferences and most staff just do the best the can and hope they dont get caught. broadwell has been given such access because of P4 almost blanket "let her doe/see/go/ read whatever' that she will plead she did nothing wrong.
    now i hope she did not have sci stuff -hard or electronic copy – only the prez can bail her or P4 out of that jam.
    btw gov handling of classified is atrocious even though the regs are there and they hold contractors feet to the fire.
    sorta reminds me of fawn hall of ollie north fame- paula probably has stuffed classifed down her pants and walked out of cia or centcom hqs- and i will bet she carried it unauthorized on civ aircraft.
    i saw a dep sec of defense reading classified on a united airlines about 10 years ago and stuffed it in his briefcase when he deplaned.

    just sayin

    November 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
    • nodat1


      November 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • waheid

      Petreus may and may not have been the "classifying authority," but that does not give him authority to grant access to the material by someone who (1) does not have the need to know and/or (2) the appropriate clearance. Furthermore, only the President has authority to de-classify material.

      November 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
    • joseph

      @redhat 37
      you know too much i guess that why your a blogger here. shut up

      November 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  90. Skeptic

    The undeniable truth is no one is indispensable in this world, not even Jesus.

    November 14, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • greg

      you mean even that famous mexican guy Jesus is indispensible? whats this world coming to...

      November 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
    • phil_177

      excuse me for butting in, in the USN, even Chaplains can't use the "word" JESUS any longer, thanx to the ACLU ...

      November 15, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
  91. nodat1

    nothing but the finest out of west point I guess she missed the the class in properly handling of classified material or she blatantly disregarded her sworn duties as an officer

    November 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
    • lawrencewinkler

      Sorry. The story doesn't say she mishandled secure information. It's a possibility but that is not what the article says. Please reread.

      November 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
      • greg

        listen to henry winkler here, Lawrence,what more do you want dude, you obviously missed the story,and the boat here bro...

        November 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
      • nodat1

        Ok I did classified material was removed from her home ( not a very safe place to store it) and if she was authorized to take the material home she would have a Material handling form signed by security officer allowing her to take Classified material out the normal handling procedures and I bet she doesn't have that form because she would have produced it by now

        November 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
  92. takeanotherlook

    Not only should Ms BROADWELL be busted from the Intelligence Corp she should LOSE her recent advancement in rank from MAJOR TO LTC.. perhaps she should be busted down to a LT and change here MOS to culinary duty for the rest of her career.

    November 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
    • nodat1

      trust me they don't want her best thing for her to dry up and disappear from history

      November 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
    • zlop

      Ultimate Humiliation - Punish Paula - Make an example
      Sentence, demote her to the rank of Housewife.

      November 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
      • Travelinman

        No way. Being a housewife is one of the most honorable careers there is. She is not qualified!

        November 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
  93. ManTex

    Yep. It is time for her to fornicate her way up the civilian ladder if success. New day ... different woman ... typical behavior

    November 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  94. Jim

    2 previous posters R idiots... It takes two to tango

    November 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  95. MacMan

    When you have a clearance you cannot automatically have access to classified material. The person giving access has to ascertain that your clearance is active, the correct level, and most importantly that you have a "need to know".

    November 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
    • nodat1

      true but I'm guessing she used the Generals name in order to get all the proper credentials

      November 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
      • Mary1972

        I doubt very much that it is that easy to get classified information. She might have hacked in. I think they need to investigate how she got hold of classified information.

        November 15, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  96. Just me

    Generals and their toys, I would hope all national news networks would just move on this really is seedy and ready for Jerry Springer, upper class trash.

    November 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • 111Dave111

      The FBI agent who began the Jill Kelley investigation has been identified as Frederick W. Humphries II.

      November 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  97. peter clarke

    Broadwell has taken a good man to his grave....Damn !

    November 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • urouttolunch

      1) I hadn't heard that the "good man" is dead. 2) General Petraeus' misdirected libido is the principal cause of whatever damage has been done.

      November 15, 2012 at 7:34 am | Reply
      • Dave

        It takes two to make babies.

        November 15, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • darknesscrown

      There's a reason that succubi are always hot. If broadwell were from Mississippi and was even 20 lbs heavier, this wouldn't even have happened.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  98. Cindy

    Ms. Broadwell should be busted from the military for adulterous behavior. She should not be let off the hook. This rule applies to all military personel.

    November 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • AM

      Completely agree. Dis-honorable discharge. Takes two to do the horizontal mambo, unless it's rape, and this sure wasn't that... She jumped the old general, gleefully... Most likely to advance her own career.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:32 am | Reply
      • bubblehead616

        Except the officers do not get dishonorably discharged. That's reserved for enlisted.

        November 15, 2012 at 9:56 am |
      • AM

        That's a shame. Cause she deserves what the general took on his own. Although I doubt he really had much choice...

        November 15, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Mary1972

      I agree but not dishonorable discharge thought her actions were least bot honorable.

      November 15, 2012 at 10:24 am | Reply
    • geeworker

      does not apply to officers !!!!! For this [garden tool] this mess will be swept under the table either thou a deal with investigating team or by a Congresswoman who will claim that she is being picked on by the mean ol military

      November 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
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