Jim Kouri
November 19, 2012
Petraeus denies leaking secrets to his paramour
By Jim Kouri

Former CIA director David Petraeus confessed to making some "big mistakes" by having an extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, but said he never allowed her access to classified documents or information, according to Fox News Channel's national security correspondent on Saturday.

Catherine Herridge reported that the former four-star general insisted he never passed any classified information to Paula Broadwell, a concern of many in Washington, D.C., since the Obama administration has been plagued with numerous incidents of intelligence leaks, most of them to the news organizations.

Suspicions arose when Ms. Broadwell gave a lecture in Denver in which she claimed the Benghazi attack was launched in order to rescue two militants who were being detained by the CIA at the U.S. Consulate annex.

"Where did she get that piece of information? That's what set off alarm bells and gave the investigation a new avenue to explore," said former intelligence officer and police detective Mike Snopes.

"It's well-known within the military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies that the CIA is no longer permitted to detain and interrogate prisoners by order of President Obama," Snopes said.

Petraeus denied his resignation was linked to the attack on the U.S. Consulate, Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, on Sept. 11, 2012.

The former CIA director testified on Friday before both House and Senate committees in closed-door sessions regarding the Benghazi attack and murders of Americans, as well as fielding questions regarding the aftermath and alleged cover-up in the weeks following the deadly attack.

Petraeus, a retired general who served more than 37 years in the U.S. Army, took the office as CIA director in September, 2011. While a four-star general, he was in-charge of all coalition forces in Iraq and later he led the military campaign in Afghanistan.

Media reports said the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating the allegation of an illicit sexual relationship between Petraeus and Broadwell when Jill Kelley, a supposed friend of Petraeus, became the complainant in an FBI investigation into anonymous, threatening email messages. FBI agents traced the emails to Broadwell and then discovered that Broadwell was Petraeus' secret paramour.

Lawmakers in both houses of Congress and both sides of the aisle have sharply condemned the FBI for not informing congressional intelligence and homeland security panels about the Petraeus investigation.

President Barack Obama said during his first press conference in eight months on Wednesday that there exists "no evidence" that the sex scandal involving Petraeus adversely effected U.S. national security.

Kelley, a social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, was also reported to have close relations with both Petraeus and Gen. John Allen, commanding officer of the U.S. troops and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that Allen is also being investigated for alleged "inappropriate communications" with Kelley. Due to the pending investigation, Allen's nomination to the NATO commander has been put on hold, Fox News' Catherine Herridge reported.

© Jim Kouri

 

The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)


Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police... (more)

Subscribe

Receive future articles by Jim Kouri: Click here

More by this author

September 10, 2017
Trump Justice: 'Dreamer' wanted for murder nabbed by feds in NJ and extradited


July 26, 2017
NJ 12-year-old's suicide a plea for cyber-bullying law: GOP candidate Heather Darling


June 12, 2017
Obama hampered law enforcement investigation of Iranian terrorism funding


June 2, 2017
Prez of Young Democrats and Mayor de Blasio staffer busted for kiddie porn; one victim 6-mos. old


May 29, 2017
The conservative approach to taxation and a healthy business climate


May 24, 2017
U.S. intelligence reports warn of cyber "Cold War"


March 3, 2017
Media attack Trump's terrorism expert Dr. Sebastian Gorka


December 23, 2016
Trump's border wall: The bill was passed and signed into law


December 22, 2016
Dem lawmakers demand commission to probe Trump-Russia conspiracy


December 14, 2016
Outraged Vets: VA hospital death touted as proof of Obama and Democrats indifference


More articles