The Associated Press reports that CIA and FBI officials are worried that Petraeus’ extramarital affair might have compromised national security. Their concerns increased after a recent investigation revealed that Petraeus’ paramour, Paula Broadwell, sent threatening emails to another woman in Florida.
David Petraeus’ relationship with his biographer Paula Broadwell has been recently disclosed causing the former to resign from his position of director of CIA. The members of the Congress will continue to investigate the extramarital affair because they fear Broadwell could possess information related to national security.
According to Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, Paula sent various threatening emails to a woman named Jill Kelley, who lived in Tampa, Florida. The latter serves as the State Department’s liaison to the military’s Joint Special Operations Command, which is why the emails prompted U.S. military officials to start an investigation about Paula. They have, thus, discovered that the author was involved in an extramarital relationship with the ex-CIA director, Petraeus and decided to confront them both.
An anonymous friend of Kelley and Petraeus declared that the two were close friends and they used to see each other on a regular basis. The source did not provide any other details in relation to the nature of their friendship. However, Petraeus will remain in the Congress’ attention for a long period of time because the members want to know the exact moment when the retired general became a subject of FBI’s inquiry. In addition, they want to make sure that the affair between him and Paula Broadwell did not jeopardize their missions.
Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is more upset because the FBI did not reveal their discoveries earlier. In his opinion, the discrepancy between the date of investigation and the date of FBI’s official statement is too big. “It seems this (the investigation) has been going on for several months and, yet, now […] they’re saying that the FBI didn’t realize until Election Day that General Petraeus was involved,” King added.
Petraeus resigned during the investigation following the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate and CIA base in Benghazi, Libya. In spite of his recent problems, he could still be invited on Capitol Hill to testify about the U.S. response in relation to the attack.