It is no surprise that the David Petraeus scandal is getting deeper as time goes by. That is how these things work, after all. The latest info is being called a bombshell or partisan hype, depending on who you're listening to.
The general’s alleged lover, Paula Broadwell, speaking in Denver on Oct. 26, is drawing some frenzied responses in the media and is adding a few more notches to the Benghazi conspiracy theory as well.
While answering a reporter's question on whether she had any thoughts on the Sept. 11 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Broadwell seemed to have quite a handle on the situation. In fact, she gave unvetted information, saying the CIA was holding prisoners whom the attackers of the consulate were trying to free. This is now being heavily denied by the CIA. She appeared to have more info than the president or the secretary of state.
How could that be? Either she is extremely astute on foreign policy and has an informant in Libya feeding her delicate information, or she had access to what the general knew. Don't get me wrong, Broadwell is no lightweight and has an impressive academic record as well as military experience. She is a graduate of Harvard and West Point and has Intel experience under her belt, but her knowledge on Benghazi appeared beyond mere observation.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was seen on CNN Monday saying that classified information was also found on Broadwell's computer, which is, in her words "troubling"-- but said she didn't yet know how it got there.
Her answers are throwing a huge spotlight on just what those pillow talks with the general sounded like. What exactly does she know about top-level, classified intelligence?
The 60-year-old Petraeus, a four-star general, resigned hastily as director of the CIA last Friday after admitting to an extramarital affair with Broadwell, his 40-year-old biographer. The affair reportedly ended four months ago, but threatening emails to another woman, Jill Kelley, a friend of Petraeus, blew this scandal wide open and got the FBI involved.
Broadwell, who spent a year with Petraeus in Afghanistan in 2006 as research for her biography “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,” reportedly sent these emails anonymously to Kelley, warning her to stay away from her "guy."
The title of the book is making late-night comedians everywhere very happy. The fact that Mrs. Broadwell, a married mother of two who had never written a biography before but was picked to be “embedded” with the general in war-torn Afghanistan for a year, is also a source of leery giggles. Yet some very serious consequences resulted from this affair.
The general's stellar career came to an abrupt, scandalous stop, and this in turn has overshadowed President Obama's recent re-election victory over Mitt Romney.
Now, questions of who, what, when, why, where and how he knew of this scandal are being thrown around. And the Benghazi hearings scheduled for Friday are looking more intriguing by the day.
Stay tuned, it can only get more interesting before it fizzles.
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