Broadwell Flaunted Petraeus Access

    In the frame grab from C-SPAN Book TV video taken Feb. 6, 2012, author Paula Broadwell speaks to an audience about the book she co-authored, "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus," at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington. The scandal that brought down CIA Director David Petraeus started with harassing emails sent by his biographer and paramour, Broadwell, to another woman, and eventually led the FBI to discover he was having an affair, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Petraeus quit Friday, Nov. 9, after acknowledging an extramarital relationship. (AP Photo/C-SPAN Book TV)

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    Paula Broadwell got a lot of attention while she was working on her biography of David Petraeus—much of it for her form-fitting clothes and slim résumé. “She was relentlessly pro-Petraeus,” a policy expert who met Broadwell in Afghanistan said. “She wasn’t a reporter. She struck me as an acolyte.” Officers who worked with the general in Afghanistan said that his official biographer—alleged to be the other woman in a career-ending extramarital affair—also caught their eye when she posted sensitive military information on her Facebook page. But others in the general’s circle said they were struck by Broadwell’s work ethic and idealism. The FBI reportedly learned of the affair after uncovering “harassing” emails sent from Broadwell to a woman both she and Petraeus knew.

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