Petraeus lover won’t be tried for cyber-stalking
Paula Broadwell, the former lover of ex-CIA chief David Petraeus, will not prosecuted for cyberstalking during the affair that led to his downfall, an informed source said Tuesday.
The FBI investigation for cyberstalking of Broadwell has been dropped, the law enforcement source said.
Petraeus, America’s most celebrated military leader in a generation, stepped down on November 9 as head of the CIA after admitting to an affair with Broadwell, a counter-terrorism expert and lieutenant-colonel in the Army Reserve who had co-authored a biography of the general.
The FBI stumbled upon the affair when Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite and friend of the Petraeus family, asked investigators to look into threatening emails that turned out to be from an apparently jealous Broadwell.
The probe also uncovered potentially “inappropriate” emails between Kelley and the top allied commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, that are the subject of a separate inquiry that has delayed his nomination to the post of NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe.
The Justice Department did not immediately confirm that the Broadwell cyberstalking investigation had been dropped.
Prosecutors are still deciding whether to pursue charges against Broadwell, 40, for mishandling classified documents or allegedly taking secret files from government buildings.