Newly released documents reveal that the FBI found hundreds of classified documents on a laptop belonging to Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom then-CIA director Gen. David Petraeus conducted a clandestine affair.
The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday about the contents of a recently-unsealed FBI search warrant served during the agency's 2013 investigation of the affair. More than 300 of the classified documents found on Broadwell's computer were categorized as state secrets.
Broadwell was an author who was charged with writing a biography of the former CIA director, but the two became romantically involved over the course of the book's completion. Documents pertaining to the FBI probe were unsealed on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Virginia.
"The probe uncovered their affair, revealed their mishandling of classified documents and lead to Petraeus’ resignation as head of the CIA. Last year, Petraeus pleaded guilty in Charlotte to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling government documents and was fined $100,000," the Observer said.
Other revelations contained in the unsealed documents include:
- Evidence that both Petraeus and Broadwell initially lied to investigators about the extent of their relationship and about Broadwell's access to confidential materials, including a trove of secret documents regarding Peteraeus' years as operational commander of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- A warrant for audio recordings of Petraeus revealing "Top Secret" information to journalists from the Washington Post during his tenure as director of Middle East operations.
- Evidence that Petraeus high-handedly attempted to stop the investigation as soon as he heard about it, including a blackmail threat against "Witness 1," who is widely believed to be Florida socialite Jill Kelly.
- Evidence that both Petraeus and Broadwell took pains to hide their affair from their respective spouses, communicating by disposable "burner" cell phones and email accounts with untraceable names.