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Friend: Petraeus began affair after taking CIA job

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 12, 2012 at 8:04 a.m.


David Petraeus is seen with Paula Broadwell in this July 13, 2011, photo made available on the International Security Assistance Force’s Flickr website.

— Retired Gen. David Petraeus began an affair with his biographer in 2011, two months after he became CIA director, a friend and former top aide said Monday. The case has brewed an uproar in Congress over FBI investigative tactics and the fact lawmakers weren’t told soon enough about the probe.

Petraeus, who resigned last week as the nation’s head spy, and his family are said to be devastated over the affair, especially his wife Holly, who “is not exactly pleased right now,” said Steve Boylan, a friend and former Petraeus spokesman who spoke to Petraeus over the weekend.

“Furious would be an understatement,” Boylan told ABC’s Good Morning America. He said Petraeus ended the affair four months ago.

The stunning revelations about the extramarital activities of Petraeus, a retired four-star general and perhaps the nation’s most revered military figure, has sparked an outcry in Congress over the fact that the FBI did not inform lawmakers about the probe in a timely fashion.

Members of Congress said Sunday that they want to know more details about the FBI investigation that revealed the extramarital affair between Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell. They questioned when the retired general popped up in the FBI inquiry, whether national security was compromised and why they weren’t told sooner.

“We received no advanced notice. It was like a lightning bolt,” Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, said.

Petraeus, 60, quit Friday after acknowledging the affair. He has been married 38 years to Holly Petraeus, with whom he has two adult children, including a son who led an infantry platoon in Afghanistan as an Army lieutenant.

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Razrbacker196107030755 says... November 12, 2012 at 9:03 a.m.

Who really cares about the SMOKESCREEN of an affair? BENGHAZI!!! NOT A RIVER IN EGYPT!! Get to the REAL reason a hero was thrown under the bus! FBI KNEW about this affair for a year! WHY NOW?? Think about it...can YOU say BLACKMAIL?....BY the "alleged" POTUS?? First Hillaryous, now CIA chief, who's next? WON'T work, though, partner! Benghazi IS gonna' be answered for! By THOSE RESPONSIBLE!! KARMA BABY!! Don't care if he paid every hooker in the WH PRESS CORP! ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI!!!

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Jackabbott says... November 12, 2012 at 10:34 a.m.

This guy has all the triaits of a moron. And to think that he was so highly regarded. Trading secrets for sex. Prettty low even for a general. No wonder not much progress was made in Iraq and Afghanistan, the general was out looking for sex instead of leading the troops and getting out of these trillon dollars holes.

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FreeSpiritMan says... November 12, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.

One word describes why a real hero was thrown under the bus, HORNY!

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T6 says... November 12, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Man these people can't get their stories straight. I thought Broadwell was the one who ended the affair when Petraeus became CIA director. The FBI knew about the affair since 2011 and just now bringing it out.
I'm with you Razrbacker. This is just a distraction to keep the heat off Benghazi and Obama!

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FreeSpiritMan says... November 12, 2012 at 1:46 p.m.

T6 and Razrbacker....... It appears you guys are happy now; you got your selves another conspiracy theory.

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T6 says... November 12, 2012 at 2:07 p.m.

BillSmith....IF this administration wasn't so corrupt there would be no need for conspiracy theories.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... November 12, 2012 at 2:35 p.m.

Bill Clinton?

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aimee says... November 12, 2012 at 4:09 p.m.

But now HERE is the good news.. 69 DAYS to our president's second term as President of the United States of America..!!!

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T6 says... November 12, 2012 at 7:35 p.m.

Whoa!!!!! There Aimless one..... The fiscal cliff is gonna smack Obama "Forward" right into reality!!!!!!!!!!
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the projected skyrocket in tax rates beginning January 2013 with the expiration of the Bush tax rates will cripple the economy, jacking unemployment rates up to a full 9.1% for the year. GDP would plummet 0.5% -- a double-dip recession. If, by contrast, taxes are not raised, annual growth will be some 2.25% according to the CBO.

RuhRoh..... On Friday, Obama told an MTV audience that he would not fight for gay marriage his second term, intoning that “it would be up to future generations of Americans to implement meaningful reform.”
And so soon to backtrack!!!!! Oh well Obama got what he wanted, ALL the suckers to vote for him!!!!!!!! You know you can believe his promises!

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aimee says... November 12, 2012 at 11:24 p.m.

The fiscal "cliff" is more like stepping off a curb. Leave it to Republican hysterics to blow it all out of proportion.
seattletimes. com/html/soundeconomywithjontalton/2019667358_obama_and_the_fiscal_curb.html
As far as gay marriage goes, he said back in October on MTV that it should be left up to the states. No change of policy there..!!!
Any other complaints from the Romney whiners..???

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