Emails that touched off scandal described CIA director's movements

WASHINGTON Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:19pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Anonymous harassing emails that Tampa socialite Jill Kelley turned over to the FBI contained information about the movements of CIA Director David Petraeus which was not publicly available, a law enforcement source told Reuters.

The fact that the emails' author - later determined to be Petraeus' mistress Paula Broadwell - knew confidential information about the CIA chief's activities was one of the main reasons the FBI felt compelled to launch an in-depth investigation into their origin and motivation, the source said.

The emails, which a second law enforcement source said included warnings to Kelley, a family friend of Petraeus, that the writer knew "what you were doing," were sent to Kelley by a sender who used several fake email addresses.

Disturbed that the anonymous emailer had confidential information about Petraeus' whereabouts, the FBI obtained an administrative subpoena empowering them to examine the email accounts from which the messages were sent to discover the sender's identity, one of the sources said.

Armed with the subpoena, investigators learned that the harassing messages were sent to Kelley by Broadwell, who had written a Petraeus biography. Upon further investigation of Broadwell and her email accounts, investigators discovered additional emails implicating the CIA director and Broadwell in an extra-marital affair, the two sources said.

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss law enforcement investigations.

Petraeus announced on Friday he was resigning and acknowledged an affair. The scandal this week expanded to include Marine General John Allen, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, whose separate communications with Kelley are now under investigation.

Attempts to reach Broadwell have been unsuccessful, and Petraeus has made no public comment since he resigned.

The law enforcement sources said that as the investigation proceeded, officials sought to determine whether any law or national security regulation had been broken. After interviews were conducted with Broadwell and Petraeus before the U.S. presidential election, investigators tentatively determined that they had no reason to believe Petraeus had broken any law.

The FBI's office in Charlotte, North Carolina, confirmed that on Monday FBI agents visited Broadwell's house, conducting what a law enforcement source described as a search for which Broadwell had granted her consent. Some national security officials have expressed concern, based on Broadwell's public statements and some news reports, that Broadwell may have had access to classified information.

One of the law enforcement sources said that despite the search of Broadwell's house, at this point it still appeared most likely the FBI's investigation related to Broadwell would be closed without criminal charges.

(Editing by Warren Strobel and Jackie Frank)

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Comments (16)
Neurochuck wrote:
Broadwell is reported to have used gMail accounts, which many know to be processed by marketers for building profiles for targeted advertising. She is probably getting junk mail for private weekend resorts, kinky underwear, energy tonics, guns, lawyers …
I feel sorry for frequent commenter DeanMJackson, who has probably figured out that the Hidden Communists have decapitated the CIA and NATO/US Army, and has fled in terror to the Canadian forests to live on raw mushrooms and frogs.

Nov 13, 2012 6:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xit007 wrote:
Let’s see Reuters – what is bigger a cat fight between mistresses or 4 dead in Benghazi. We see where your priorities are. Move over Jerry Springer here comes the left wing media. From the same spin media that looks the other way because of an ongoing investigation. This is a continuation of the Benghazi mess – now the administration can blame all the confusion on girls… Talk about a war on women. Watch ladies as these women are destroyed.

Nov 13, 2012 6:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RobEnnis wrote:
Once the sender was identified as Broadwell, who would be known to the FBI as someone who would have knowledge of Petraeus’ movements, why was the inquiry not immediately stopped? What possible legal justification could there have been to read any emails? I’m sure a little voice was saying, “Don’t open that (in)box….. and we know how the story ends.

Nov 13, 2012 9:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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