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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:03 AM

Petraeus took mistress, Paula Broadwell, to Paris on government-funded trip: Report

Source: Global Post

More juicy details are emerging of the affair between CIA chief David Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

Ellen ConnollyNovember 12, 2012 09:50

General David Petraeus flew his mistress to Paris with him when he was appointed director of the Central Intelligence Agency, an unnamed source has claimed.

According to Buzzfeed, married biographer Paula Broadwell accompanied the esteemed military leader on a government-funded trip to the City of Lights in July 2011, while her husband cared for their two children at home.

As the fall-out from the scandal continues, family and friends are offering support to Petraeus's wife of 38 years, Holly, who is understandably embarrassed, furious and deeply hurt. ...


Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/politics/121112/petraeus-took-mistress-paula-broadwell-paris-government-funded-trip

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Reply Petraeus took mistress, Paula Broadwell, to Paris on government-funded trip: Report (Original post)
anobserver2 Nov 2012 OP
anobserver2 Nov 2012 #1
toddmiller Nov 2012 #31
amandabeech Nov 2012 #2
anobserver2 Nov 2012 #3
amandabeech Nov 2012 #8
Little Star Nov 2012 #24
Kolesar Nov 2012 #33
SoapBox Nov 2012 #10
unc70 Nov 2012 #21
DallasNE Nov 2012 #15
alcibiades_mystery Nov 2012 #17
dixiegrrrrl Nov 2012 #28
DallasNE Nov 2012 #29
DallasNE Nov 2012 #30
anobserver2 Nov 2012 #32
Heather MC Nov 2012 #4
anobserver2 Nov 2012 #5
anobserver2 Nov 2012 #6
anobserver2 Nov 2012 #7
Festivito Nov 2012 #14
amandabeech Nov 2012 #12
alcibiades_mystery Nov 2012 #19
amandabeech Nov 2012 #27
Cosmocat Nov 2012 #22
rocktivity Nov 2012 #26
Dark n Stormy Knight Nov 2012 #9
SoapBox Nov 2012 #11
SunSeeker Nov 2012 #13
bonniebgood Nov 2012 #18
alcibiades_mystery Nov 2012 #16
tanyev Nov 2012 #20
tibbiit Nov 2012 #23
Kingofalldems Nov 2012 #25

Response to anobserver2 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:05 AM

1. I don't know how reliable this news really is...

...it comes from this excerpt:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/the-sins-of-general-david-petraeus

Sources who long feared him have already begun to leak salacious details; one told me this weekend that he took Broadwell along with him on a government-funded trip to Paris in July 2011.

But, I would think someone could check this out.

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Response to anobserver2 (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:46 AM

31. Pattern of unnamed sources being inaccurate

This article] identifies a number of inconsistencies in unnamed sources. For example, most newspapers report that the shirtless FBI agent was removed from the case but the NY magazine filmed 2 days ago removing boxes from the Broadwell's house.

The time lines vary with some claiming Broadwell first confessed to the affair in the summer while others put in October and NYT stated it was in September. Why would the FBI find evidence of classified info on her computer a month or more ago and then wait until 2 days ago to pick it up?

and Allen - Kelleys 20,000-30,000 pages of documents over a 3 year period? That's 18-40 emails per day. That's very bizarre or inaccurate IMO

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Response to anobserver2 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:16 AM

2. When you're in a high visibility, high security post, and you're married,

it's kind of dumb to be hauling your extra-martial partner around on your employer's business.

It will be found out, and you may lose everything.

However, the only possible link to the Benghazi issue is the speech that Broadwell made to a Univ. of Denver audience that could be interpreted as claiming that the CIA Annex in B-Z was holding permanent prisoners against our President's 2009 directive. If the CIA is acting in contravention of the President, that clearly is a problem. But I think here that the story has devolved to a story pertaining solely to the prurient interest.

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:30 AM

3. Isn't July 2011 prior to Sept 2011?

I am thinking this alleged time frame is when he was still in the military - July 2011 - meaning if there was an affair at that point,
then, he was committing a crime according to news reports.

Other reports have claimed the start of this alleged affair to be Sept 2011 when he became head of the CIA.

In addition, if there was an affair, and if there was a crime being committed, I can tell you that I do not want
my taxes paying his romp in Paris. I would think that is another crime, again, if true.

So, if true -- I think this is REALLY bad news for the general.

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Response to anobserver2 (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:49 AM

8. Yes, this could be very bad for him.

Hubris kills.

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Response to anobserver2 (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 10:53 AM

24. I was trying to figure out if he was still...

in the military when he took her to Paris. Looks like he might have been. I agree, if true, this little trip sounds like bad news for him.

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Response to anobserver2 (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:44 AM

33. While pensioners with a $1000 SS check are told "they will have to share the pain..."

"...because we are fiscally insolvent."

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:57 AM

10. Speaking of dumb...and hauling around the mistress

Uh, John Edwards.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:41 AM

21. Not on taxpayer nor campaign funds

Despite all the allegations, the trial showed that Edwards and Baron paid all Hunter's expenses.

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:56 AM

15. That Denver Speech Looks To Be A Problem

In what capacity would Broadwell have access to internal CIA operations and why would she reveal something so sensitive, perhaps classified. Indeed, why was she even speaking in Denver. Was it to sell her book. Maybe someone needs to read that book and find out what other beans she may have spilled.

Then if this is not enough, we now learn that Jill Kelley, the woman that Broadwell sent the threating email's to wasn't so innocent after all. It seems that she and the current commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Allen, have been having an affair of their own so Broadwell's concerns may have been well placed. I wondered why Kelley lawyered up at the same time as Broadwell lawyered up.

The way things are going, it would not surprise me if other women step forward with stories of their own. Thanks Viagra, for helping keep us entertained.

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #15)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:02 AM

17. "Thanks Viagra, for helping keep us entertained."

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #15)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:21 PM

28. Kelley and Allen affair--has that been confirmed? got a link?

I have been following the story all day and have not found any info, of confirmed affair.

It all looks pretty suspicious, for sure.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #28)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:03 PM

29. It's True, We Just Have Smoke -- Lots Of It

I came across an article that I find interesting -- not saying it is true but it sure is interesting. And it would be super serious should it pan out.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/13/1161265/-Jill-Kelley-Khawam-The-Lebanese-Mata-Hari

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #29)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:51 PM

30. The Plot Thickens -- Broadwell Emailed Allen

Warning him to steer clear of Jill Kelley. In a sense, this puts Broadwell in a good light for a change. Especially if the speculation about Kelley's intentions in the dailykos link pans out. It is also interesting how well all of these people knew one another, how to contact them personally, etc., especially considering that they had no official capacity

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-investigating-how-petraeus-biographer-broadwell-obtained-classified-files/2012/11/13/e61a5cfc-2dd5-11e2-beb2-4b4cf5087636_singlePage.html

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #29)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:31 AM

32. Also weird what judge concluded about Jilll and her sister in the custody court case

I thought something like that with respect to what is in that Kos piece you posted.
Also this:

I thought it quite weird what the judge in the child custody case concluded about
Jill and her sister. I read in a newspaper the judge did NOT award custody of the young child to the mother
(Jill's sister) in her divorce case, and instead awarded FULL custody to the father.

The reason given by the judge was this: Jill is not a credible witness (and is a liar), as Jill lied when she testified
the husband had pushed the twin sister/mother down the stairs.

So, in short, despite this testimony from Jill (which the judge says is a lie), AND as we now find out,
despite TWO character witnesses for the sisters WHO ARE IN THE US MILITARY WITH THE RANK OF GENERAL --
Jill's sister lost custody of her kid in her divorce.

Very weird and very odd, the whole thing. Because it sounds like the judge was DISMISSING the testimony of
TWO generals along with Jill's testimony.

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Response to anobserver2 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:32 AM

4. Anyone getting the feeling the Media is blowing this up because they don't want to talk about Obama?

I mean they are acting like this is the first highprofile man to ever cheat.
They all us Gov'ment funds for their side pieces if they can.

I guess I am just jaded to this sort of thing. but he isn't the first and he won't be the last. and my Prediction the one who is pushing this the hardest in Washington is probably cheating on his wife too!

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Response to Heather MC (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:35 AM

5. Too many pieces do not really fit here

I read somewhere that the woman in Tampa was a witness in her twin sister's
custody battle, and her testimony was deemed not credible, so her twin sister lost
custody of her young kid. If she is a liar, then - I am thinking there may be no emails
ever given to the FBI guy who is now deemed to have been shirtless at one time and
is not named anywhere. It seems like too many weird things are going on.

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Response to anobserver2 (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:37 AM

6. And then there is Paula's father's quotes

And there are the statements publicly made by Paula's father. I don't know what to believe, but I think there is a lot we will never know.

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Response to anobserver2 (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:41 AM

7. From Andrea Mitchell at NBC

Even the reporter who broke this story, Andrea Mitchell at NBC, now has this on her website:

mitchellreportsmitchellreports FBI opens probe into agent who launched probe of Jill Kelley emails for getting too close sending her shirtless emails this getting crazier

"This getting crazier" she says. It's getting too weird for her, too.

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Response to anobserver2 (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:02 AM

14. As though the whole story is backward.

Like, how do they know Paula sent the emails, if someone hacked or had access to her account.

There are so many possibilities right now.

NPR tries to stop further thinking by having a reporter with a "friend" close to the sources. Questionable report.

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Response to anobserver2 (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:13 AM

12. The woman in Tampa is now named as having send and received multitudinous

e-mails with the general who is now in charge of Afghanistan. Gen Allen?

It just gets weirder and weirder.

Meanwhile, there's a lot of work to be done in DC with respect to sequestration. But that's a boring topic compared to dual sex scandals.

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:05 AM

19. On the plus side, it gets hard (ahem) to argue against military cuts in the sequestration

If this is the perception of the military at the moment.

Joe Six Pack: "20,000 pages of email for the top commander in Afghanistan, and we can't cut a single fucking dime from the military budget? Really?"

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Response to alcibiades_mystery (Reply #19)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:37 PM

27. Good point, and well expressed! n/t

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Response to Heather MC (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:04 AM

22. They are blowing it up because they are too simple minded

to really understand what is going on, but think it is something that will negatively impact the President ...

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Response to Heather MC (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:10 PM

26. A CIA employee having an affair IS news

if only because he (or she) is blackmail-able by enemies foreign or (even worse) domestic.


rocktivity

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Response to anobserver2 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:56 AM

9. Another Republican on the front lines fighting for the sanctity of marriage.

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:59 AM

11. LOL

GOP Poster Child!

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Response to anobserver2 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:19 AM

13. I will never understand why high profile people think they can hide dalliances.

If this story is true, he wasn't even trying to hide it. Patraeus is either an incredible dumbass or a psychopath.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:03 AM

18. I dont agree with him being a dumbass. I do agree He is a republican

psychopath with lots of taxpayer money and power at his disposal.

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Response to anobserver2 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:00 AM

16. It's kinda funny that the shit they say about Obama is actually true of their hero Petraeus

What, a complete junket, taking a nice Paris (Paris!) vacation with your mistress?

Tsk, tsk, General.



Glad this dude was shitcanned. Should have probably been spotted and acted on earlier.

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Response to anobserver2 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:24 AM

20. I expect Fox News to be much more outraged by this than by the Obama family trip to Paris.

Waiting......







Still waiting......



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Response to anobserver2 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:14 AM

23. I think its preparing the ground for jebby in 2016

elimination of one of the big competitors.
tib

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Response to anobserver2 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:17 PM

25. Neocon values

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