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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:30 PM

"Did Paula Broadwell Divulge Classified Information?"

Did Paula Broadwell Divulge Classified Information?

By Margaret Hartmann

Paula Broadwell, possibly divulging secrets.

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An unusual aspect of the current sex scandal consuming the political world is the volume of information related to the affair that's available for public perusal. While we're often forced to make do with a grainy Facebook photo of the non-famous cheater, in this case one can read Paula Broadwell's biography of David Petraeus, see her discuss how they first bonded on The Daily Show, and watch her declare, "I’m not in love with David Petraeus," in an interview. (And speculate about a certain Ethicist column, though the Times says it has nothing to do with Petraeus.) Now a video has surfaced that adds fuel to the speculation about whether Petraeus shared classified information with Broadwell. While speaking on October 26 at the University of Denver, Broadwell said in response to a question about the 9/11 attack in Benghazi, “Now I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually — had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So that’s still being vetted.” That sounds to some like Broadwell was referring to an unreported detail about the attack — though it's also possible that she just misunderstood something she heard on Fox News.

In the beginning of her response (34 minutes into the video) Broadwell references an exclusive Fox News report that had just come out. As the Daily Beast points out, during that report correspondent Jennifer Griffen says, "Those at the CIA annex took into custody three Libyan attackers and were forced to hand them over to the Libyan February 17th forces that came to help at the annex." Griffen was saying that Libyan attackers were taken into custody for a short time hours after the fighting started, not that their capture sparked the attack. On Sunday the CIA said that Broadwell's suggestion that prisoners were held in the annex was untrue.

Still, that isn't the only evidence that Broadwell, a former military intelligence officer, knew more than she should have. The Washington Post reports, "Officers close to Petraeus grew concerned about her posts on Facebook, which they believed sometimes divulged sensitive operational details." According to the New York Times, when Broadwell was first interviewed by the FBI on October 21 she voluntarily turned over her computer. Agents found several classified documents during the search, but both Broadwell and Petraeus denied that he'd given her the files.



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DURHAM D Nov 2012 #1

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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:55 PM

1. The media is generally ignoring the implications of classified documents on her computer.

Senator Feinstein is not ignoring it however. She was interviewed by Andrea Mitchell today. She commented on the fact that a former Director of the CIA John Deutch lost his security clearance because he had classified documents on his home computer.

I believe that Paula has been functioning as an inside source (mole) for Fox News. Was she leaking real info or made up info? Was this organized with Petraeus or someone else at the CIA?

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