Ex-CIA Director Patraeus’ Affair Discovered By A String of Emails


Ex-CIA Director David Patraeus was surprised when it was discovered that his biographer and secret girlfriend, Paula Broadwell, was suspected of sending anonymous, threatening emails to a friend of Patraeus’ that she viewed as a romantic rival.

Patraeus was told by FBI investigators that Broadwell sent harassing emails to Jill Kelley, a family friend of Patraeus, warning her to stay away from him. Kelley and Patraeus know each other from his time at Central Command in Tampa.

Patraeus stepped down abruptly as the nation’s head spy last Friday after acknowledging that he had been involved in an extramarital affair. He and his family are said to be devastated over the affair. His wife Holly “is not exactly pleased right now,” according to Steve Boylan, a friend and former Patraeus spokesman. Boylan spoke with Patraeus over the weekend.

The affair began about two months after Patraeus took over as director of the CIA in September 2011 and ended about four months ago, according to Boylan.

“He deeply regrets and knows how much pain this causes his family,” stated Boylan in an interview with Good Morning America.

Patraeus has been married to wife Holly for 38 years and have two adult children, including a son who led an infantry platoon in Afghanistan as an Army lieutenant.

Broadwell is a 40-year-old graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and an Army Reserve officer. She is married with two sons.

A spokeswoman for Kelley issued a statement on Sunday saying that Kelley and her family had been friends with the Patraeus family for over five years.

Broadwell traveled to Afghanistan in 2010 where Patraeus was serving as the top commander. Reportedly, Patraeus had granted her wide access as reported in her biography of him, All In: The Education of General David Patraeus. The two first met at Harvard University in 2006 where she was a graduate student.

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