It has been revealed that Paula Broadwell, the author of the biography, "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus," was the woman in the extramarital affair that Petraeus cited as the reason for his resignation from the CIA.
The CNN reports Petraeus has been the subject of an FBI investigation over a few months before he announced his resignation. According to Fox News, the investigation began when the FBI received a tip about suspicious emails from Broadwell.
The CNN reports that following the tip, the FBI discovered the relationship between Broadwell and Petraeus and launched an investigation to see if the relationship posed any "potential security risk."
According to YNetNews, US officials say the FBI discovered Patraeus's affair with Broadwell after they began monitoring emails on suspicion that Broadwell may have accessed the general's personal email account.
Petraeus's email exchanges with Broadwell contained sexually explicit messages. Newsmax reports that after Petraeus was sworn in as CIA director, Broadwell broke up the relationship, but Petraeus continued to send her emails over several months.
According to NBC News, law enforcement officials said Broadwell is being investigated for trying to access Petraeus's email and possibly gain access to classified information.
However, officials said that Petraeus was not investigated for any criminal offense. According to the NY Post, philandering is sufficient grounds to consider a court-martial for breach of national security in the case of a senior official as Petraeus, as it could expose the official to blackmail.
Slate was the first news outlet to name Broadwell.
Broadwell co-authored the book "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, " with Vernon Loeb. The Daily Beast describes the book as "a glowing 400-page biography of Petraeus, for which she was granted almost total access."
The Daily Beast reports that after the biography was published in January, may commenters said it read more like a love letter to the general than a biography. According to The Daily Beast, in an interview with Rolling Stone, a critic described the biography as “a work of fan fiction so fawning that not even Max Boot—a Petraeus buddy and Pentagon sock puppet—could bring himself to rave about it.”
President Barack Obama and Gen. David Petraeus depart the White House Oval Office
Last week, Broadwell published an article titled, "David Petraeus’s Rules for Living," in The Daily Beast/Newsweek. She wrote: "We all will make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them, to learn from them, and to take off the rear-view mirrors - drive on and avoid making them again."
The Daily Beast, in short biography of Broadwell, writes:
"Broadwell, 40, is a research associate at Havard's Center for Public leadership. She is also a PhD candidate in the department of war studies at King's College London. She is married to Scott Broadwell, an interventionist radiologist. The Broadwells live in the upper middle class Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C with two sons Landon and Lucien.Broadwell grew up in North Dakota and attended West Point, Patraeus' alma mater where she graduated with honors. She has worked for the US Special Operations Command and an FBI joint terrorism task force.
"She earned an MA from The University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies; an MPA from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and served as the deputy director of the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at the Fletcher School at Tufts."
According to The Daily Beast, Broadwell is,
"...tall and stunning, with long dark hair and green eyes. According to her biography, she has been a 'sponsored ½ Ironman triathlete' as well as a female model/ demonstrator' for KRISS, a manufacturer of .45-caliber machine guns."
The two met in 2006 after Patraeus delivered a lecture at the Havard's Kennedy School of Government. Broadwell was studying for a master's degree at the school. She introduced herself to the general after the lecture and spoke to him about her research. Petraeus offered to help, and the relationship blossomed.
US President Barack Obama accepted Petraeus's resignation on Friday. According to Fox News, Petraeus met with President Obama on Thursday and submitted his resignation letter.
In a message to staff, Petraeus said he asked the President to allow him "step down." Fox News reports Petraeus said:
"After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation."
The incident comes at a time of controversy over the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, and Petraeus was scheduled to testify at hearings next week. In the midst of speculations that his resignation may have connection with the Benghazi attack, Petraeus stressed that his resignation was for strictly "personal reasons."
According to Fox News, in a written statement, Obama extolled Petraeus:
"Extraordinary service to the United States for decades... By any measure, he was one of the outstanding General officers of his generation, helping our military adapt to new challenges, and leading our men and women in uniform through a remarkable period of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he helped our nation put those wars on a path to a responsible end."
The White House has named Michael Morell, the agency's deputy director, as acting director. Fox News reports Morell was the key CIA aide in the White House to President George W. Bush at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Morell will now testify at the congressional briefings next week on the assault on the consulate in Benghazi.