Sources: Broadwell's security clearance suspended
Paula Broadwell's affair with CIA Director David Petraeus led to his resignation.
November 14th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Sources: Broadwell's security clearance suspended

Paula Broadwell, whose affair with CIA Director David Petraeus led to his resignation, has had her government security clearance suspended pending the outcome of ongoing investigations, two U.S. officials with direct knowledge told CNN's Barbara Starr.

A U.S. official previously said that Broadwell, an Army Reserve officer, did have some kind of security clearance.

Petraeus resigned from his CIA director post last week after an FBI investigation revealed he had an extramarital affair, an investigation that also prompted questions about whether his paramour, Broadwell, had inappropriate access to classified information.

Investigators have found classified information on a computer belonging to Broadwell, a law enforcement source told CNN national security contributor Fran Townsend. It was not clear if this was a computer seized at her home Monday night or one she had previously given to authorities when she cooperated back in September.

Earlier, John Nagl, a retired military officer who worked for Petraeus for years, said that Petraeus insists he never shared classified information with Broadwell. He spoke to him via e-mail on Monday and was authorized by Petraeus to talk.

Check out this story for more details on the investigation.

Filed under: CIA • Military • National security
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  1. TJ

    This woman is a fool. She ruined her career for a few nights in the sack with a married man. The officials will need to know the level of classified information, i.e. Secret, Top Secret, TS/SCI as well as what level of clearance did she have. They also need to know did she have a "need to know" the information. I would suspect that if she didn't have "the need to know", her clearance will be terminated and she will be kick out of the reserves. Hey Paula, was it really worth it??

    November 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I would turn that and ask Petraeus if it was worth a lifetime career like his? Or his marriage. Paula was not married.

      November 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      TJ, nice points. In addition to the probable lack of the need to know, sounds like this classified information was stored on a NIPRnet computer, potentially her own and at the very least the machine wasn't probably marked or stored. I doubt Ms. Broadwell has a GSA approved container to secure the laptop. The discussion that there is no wrong doing on her part as she had the clearance, is an oversimplification. If she in fact did improperly store or access classified data, it is only appropriate to have her clearance revoked and if that is required for her position she can be removed from the Reserves. Unfortunately despite her premier educational background, her athletic abilities and her "friendships" with high ranking officials, her judgement seems to have failed her in almost every regard.

      November 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Petraeus is not a prize. If his wife has been faithful then she is a prize. Broadwell gives good women a bad name.
    My question is why is it that when the FBI agent Jill Kelley contacted go to Republican congressman Cantor, he knew before the intelligence people knew. Cantor knew in Oct.

    November 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hondo

    Clearly we are suffering from a lack of moral fiber in this country. Perhaps its time for me to step in and serve. I may be the last guy on Earth worthy of a top secret clearance.

    November 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. helix10461

    Hey guys what do think how Broad her Well is?

    November 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sixtus

    and how about Jill Kelley's security clearance? honorary consul general of south korea, based in Tampa and cozy wth all levels of authority on USA shores?????? whether an american citizen or not, what info was she sending off to south korea????

    November 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Dude. Honorary consul doesn't mean anything. It is an honor like giving someone "the keys to the city" when they do something cool. But it is not a real key. He or she can't use that to mess around with the city traffic system or anything because it is just one big piece of cardboard. Same deal with the honorary consul. It is just a certificate you hang on the wall. The surprising thing is that she would use it to say that she was in fact a real diplomat and that she warranted diplomatic immunity. The problem with these people is that they aspire to be socially relevant. They are just way over their heads

      November 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. oldesalt

    what investigation was she cooperating with back in september?

    November 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sixtus

    biggest question is how can the head of the CIA not know the FBI was investigating this? and when he did find out, how come he didn't get dirt on all the others involved? certainly there were many knives out from many areas- fbi agent contacting a WA republican spreading the dirt....then how is it two generals from the same posting in tampa are nominated for these positions? CIA didnt have anyone in the system who could have taken over before Petraus? wonder the yahoos riding camels are getting away with junk when everyone in 'security" and "spying" is too busy getting big fat paychecks and diddling each other all day long

    November 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Same way as back in 2001 when the FBI and CIA weren't sharing info about the impending terrorist attacks.

      November 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Barbie

    I would be more surprised if her clearance didn't get suspended. No way she didn't know that was wrong.

    November 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • vtown

      r u saying she was naive about her job. or would you say she is an opportunist...

      November 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    Seriously? Now Jilly wishes she didn't turn in

    November 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hmm

    As a member of the US Army, Broadwell is subject to the UCMJ (uniform code of military justice). Article 134 is the article that covers adultery, which is an offense.

    Is she going to be treated the same way any other military personnel would be and receive disciplinary action? Inquiring minds want to know.

    November 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ctiggs

      Yea dude, as a former member , the majority of the military breaks the UCMJ every single day if you dont believe me look up "missionary" hint its how you have kids.

      November 14, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. thedeviluknow


    November 15, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. John Ingle

    Fascinated observer
    Everyone seems to accept Petraeus's claim that the affair started lonly after he had left the Army. That might be true, and it is a "convenient fact" for him if it is, since adultery in civilian life generally is not a criminal act. But Broadwell, as I understand it, is a reserve officer, which means she is in the military at some level. Petraeus's retirement does not insulate her adultery from coverage by the UCMJ, does it? And would he not be an accomplice in that conduct, either aiding and abetting it or conspiring with her to carry it out? Maybe he can be charged criminally, too, under federal law as an accomopliceto acts in furtherance of violations of the UCMJ, which is another body of federal law - albeit one of limited applicability?

    November 15, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Double Standard

      Since the illustrious Commander-in-Chief Bill Clinton received an oral morale booster in the oval office, while technically an offense, adultery is not prosecuted under the UCMJ. It's sort of like jay walking. I thank Ms. Broadwell for her contributions to national defense and helping keep David Petraeus' morale high. More women should be so patriotic.

      November 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ronvan

    hmm: Good point!! It will be VERY interesting to see where this one goes and its results! And of course we have to look at "double standards", officer vs enlisted. I do not recall the UCMJ addressing any "difference" as to punishments for officers & enlisted!? IF anything, officers should be held to higher standards, professional and personal, due to their vast responsibilities!

    November 15, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. gomlak redding

    lets be honest wth ourselves we all cheat when we deploy c'mon she knew what she was doing and proceededwith the action a choice. and no matter what the ramifications will be wth her high achievements good looks and power this will all pass. she knows how to work the system. people will purchase her books and make it number one on the new york best seller list! and that only means more money to gain!

    November 16, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
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