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. s kel

    Good, shes a classic gold digger.

    November 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      Gold Diggers genereally get financial benefits from their arrangement...

      November 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. us_1776

    CENTCOM has suspended Jill Kelley's VIP privileges at MacDill AFB Home of Central Command.

    No more unescorted access for you, baby.


    November 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      You are no longer welcome here.... go..... just go........(turned away and pointing into the rain)

      November 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Giving up the vanity plate is really going to hurt!

      November 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Justin

    No soup for you!

    November 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Myer

    King's College London needs to strip her degree becasue she violated human subject protection in her research. She clearly took advantage of her subject and even destoryed his career, so for what, a book? She is the most unethical researcher I have known in recent time. She put academic to shame.

    November 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Yep, if her school lets her slide on this one. I think all the IRB around the world will be shock. King's will be well known for producing unethical scientists and researchers.

      November 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      1000s of hours of hardwork wasted.

      November 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RainCityLady

    That speaks volumes about you, Colonel. Nice going. I'll bet you're no prize yourself.

    November 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SayItAin'tSo

    In the words of the Kanye West song, "I ain't saying she's a gold digger, but she ain't messin' with no broke, broke...".

    November 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      yeah but gen "betrayedus " was not a broke........! Lol

      November 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sad4Willis

    TO Col Hogan: Wow! That's classy ... excuse away his bad behavior and blame his wife! To paraphrase Sgt. Shultz, "You know nothing!"

    November 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Col Hogan

      GFY Willy

      November 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Oh No

    It doesn't matter what kind of clearance she had, it's called 'need to know' and I doubt she really needed to know!

    November 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Basher

    Reminds me of a song..."Let the sideshow begin, hurry, hurry, step right on in..."

    This is smoke and mirrors to allow the CinC some breathing room on Libya.

    November 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bradley Olsen

    Col Hogan to are a disgrace to your rank. I only hope you are just playing soldier.

    November 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Col Hogan


      November 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dominick

    What kind of person are you that the concept of love, devotion, faithfulness and truthfulness to one's marriage promises are nothing more than empty words that can be thrown away when life becomes less pleasant? An empty shell of a human being, that is what you show yourself to be.

    November 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • November15

      Happens all the time..

      November 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • cloudyproject

      That's a remarkably simplistic idea, especially considering you have no real insight into the people involved. Sometimes it happens. It's probably a sign of weakness of character in many cases. In others perhaps not. Many people endure marriages that should be ended and it takes "an affair" to open their eyes. Don't christians say something about not judging and a "mile in their shoes"? Good advice.

      November 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoTheism

      People change over time.

      November 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gary

    She knew better than to have classified information on her pc; therefore, she deserves whatever is coming to her. Oh, she can write off any more promotions.

    November 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • usrnm

      Right...and under the U.C.M.J., she stands to lose her Commission. Stupidity has no bounds. (and that goes for the General, as well).

      November 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Syd Chaden

    Taking away her security clearance is outrageous. So, she slept with a general, and blabbed a secret. If she had slept with Bill Clinton, or Hillaryl, it would have been OK, and blabbing secrets is the practice, not the exception, with the Obama administration. If she was black, the Black Caucus and the ACLU would be screaming.

    November 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. High Horses

    Bah. some people can't take a joke – it was funny – admit it.

    November 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    Have those of you responding to "Col Hogan's" comment heard and or watched " Hogan's Heroes"? I really don't think Col Hogan is legitimate and if he is then he is a disgrace to all military officers.

    November 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan S

      Jeff: You wrote that "Col. Hogan" was "a disgrace to all military officers." Col. Hogan's comment about Mrs. Petraeus was irreverent and tacky, but, on the other hand, true and a bit amusing. His offense? He wrote an unkind truth. I'm unable to find disgrace in that.

      November 14, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
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