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CIA Director, David Patraeus, Resigns

David Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA citing an extramarital affair.

It was later learned he had an affair with the woman who wrote a biography on Patraeus and spoke with the general at length during her research.

There are now concerns about national security and how much the woman, Paula Broadwell, knows.

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Jill Kelley (Source: WFTS)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN)- It seems like everybody loves a good scandal except the people involved in it.

How must it feel to be Jill Kelley right now?

Talking heads, journalists and the Chatty Cathys everywhere are telling stories about her and how she might be tied to the downfall of America’s top spy David Petraeus. National security secrets could be at stake, though no one has offered proof of a breach.

She’s kept quiet, yet details of her personal life are quickly leaking out. Reports don’t reveal much except that she’s a socialite who threw charity events for the military community in Tampa where she lives with her oncologist husband and three kids. The Tampa Tribune published a story about her financial problems.

Her hometown newspaper in Philadelphia trotted out some basic biography: Kelley’s parents immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in the 1970s and once ran a restaurant in New Jersey. She has a twin sister.

A picture of Kelley walking out of her home wearing a smart canary yellow dress and carrying a hot pink handbag has led stories on major news outlets with headlines such as:

Jill Kelley: Five Facts About the Petraeus Affair’s Mystery Woman

It all sounds so salacious. And some of it is very harsh.

A senior official close to another military superstar ensnared in the controversy — the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen — called Kelley a “bored, rich socialite involved with every single senior commander” because she did unpaid work as a military “honorary ambassador.”

Allen has his own role in this controversy. More on him later.

What is known, beyond all the speculation and whispered excitement, is what the FBI has said: Last summer, Kelley went to a friend who worked at the agency’s Tampa branch because she was receiving allegedly “jealous” e-mails from an unknown person.

That person is now believed to be Paula Broadwell, a woman with whom Petraeus was having an affair.

Petraeus, who has acknowledged his relationship with Broadwell, is a married father of two who many regarded as one of the finest military commanders in recent U.S. history.

Before the scandal broke, Broadwell said in numerous interviews to plug her book about him, titled “All In,” that she spent hours with Petraeus in Afghanistan. The two bonded on long runs together, she said.

Critics have described Broadwell’s biography as gushing. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart joked about whether her book made Petraeus look “awesome or incredibly awesome.”

Now “All In” is being parsed for double entendres.

FBI investigators, whose investigation began with Kelley’s complaint, eventually found explicit e-mail exchanges between Petraeus and Broadwell that revealed the affair.

Petraeus resigned as CIA chief on Friday, writing to CIA staff that he’d acted in ways “unacceptable both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”

Cue the insatiable news media and its endless news cycle. By Monday, FBI agents had searched Broadwell’s tony home in Charlotte, North Carolina, telling CNN they were looking for any documents sensitive to national security.

Kelley, 37, and her husband Scott, haven’t said a word.

They released only two sentences.

“We and our family have been friends with General Petraeus and his family for over five years. We respect his and his family’s privacy and want the same for us and our three children.”

More glimpses at the Kelleys come from a gossip column in 2010 in the Tampa Tribune. It describes Petraeus and his wife arriving in a 28-cop motorcade to a pirate-themed party under a white tent on Jill and Scott Kelley’s front lawn. High-profile partiers munched lamb and crab cakes.

Petraeus wore a tan baseball hat and an outfit that looked more suited for mall speed-walking than black-tie waltzing. Holly Petraeus, to whom he’s been married for more than 37 years, posed for a photo with Kelley and her twin sister, Natalie Khawam.

Kelley was dedicated to helping host parties that benefited the military, local event planner Linda Baldwin told the Tampa Tribune.

“Jill was such an awesome client,” said Baldwin, the owner of Events by Amore, which catered the pirate party Petraeus attended. “[Kelley] did so much for the military, fabulous mother and amazing wife; can’t say enough nice things about her. She never spared anything for the military. It was all about them.”

Karyn Anjali is a longtime social and celebrity columnist for Tampa area high society magazine Panache Vue. She said she frequents many military functions as well as the celebrity affairs in the area. She told CNN she’d never heard of Kelley.

“I have no idea who she is. I have handled all the major events in this town for a long time now, and I am a little surprised I don’t know her,” Anjali said. “A lot of us go to the same places, the same restaurants for lunch, the same parties, the same functions. I myself am quite well-known, and I do not know her.”

So far the only member of Kelley’s family who has spoken to reporters is her brother David Khawam.

“My sister got anonymous e-mails,” he told CNN affiliate KYW Philadelphia. “Because of her stature and her position, she was scared. She filed a complaint with the local authorities, and that trickled down to everything that’s going on right now.”

Kelley is a “dedicated mother, a dedicated wife,” her brother added.

After that initial interview with the affiliate, Khawam refused to talk further and referred all media inquiries to Judy Smith, Washington’s top scandal spinner who is said to have inspired the new television drama “Scandal.”

Jill Kelley has retained Smith and top Washington lawyer Abbe Lowell, famous for representing clients such as disgraced former Sen. John Edwards and ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Regardless of who is talking, the scandal involving Kelley is growing by the hour.

The Pentagon said Tuesday that the investigation surrounding Petraeus and Broadwell has expanded to include Allen. Allen replaced Petraeus after he left that post to lead the CIA.

The FBI has discovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of documents — most of them e-mails — that have “potentially inappropriate” correspondence between Kelley and Allen.

Some of the e-mails between Allen and Kelley might be described as “flirtatious,” according to a defense official who was cleared to speak to the media.

However, the official told CNN that flirtatious could mean anything from “Hey, you look good in that dress the other night” to something more serious.

“There was no security information exchanged. There was nothing hateful in the messages,” the official said. “It was not threatening.”

CNN’s Ashley Fantz, Barbara Starr, Chris Lawrence and Drew Griffin contributed to this report.

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SACRAMENTO -

CIA Director David Petraeus resigned after admitting to an affair and one expert says many people can relate to his scandal.

Marriage and Family Therapist Dr. Stephen Grinstead says approximately 30% to 60% of spouses cheat on their partner.

Dr. Grinstead says, “A lot of people who have high stress lifestyles are always looking for the next adrenaline fix. There’s nothing like doing something secretive, shameful and elicit to bring up the energy level.”

He says couples can find effective ways to deal with cheating though and about half of all couples who seek help are able to save their marriages.

Watch the video for some of Grinstead’s advice for struggling couples.

General David Patraeus

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The last time someone accused David H. Petraeus of a betrayal, the case was a lot more overtly political and the four-star general had a lot more coverage from across the ideological spectrum.

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(CNN) — Unlike many stories about powerful Washington figures having secret affairs, the downfall of spy chief David Petraeus goes deeper than sex.

The scandal surrounding the decorated four-star Army general who once ran the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan involves questions of national security, politics and even the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.

Petraeus resigned Friday after acknowledging he had an affair with a woman later identified as his biographer, Paula Broadwell, a fellow West Point graduate who spent months studying the general’s leadership of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Days after Petraeus’ resignation stunned Washington, information continues to emerge. Among other things, a video has surfaced of a speech by Petraeus’ paramour in which she suggested the Libya attack was targeting a secret prison at the Benghazi consulate annex, raising unverified concerns about possible security leaks.

The affair came to light during an FBI investigation of “jealous” e-mails reportedly sent by Broadwell to a woman named Jill Kelley, a government source familiar with the investigation told CNN on Monday.

Kelley and her husband Scott released a statement saying they have been friends with Petraeus and his family for more than five years and asked for privacy.

Although Kelley lives in Tampa, Florida, she’s known as a member of Washington’s social circuit, according to the government source. The source has not spoken to Kelley, but says friends describe her as feeling like she is an “innocent victim.”

Petraeus has denied having an affair with anyone other than Broadwell, according to a friend of the former general who has spoken with him since news of the affair broke.

The scandal also is rumbling through the halls of Congress, where leaders in both parties are seeking answers about the FBI investigation and there’s much speculation about the impact Petraeus’ resignation will have into the inquiry into the Benghazi attack.

Petraeus was scheduled to testify on the attack and the government’s reaction to it this week.

Here’s a look at the major threads of this still-unfolding story:

Why does it matter? Security and Benghazi

While affairs may be commonplace in Washington, when they involve the director of the CIA, things can take on a different tone.

The Justice Department has said there was no breach of national security as a result of Petraeus’ affair, but that hasn’t stopped discussion that Broadwell could have gained access to classified information as a result of what she has routinely described as “unprecedented access” to Petraeus.

That discussion seemed to gain momentum Monday thanks to comments Broadwell made in a speech last month at the University of Denver.

“I don’t know if a lot of you have heard this, but the CIA annex had actually taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to get these prisoners back,” Broadwell said.

A senior intelligence official told CNN on Monday, “These detention claims are categorically not true. Nobody was ever held at the annex before, during, or after the attacks.”

Broadwell’s source for that previously unpublished bit of information remains unclear, and there’s no evidence so far that it came from Petraeus. Administration officials have said the Benghazi assault was a terrorist attack.

The New York Times also reported Sunday that investigators found classified documents on Broadwell’s laptop computer. The newspaper cited investigators as saying Petraeus denied he had given them to her.

Retired Gen. James “Spider” Marks, for whom Broadwell once worked and who knows Petraeus, said he doubts security protocols were breached despite what seems an unlikely indiscretion on the part of Petraeus.

“There’s almost zero percent chance that national security was compromised or at risk,” he said Monday.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said an extramarital affair by a CIA officer is not automatically considered a security violation.

“It depends on the circumstances,” the official said.

The official also said Broadwell did not have a security clearance from the CIA.

Another official said Broadwell, who is a reserve Army officer, did have some kind of security clearance and that there are no issues with Broadwell having unauthorized access to classified information.

Petraeus’ resignation also presents challenges to the congressional inquiry into the Benghazi attack.

CNN has confirmed that Petraeus recently traveled to Libya to meet the CIA station chief to discuss the attack. He was scheduled to testify before a congressional committee this week on the assault and the U.S. government response to it.

That will now not happen, but it is possible that he could be summoned by Congress to testify later.

Some Republicans have criticized the administration’s response to the Benghazi attack and have speculated that Petraeus’ departure was linked to the congressional inquiry.

Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said elements of the story “don’t add up.” He called Petraeus “an absolutely essential witness, maybe more than anybody else.”

However, a senior U.S. official said Petraeus’ departure wasn’t connected to the Benghazi hearing.

“Director Petraeus’ frank and forthright letter of resignation stands on its own,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. “Any suggestion that his departure has anything to do with criticism about Benghazi is completely baseless.”

The investigation

The affair came to light when an FBI investigation looked into a complaint that Broadwell was sending harassing e-mails to another woman close to Petraeus, a U.S. official told CNN.

During the investigation, other communications surfaced between Petraeus and Broadwell, a married mother of two, according to the official.

Petraeus used a personal account to e-mail Broadwell, not his CIA account, a U.S. official said Sunday. The FBI interviewed Petraeus, said the official, who stressed that the CIA director was never the target of the investigation and his communications were never compromised. The official did not know whether Broadwell was interviewed.

The official could not say if the investigation continues.

Questions have arisen about why congressional leaders were not informed of the investigation immediately.

According to a congressional aide familiar with the matter, the House and Senate intelligence committees weren’t informed that there was an FBI investigation into the situation until Friday.

“The committees are required to be kept informed of significant intelligence activities,” the aide said Saturday. “If there was an official investigation that was looking, at least in part, at information that was compromising the CIA director, then I think there’s a solid argument to say that the committee leadership should have been notified to at least some level of detail.”

But former FBI assistant director Tom Fuentes told CNN on Monday that if, as the investigation progresses, the FBI is not “uncovering criminal activity” or a “breach of security” then “there really isn’t a need” to notify members of Congress.

The FBI has “very strict protocols” about who should be notified in this type of investigation, Fuentes said.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, knew in October about Petraeus’ involvement in an extramarital affair, a spokesman for the congressman told CNN on Sunday.

Doug Heye said Cantor was tipped to the information by an FBI employee. The congressman had a conversation with the official, described as a whistle-blower, about the affair and national security concerns involved in the matter, he said. The affair

According to a Charlotte Observer story from January, Broadwell and Petraeus first met in 2006 at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was a student.

According to the newspaper, she told him about her interest in studying military leadership. He gave her his business card and offered his help.

“He really cares about mentoring,” she said.

Broadwell later traveled to Afghanistan, where she interviewed Petraeus repeatedly, sometimes on long runs that likely increased the general’s respect for her, Marks told CNN.

“She probably kicked his butt,” Marks said. “And it was probably the first time that had ever happened to him, so he let his guard down. He brought her in.”

Out of those conversations and months of other research came the best-selling book “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.”

In promoting the book, and defending it against critics who said it was too sympathetic, she frequently spoke of her unprecedented access to the general and glowingly of his character.

“I’m not a spokesperson for him, and if showing a role model to other people in the world or other readers is a repugnant thing, then I’m sorry, but I think the values that he upholds and tries to instill in his organizations are valuable and worth pointing out,” she told CNN in February.

The actual affair began about two months after Petraeus took over at the CIA in September 2011, according to Petraeus’ friend.

It ended about four months ago, and the two last talked about a month ago, the friend said.

The decision to end the relationship was mutual, the friend said.

According to her biography at the University of Denver, Broadwell graduated with honors from the U.S. Military Academy and has had “assignments with the U.S. intelligence community, U.S. Special Operations Command and an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.”

She is a now a doctoral student at King’s College in London, where her webpage indicates she is interested in studying military leadership, organizational and management theories and U.S. foreign, defense and intelligence policies.

CNN has not been able to contact Broadwell for comment. Her house did not appear occupied Monday.

Former Petraeus spokesman Steve Boylan said the retired general is devastated by the incident.

“He’s taking this hard,” Boylan said. “He is aware of the impact this has had on his family, and he knows what a wonderful family he has. On a personal level, he sees this as a failure, and this is a man who has never failed at anything.”

By Michael Pearson

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David Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA.

In a statement issued Friday, he 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.”

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