TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Friends and former staff members say CIA Director David Petraeus (peh-TRAY'-uhs) was shocked to learn last summer that his mistress was suspected of sending threatening emails warning another woman to stay away from him.
Petraeus told these associates his relationship with the second woman, Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, was platonic, though his biographer-turned-lover Paula Broadwell apparently saw her as a romantic rival.
The friends also say Petraeus denies he gave Broadwell any of the sensitive military information alleged to have been found on her computer. They say Petraeus told them that anything she had must have been provided by other commanders during reporting trips to Afghanistan.
Broadwell had high security clearances on her own as part of her job as a reserve Army major working for military intelligence. But those clearances are only in effect when a soldier is on active duty, which she was not at the time she researched the Petraeus biography.
Petraeus led U.S. military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming CIA director. He resigned the post Friday, acknowledging his affair with Broadwell and expressing deep regret.
191-c-20-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"emails in question"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports ex-CIA chief David Petraeus is telling friends he was dismayed by the way his affair came to the attention of the FBI. (12 Nov 2012)
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156-w-36-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with retired Colonel Steve Boylan, former spokesman for General David Petraeus)--New details are emerging about the extramarital affair that led to the resignation of CIA chief David Petraeus. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (12 Nov 2012)
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GRAPHICSBANK: David Petraeus, as US General and Commander of US and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, posing with his biographer Paula Broadwell (l-r), image provided by International Security Assistance Force via their Flickr photostream, photo (12 Nov 2012)
APPHOTO FLCO113: Jill Kelley leaves her home Monday, Nov 12, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. Kelley is identified as the woman who allegedly received harassing emails from Gen. David Petraeus' paramour, Paula Broadwell. She serves as an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where the military's Central Command and Special Operations Command are located. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (12 Nov 2012)
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