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Was Petraeus’s affair with Broadwell an open secret?

posted at 4:01 pm on November 12, 2012 by

Sure sounds that way.

A bigger shock came over Memorial Day weekend in 2010. Petraeus and his wife, Holly attended the Washington D.C. wedding of counterinsurgents David Kilcullen and Janine Davidson. So did Broadwell and her husband, Scott. Yet “Paula was on the arm of Petraeus throughout the whole reception,” says one attendee. “They were in each others’ personal space, with her husband and his wife right there.”

In July of that year, Petraeus assumed command of the war effort in Afghanistan. Broadwell arrived in Kabul shortly thereafter.

That wasn’t the only case of Broadwell joining Petraeus on his missions abroad:

Sources who long feared him have already begun to leak salacious details; one told me this weekend that he took Broadwell along with him on a government-funded trip to Paris in July 2011.

Wasn’t hard to put the pieces together:

Broadwell’s affair with Petraeus was likely known to Holly Petraeus, according to family friends. The FBI reportedly knew about it months beforehand and White House Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan reportedly was aware that there was a relationship as early as the summer of 2011.

If all of that’s true, how did Clapper and Obama have zero idea of all of this until last week? The president and DNI might want to know if their director of intelligence is potentially compromised, no?

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