Here's yet another national story with a Denver connection: the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus after he admitted to an extramarital affair. His reported mistress, biographer Paula Broadwell, earned a master's degree from the University of Denver -- and now, news outlets are suggesting she may have revealed national security secrets during remarks at a DU event in October. Could her remarks have contributed to the ex-Iraq commander's fall? See the video below.
Broadwell, who co-authored All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, a book whose title practically invited snarky jokes in the wake of infidelity revelations, was in Denver twice last month, according to the Denver Post -- on October 9 at a party for Republican state legislature candidates and October 26 for what's described as a "DU alumni symposium."
At the latter, Broadwell referenced a then-contemporary Fox News piece about Libyans taken into custody following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four, including ambassador Chris Stevens -- a report that turned out to be inaccurate according to Gawker. At DU, however, Broadwell said, "Now I don't know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually -- had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back."
If that statement's true, it qualifies as a new revelation of potentially classified information. But is it? Broadwell may simply have been misstating the Fox News report, and thereby ascribing a false motive to the attack. Moreover, Gawker notes that Broadwell's affair with Petraeus had ended months before her Denver remarks -- and since Stevens and the others were killed on September 11, she might not have been able to get the information from the CIA director.
Even so, FBI investigators looking into claims of threatening e-mails Broadwell allegedly sent to a Florida-based friend of Petraeus's could have seen her loose lips in Denver as part of a behavioral pattern -- one that might result in confidential details she heard from her former lover being divulged.
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