The Petraeus Affair: A Who’s Who
(CNN) — Here’s a glance at the major players in the scandal stemming from an affair between Gen. David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell:
Gen. David Petraeus
Petraeus, 60, resigned November 9 as head of the CIA and admitted having an extra-marital affair. His mistress was later identified as his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The retired four-star general formerly oversaw coalition forces in Iraq as well as U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. He and his wife Holly, married 38 years, have two grown children.
Broadwell, 40, is a West Point graduate raising two children with her husband Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her affair with Petraeus led to his resignation. She got to know him while working on a Ph.D. dissertation about him. Alleged “jealous” e-mails she wrote anonymously to another woman, Jill Kelley, brought the affair to light, a government source told CNN.
Kelley, 37, allegedly received “jealous” e-mails from Broadwell, which the FBI investigated, a government source told CNN. The probe brought the affair between Broadwell and Petraeus to light. Kelley and her husband Scott, who live in Tampa, say they’ve been friends with the Petraeus family for more than five years. Kelley, an unpaid liaison at MacDill Air Force Base, is known in Washington’s social circuit.
Gen. John Allen
Gen. John Allen, 58, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is under investigation for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to Kelley. He denies wrongdoing, according to a senior defense official. Kelley had complained about anonymous e-mails she received, which were found to be from Broadwell. The FBI probe of those e-mails led to the discovery of Broadwell’s affair with Petraeus.
Mystery shirtless FBI agent
Also in the mix is an FBI agent whom Kelley approached about the anonymous e-mails she had received. The agent had previously sent shirtless photos of himself to Kelley, a U.S. official told CNN. The agent, who has not been identified, passed on the information to others to investigate, the source said. The e-mails were determined to be from Broadwell.
Holly Petraeus, 60, has been married for 38 years to retired Gen. David Petraeus, and has two children with him. In the wake of his admitted affair with Broadwell, she has become the latest scorned wife caught up in a public scandal. Holly Petraeus has long carved out her own mission helping others, with a special focus on financial issues facing military families.
By CNN’s Josh Levs
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