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FBI reopening probe into Broadwell’s access to classified documents
Hot Air ^ | November 14, 2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 11/14/2012 5:19:28 AM PST by maggief

At first the FBI probed the e-mails of Paula Broadwell and CIA Director David Petraeus from a suspicion of cyberstalking and harassment. They then dropped the probe after determining that the biographer of Petraeus had a personal relationship with him, even though they discovered that Broadwell had classified documents on her computer. After the entire probe went public and forced Petraeus to resign, FBI agents suddenly conducted a seizure of materials from Broadwell’s home — which the Washington Post reports comes from a belated curiosity into her possession of those classified documents:

The FBI is making a new push to determine how a woman who had an affair with retired Gen. David H. Petraeus when he was CIA director obtained classified files, part of an expanding series of investigations in a scandal that also threatens the career of the United States’ top military commander in Afghanistan.

Senior law enforcement officials said that a late-night seizure on Monday of boxes of material from the North Carolina home of Paula Broadwell, a Petraeus biographer whose affair with him led to his resignation last week, marks a renewed focus by investigators on sensitive material found in her possession.

“The issue of national security is still on the table,” one U.S. law enforcement official said. Both Petraeus and Broadwell have denied to investigators that he was the source of any classified information, officials said.

It is? That’s odd to hear, especially since law-enforcement officials appeared to make it plain earlier in this scandal that no charges would be forthcoming. The Post is rather surprised to hear this, too:

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1 posted on 11/14/2012 5:19:31 AM PST by maggief
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http://abcnews.go.com/US/petraeus-scandal-paula-broadwell-classified-document-probe/story?id=17714560

Senior FBI officials are expected to brief the House and Senate Intelligence Committees today on their handling of the Petraeus investigation. The officials are expected to lay out how the case was developed and argue that there were no politics involved.

The case is so critical that FBI Director Robert Mueller may attend to defend the bureau, ABC News has learned. Members of Congress have been angry that they were not informed about the case before the story was reported by the media, but FBI officials maintain that their guidelines forbid them from discussing ongoing criminal cases.


2 posted on 11/14/2012 5:20:49 AM PST by maggief
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights; MestaMachine; penelopesire; hoosiermama; crosslink; ColdOne; SE Mom; ...

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3 posted on 11/14/2012 5:22:32 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief
Is the timing of this in keeping with Eric “The Coward” Withholder’s sudden discovery that he, in fact, has more ‘gas in his tank’ to stay on as the head of the Just Us Department? Does retaining Holder aid in the cover-up and obfuscation?
4 posted on 11/14/2012 5:27:11 AM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/13/petraeus-mistress-bragged-just-weeks-ago-future-book-collaboration-source-says/

Petraeus’ mistress bragged just weeks ago of future book collaboration, source says

Fox News’ source attended a dinner Oct. 27 at the Washington Ritz-Carlton, where Broadwell was talking up the future projects.

“She said that they had two book ideas they were pursuing, and they hoped to publish again sometime in the next two years,” Fox News’ source said.

The annual event is hosted by the Office of Strategic Services Society, which, according to the event flyer, “celebrates the historic accomplishments of the OSS during World War II – the first organized effort by the United States to implement a centralized system of strategic intelligence.”

After the dinner, Fox News was told, Broadwell appeared confident and at ease while mingling with guests, hardly the portrait of a women who was deeply shaken by the end of an affair.

“She was elated, beaming that night,” the dinner attendee told Fox News. “She was having her picture taken with guests. She would disappear for a few minutes and then return, very much enjoying the attention.”

The source who attended the event was struck by how openly Broadwell spoke about Petraeus, adding that she seemed to have personal insights about the CIA director: “She said he was unsure of himself sometimes. She said he was concerned about the public’s perception of him.”


5 posted on 11/14/2012 5:28:07 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

Is it possible that these documents were planted?

This woman could not be this stupid.


6 posted on 11/14/2012 5:28:24 AM PST by dforest
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To: maggief

I understand that she is an Intelligence Officer(LTC)in the U.S. Army Reserve. If so, she has a Top Secret Clearance but we don’t know what access she is authorized.


7 posted on 11/14/2012 5:30:01 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: SERKIT

As a certain famous lady is fond of saying “You betcha!!” Carney lied his @ss off again yesterday .... about the WH not knowing anything until the 6th. I’m just not buying it and eventually, the lies are all going to collapse under their own weight ... the problem with lies is you have to remember which lies you told and to whom .... when you’ve got dozens of people engaged in this, no way they can keep it all straight and not start contradicting each other (like with Benghazi - all the different timelines, etc.).


8 posted on 11/14/2012 5:31:44 AM PST by MissMagnolia ("It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains" - Patrick Henry)
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OSS Society Dinner in The Washington Post (10/27)

http://www.osssociety.org/pdfs/WashPost.pdf


9 posted on 11/14/2012 5:31:47 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

I wish the conservative media would get off the subject of this Paula Poundwell woman, and the generals, etc., and back to Benghazigate.


10 posted on 11/14/2012 5:35:15 AM PST by Arthur McGowan (If you're for sticking scissors in a baby girl's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: maggief
Not sure why this would be a problem. Didn't The White set the precedent when they gave classified info to Hollywood regarding Seal team 6?
11 posted on 11/14/2012 5:39:37 AM PST by JIM O
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To: Arthur McGowan

Unfortunately, we need to wade through the crap to get back on track. Smoke screens are coming from all flanks.


12 posted on 11/14/2012 5:40:14 AM PST by maggief
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
The need to know, is the fundamental principal with regard to security access....removing classified material(s) from a secure area, is against the rules...storing classified materials in an unsecure location is against the rules...
13 posted on 11/14/2012 5:45:26 AM PST by B212
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To: dforest

“This woman could not be this stupid.”

No, she’s not.

Interesting timeline: The OSS Society party was the day after Broadwell’s 10/26 speech at DU. Her interview with the FBI was the week of 10/21, at which time she gave up her computer.


14 posted on 11/14/2012 5:46:08 AM PST by maggief
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
"If so, she has a Top Secret Clearance but we don’t know what access she is authorized."

Regardless, it should not be on her personal computer. I'm sure a lot of the cyber security regs have changed since I was in, but even then, there was a long and lengthy process to have a government computer accredited for classified info. I'm not sure if there even were any provisions for a personal computer to be accredited.

15 posted on 11/14/2012 5:48:02 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

If she had that high a clearance she should have known better than keep that sort of documents at her HOUSE.

That stuff is REQUIRED to be under approved lock and key, at an approved facility.


16 posted on 11/14/2012 5:49:40 AM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

She’s not authorized to take it home; unless she lives in a SCIF or something. That would be instant loss of clearance, job, less than honorable discharge... if not jail time for most.


17 posted on 11/14/2012 5:52:05 AM PST by LambSlave
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To: maggief; Fred Nerks; Beckwith; TigersEye

Obama is after her big time. He wants to utterly destroy Petraeus.Why?

There is a pattern of Obama shafting all the generals along the Benghazi trail. And Congress is giving Obama plenty of time to do it? Why?

Why isn’t Petraeus subpoened by Issa’s House Oversight Committee? Feinstein wants him first a a Senate Committee witness??

Petraeus should be on the hill testifying about Benghazi.STAT.


18 posted on 11/14/2012 5:53:51 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: B212

I know all that. I was just reporting Reserve Officer status as it might shed some light on how she gained access to some information that could be unrelated to her affair with Petraeus. What she actually had in her possession and what she did with it is I guess still to be determined. As an intelligence officer, I am sure she was aware of the “Rules”, but as an ambitious journalist she may have chosen to disregard them.


19 posted on 11/14/2012 5:54:24 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: maggief
Is this another way to tell Petraeus that the price of him telling the truth about Benghazi would be very high indeed?
20 posted on 11/14/2012 5:54:24 AM PST by Truth29
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To: maggief
“The issue of national security is still on the table,” one U.S. law enforcement official said.

Look at what's occupying the White House and then tell me that you're concerned with national security??!!!

21 posted on 11/14/2012 5:56:31 AM PST by meyer (Proud member of the 53%.)
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To: maggief; no-to-illegals

Pinging no-to-illegals to this info

Many thanks maggief


22 posted on 11/14/2012 5:58:24 AM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: Arthur McGowan

If you haven’t noticed, because of this the talk is mow turning to the and WH blackmail.

Not exactly what the WH wanted. Anyone towing the WH line won’t be believed.


23 posted on 11/14/2012 6:02:37 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: maggief
The administration tried to use the affair to get Petreus to toe the line on the Benghazi story and he eventually called them on it, so they raised the ante and ‘reopened’ the classified documents case.

We'll see if the General goes 'all in' and gives Congress the unvarnished truth about the Benghazi debacle.

24 posted on 11/14/2012 6:02:47 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: B212

Sandy Berger showed that you can get away with quite a bit if you’re working for the right people.


25 posted on 11/14/2012 6:05:16 AM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: Candor7

http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/11/wolf-calls-for-special-benghazi-committee-149450.html?hp=r3

A senior House Republican is calling for a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks, echoing similar demands from Senate Republicans in recent days.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) wrote in a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that a special panel be established “immediately.”

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/mccain-watergate-style-panel-probe-libya-17714975

Sen. John McCain is calling for establishment of a Watergate-style congressional committee to investigate the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83824.html?hp=r3

John McCain: Susan Rice ‘not qualified’ for State

Sen. John Kerry is quickly emerging as the favorite of most senators to replace Hillary Clinton at State.

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FLASHBACK:

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/07/mccain-asked-about-kerrys-vp-offer/

McCain Asked About Kerry’s V.P. Offer


26 posted on 11/14/2012 6:10:04 AM PST by maggief
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To: mac_truck

“The administration tried to use the affair to get Petreus to toe the line on the Benghazi story and he eventually called them on it, so they raised the ante and ‘reopened’ the classified documents case.”

The affair story was exposing the relationship of a prominent Dem. fundraiser, Gerry Harrington, with ties to the Kennedy’s, Kerry, Pelosi, Clinton, etc.


27 posted on 11/14/2012 6:15:02 AM PST by maggief
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To: SERKIT
"Does retaining Holder aid in the cover-up and obfuscation?"

What's one more contempt of congress charge at this point?

The central figure in the Libya weapons running / CIA ops outs himself after his case was handled by Witholder - then viola - Witholder's gas tank is suddenly filled back up and he's ready to continue to fight for "more flexibility" against constitutional restrictions.

28 posted on 11/14/2012 6:18:34 AM PST by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: Candor7

Watch these marxists carefully.

What is happening I believe is the regime are claiming that the reason the kenyan wasn’t told about this investigation is because it was just a “criminal matter”.

That is of course totally buffoonery since they admitted the emails contained confidential information regarding the movement of the CIA Director! That is not national security related??

Now that the election is past they are making it a national security issue to continue the circus and distraction from Benghazi.

Here we are seeing the face of real fascism. Banana Republic style.


29 posted on 11/14/2012 6:27:39 AM PST by lodi90
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To: lodi90

Here we are seeing the face of real fascism. Banana Republic style.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I agree. Nothing like perusing the bunny-in-the-hole antics of the high and mighty.

I am all for turning that spotlight on Obama and his sodomites.

But Benghazi needs to be explained ASAP.We will see what the wiggle position of the Obama Matrix really is.....but its quite simple. Just as Obama would not give Seal Team 6 snipers an order to kill 3 Somali Pirates holding a US Captain hostage next to a US Navy vessel in a life boat ( the Seals had to take the initiative) Obama would not order the killing via ginship, of the jihadists muslim bortherhood attacking Benghazi mission.

Obama will not directly order the deaths of fellow Muslims. Its actually treason and impeachable in this instance.


30 posted on 11/14/2012 6:37:58 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: lodi90

I’m wondering when the lamestream media reporters will finally get angry enough with this administration to finally start telling the truth to the American public, in order to get the Obama admin to come clean. Jonathan Karl looked none too pleased with Jay Carney’s responses to all of this yesterday.

My question is that even if we live in a Banana Republic, and even the left is understanding that...what can be done to undo the harm that this admin has foisted on us? I think the media can get the ball rolling in the right direction, if only they get tired enough of the ridiculous run-around coming from the WH and the Justice Dept.

I’d like to ask Jonathan Karl to come to grips with what he’s witnessing, and say enough is enough, and not just him, but all of these buffoons who have let this corrupt, misdirecting, and obfuscating administration carry on like this. When will the MSM realize that they have been played for the last 4 years? Get to your jobs, people!


31 posted on 11/14/2012 6:40:52 AM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: FamiliarFace

This Broadwell woman is a plant. A Democrat operative.

When will some journalist realize that a thorough expose on Benghazi would garner heroism and a Pulitzer?


32 posted on 11/14/2012 6:48:43 AM PST by Galtoid ( .)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"there was a long and lengthy process to have a government computer accredited for classified info. I'm not sure if there even were any provisions for a personal computer to be accredited"

I had a key technical position with a global data company. I had to use a company issued laptop and couldn't:
- access any type of web mail
- un/install any software
- change security settings
- could not plug in any external memory devices
- and the hard drive was encrypted and wouldn't work without a wireless USB key that picked up new hash codes every few minutes.

And this wasn't classified national security intel - I just potentially had access to company plans and technical artifacts, maybe some personnel info.

33 posted on 11/14/2012 6:50:10 AM PST by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

I’ve not seen what branch she is. Assumption is she is MI, possibly CA. Also, have not seen what unit to which she is assigned. Anyone know for sure? Some of the lingo I’ve seen quoted from her just do not ring true for someone with 15+ years in.


34 posted on 11/14/2012 7:02:02 AM PST by Jumpmaster (Defund the Left!)
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To: Galtoid

**When will some journalist realize that a thorough expose on Benghazi would garner heroism and a Pulitzer?**

Exactly! I would love to see one of them get enough backbone to do an expose on this administration, just like what happened in Watergate.


35 posted on 11/14/2012 7:04:50 AM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: Truth29
"Is this another way to tell Petraeus that the price of him telling the truth about Benghazi would be very high indeed?"

It's a good question. While everyone is crowing about this "sex scandal" being a side show - it may be one of the linchpins to an actual crime - blackmail, obstruction, perjury, and more...

If we put on our "Chicago thug hats" for a moment - threatening a guy like Gen. Petraeus probably won't get you very much cooperation. He's seen human behavior about as vicious as anything in the last millennium. So, what does a thug do to make a guy like this cooperate? Snatch someone he cares about who is innocent of anything related to the crimes and threaten their destruction if he doesn't cooperate...

36 posted on 11/14/2012 7:05:38 AM PST by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: WildHighlander57; maggief

Would have missed this one, if had Not been pinged. Thank You Both. Sleep deprivation is setting in. My apology for an excuse.


37 posted on 11/14/2012 7:11:12 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Galtoid

If she voted, there is maybe a record. May tell us something, may not. N.C. and other states have been coding ballots. Maybe it goes deep, maybe not. Has the coding been attached to names (as in ballot = name)? Nobody is asking so am throwing into the mix. Not certain that is taking place, but have witnessed the coding. Would Americans be told if the System has taken that route?


38 posted on 11/14/2012 7:18:01 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: maggief

The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was formed during WWII to coordinate espionage activities for all branches of the Armed Forces. It transitioned into the **CIA** after the War.

In one of the clips of her speeches which Fox has been showing, she talks about having top security clearance and how people were confused as to whether she was in Afghanistan as military or as a journalist.

She is a also candidate for a Ph.D. in War Studies at King’s College London. On Greta last night, Petraeus’ former aide mentioned that the “affair” began after he left the military and that the book was originally supposed to be about something else (war strategy maybe?) and only later did Petraeus realize that it was a biography about him.

***“She said he was unsure of himself sometimes. She said he was concerned about the public’s perception of him.”*** Sounds like he was the perfect candidate for emotional entanglement and then blackmail.

I really don’t think this is about an “affair,” but about espionage.


39 posted on 11/14/2012 7:18:25 AM PST by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed Catholic Texan)
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To: Galtoid

She could be a plant, but even so, she effed up big time when she was caught with classified documents on her computer.


40 posted on 11/14/2012 7:21:31 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: nanetteclaret

“***“She said he was unsure of himself sometimes. She said he was concerned about the public’s perception of him.”*** Sounds like he was the perfect candidate for emotional entanglement and then blackmail.”

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

“He is very, very down right now.”

Reposting this here.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83835.html?hp=l1_b1

Gen. David Petraeus, who has stepped down from his position as director of the CIA over an extramarital affair, said this week that he “screwed up big-time,” a close friend of the general’s told CNN.

“You know, he…expressed deep regret for what happened, the damage he had done and the pain he had caused his family,” said Ret. Col. Peter Mansoor, who served with Petraeus in Iraq. “He called his action morally reprehensible and said, in his words, ‘I screwed up big-time.’ And boy did he ever.”

Mansoor, speaking on CNN’s “Out Front” Tuesday evening, said Petraeus loved his position at the CIA.

“He really enjoyed his job at the CIA, it was the best job in the world, as far as he was concerned,” Mansoor told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “He had a good relationship with the president and national security team, and he threw that all away for…due to a personal failing. He is very, very down right now.”

(snip)


41 posted on 11/14/2012 7:41:27 AM PST by maggief
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To: Arthur McGowan

The brain dead anti-ethical, amorality problem is at the center of all our other problems. Can’t get to one disgrace without bumping into the other. It’s digusting. But it is the condition of our elite class.

Are you surprised that the nonethics involved in permiting the murders of the US amassador and the Seals are also involved in alley cat sex (edgy culture) drama? I’m not. They are mostly skanks and it stinks up everything they do.


42 posted on 11/14/2012 8:07:09 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
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Am asking all pingees to check the keywords and if benghazi, all by itself, isn't in there, please add it. I have gone back and tried to get as many tagged as I can so it will show in the Benghazi Index which is linked in the ping graphic. That way no one misses anything even if I ain't around. Thank you.

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Benghazi Index

43 posted on 11/14/2012 8:49:08 AM PST by MestaMachine (TREASON!!!!)
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To: maggief

Do we know who put her up or OKd the writing of the book. Sure doesn’t sound like it was his idea.


44 posted on 11/14/2012 8:50:35 AM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: MestaMachine

I was wondering where the hell you were. : )


45 posted on 11/14/2012 9:05:39 AM PST by ShadowDancer ("Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.")
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Obama voters want to know what is really important here. When Broadwell was on a military base, was she issued mil-spec birth control pills? Did she wear feminine under clothing, or did she wear Government issued skivvies? Did she run in formation chanting:

This is my rifle
This is my bun
This is for war
This is for fun

46 posted on 11/14/2012 9:15:36 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: hoosiermama

Good question. At the CIA Petraeus could not take his advisers with him, but was surrounded with WH insiders.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/01/24/2953553/petraeus-bio-takes-a-close-look.html

In June 2010, when President Barack Obama tapped him to take charge in Afghanistan for what would become Petraeus’ final command, Broadwell knew the time was right to parlay her dissertation into a biography.

Soon, she had an agent and a contract from Penguin Press. To help organize and write the book, she teamed with The Washington Post’s Vernon Loeb. Broadwell proved to be an “absolutely intrepid” reporter, Loeb says, dictating from airports, filling up his email inbox and delivering “this fire hose of information.”

__________________________

This is her brother, with whom she’s been staying in DC:

http://www.sutherland.com/steve_kranz/

http://www.sutherland.com/newsevents/News_Detail.aspx?News=0941aa31-dbec-477e-8bd3-39836376836b


47 posted on 11/14/2012 9:32:47 AM PST by maggief
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http://www.bellenews.com/2012/11/12/world/us-news/david-petraeus-took-paula-broadwell-to-paris-on-taxpayer-funded-trip-after-being-named-cia-chief/

Buzzfeed also reports that David Petraeus’s unofficial press agent, Tom Ricks, helped Paula Broadwell score a literary agent, a publisher and a six-figure deal for her biography.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_E._Ricks_%28journalist%29

Thomas E. Ricks


48 posted on 11/14/2012 9:41:26 AM PST by maggief
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http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/


49 posted on 11/14/2012 9:44:21 AM PST by maggief
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To: ShadowDancer

In bed. Sick as a dog. Think I got myself an ulcer.


50 posted on 11/14/2012 9:52:23 AM PST by MestaMachine (TREASON!!!!)
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