A computer used by Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with CIA Director David Petraeus led to his resignation, contained substantial classified information that should have been stored under more secure conditions, law enforcement and national security officials said on Wednesday.
The contents and amount of the classified material – and questions about how Broadwell got it – are significant enough to warrant a continuing investigation, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to comment publicly.
The details about material held by Broadwell, a reserve officer in military intelligence, emerged Wednesday as the Pentagon suspended her security clearance…
Tampa Bay Times
… W. Humphries II helped make the FBI’s cases against a would-be bomber on the West Coast and a university student in Tampa.
But the investigation he is most certainly going to be remembered for is one that led to the downfall of CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus.
Humphries was revealed Wednesday night as the Tampa FBI agent who took the complaints from socialite Jill Kelley that started a cyberstalking investigation and uncovered Petraeus’ affair with biographer Paula Broadwell.
A spokesman for the Tampa FBI office declined comment Wednesday, and Humphries, 47, could not be reached.
… Earlier this week, a report in the Wall Street Journal depicted the agent as “obsessed” with the case, once sending a shirtless picture of himself to Kelley, who often threw extravagant parties for military brass at her South Tampa mansion.
Berger confirmed that Humphries had, indeed, sent a shirtless photo of himself to Kelley several years ago — but said the picture was part of a series of jokes between the families.
In the photo, he said, Humphries appeared without a shirt standing between two firing-range dummies. It was not of a sexual nature, Berger said.
… Later, fearing an investigation was being stalled for political reasons, Humphries in late October contacted U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, a Republican from Washington state.
Reichert put him in touch with the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, who in turn passed the message back to the FBI.
Berger, the general counsel for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, took issue with the way Humphries is being portrayed. He said he believes someone in the FBI is spreading false information about Humphries to embarrass him.
“I think there’s a leaker in the bureau,” Berger told the Tampa Bay Times. “Somebody has it in for my guy.”
Boing Boing pal Andrea James, who is a Wikipedia editor, saw an odd edit when writing the Jill Kelley bio: On 9 February 2012, a US Central Command IP added “Jill Kelley, amateur ambassador and chess player” to Arcadia University’s Wikipedia page.
Telegraph (UK) – By Jon Swaine, Tampa and Raf Sanchez
.. As her name was made public on Sunday, Mrs Kelley was entertaining a group including the current deputy commander at US Central Command, Vice Adm Robert Harward, at her Tampa mansion.
It also emerged in court documents that Mrs Kelley’s brother-in-law was employed as a “consultant” by a private intelligence firm that carries out work for US intelligence agencies such as the CIA.
Working as an operative for EWA ITT, Grayson Wolfe, who is now estranged from Mrs Kelley’s twin sister Natalie, travelled frequently Pakistan and took his wife to the Middle East in 2008, while Gen Petraeus was leading the war in Iraq…
Wikipedia edits suggest prior knowledge of Petraeus affair
Providence Journal – By John E. Mulligan
Deep in the story is the assertion that lobbyist Gerald Harrington loaned $300,000 to Kelley’s sister, Natalie Khawam, who was embroiled in a fight with her ex-husband for the custody of their son.
The story makes no direct link between Harrington and the Petraeus scandal. The Petraeus affair with author Paula Broadwell became public after Kelley told the FBI about what she viewed as threatening e-mails from Broadwell.
But the Post said that Kelley’s sister, Khawam, dropped the names of Whitehouse and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kerry. It also says the Rhode Island senator told Harrington in a note last summer that he looked forward to seeing longtime supporter Harrington — and Khawam’s son — at a political gathering in Newport.
Whitehouse spokesman Seth Larson said that Harrington is apparently acquainted with the son because he has had a longtime relationship with Khawam.
Broadwell was also a subscriber to Stratfor. Do you know what Stratfor is? Stratfor is the private-sector intelligence service that anybody can subscribe to. A guy named George Friedman runs it. Remember, they got hacked.
Stratfor got hacked and all of their account holders and passwords were hacked not long ago, including Broadwell’s. And her password was hacked along with her hash password.
Do you know what a hash password is? (interruption) What? (interruption) I don’t believe that you know. (interruption) No. That’s a hashtag. You don’t know what a hash password is. I don’t even know why I’m bothering asking you guys.
Okay. I’ll give you an example of a hash password. It’s a password on both ends of a secure connection. Like, let’s say that you are a member of iCloud and you have your password. “Snerdley,” whatever it is.
iCloud has another password that gets authenticated by them when they see yours that nobody can ever see, and it is 13-to-15 characters or more with numbers and letters and spaces and symbols and all kinds of characters, and there’s no way you can find it out.
But whoever hacked Stratfor found Broadwell’s hash password in addition to her regular password. So that might have been a way in here that they found out what was going on.
Tampa Bay Times – By Jessica Vander Velde and William R. Levesque,
In late August, the Republican National Convention in Tampa served as the backdrop to a bizarre business meeting that showed how Kelley used her military connections to open doors off the base as well as on.
Adam Victor, president of TransGas Development in New York, was in town to network and find business opportunities. Someone introduced him to Kelley, and the two spoke in a VIP section of the convention hall.
Victor said Kelley described herself as a close friend to Petraeus, which impressed him. In fact, he said, Kelley told him she might help him with a coal gasification project in South Korea. She said she could gain him access to the highest levels of the South Korean government, Victor said.
Kelley told him she was an honorary consul for South Korea, and Victor said she told him she had obtained the position with the help of Petraeus.
Kelley and Victor later met in New York. Kelley mentioned her fee if any deal was brokered — $80 million. The fee was so unrealistic and excessive, Victor said, he immediately realized he was dealing with an amateur.
“Btw I was made the (honorary) Ambassador to US Central Command’s Coalition!” she told a Times reporter in a Sept. 28 email. “In addition to that, I was just recently appointed to be the Honorary Consulate General to South Korea! I’m in DC today — just left from breakfast at the White House. . . I really hope to see you soon!”
Time – By Barton Gellman
… As for Broadwell, she instantly became an object of mass fixation, on everything from her Dickensian name to her fitness (she out-push-upped Jon Stewart on The Daily Show) to her vast “ambition,” which depending on the headline writer was either an asset or a slur.
Everything about the story twisted into knots the standard narratives about sex and power and values and victims and who exactly gets cast as the protagonist when two married people stray.
A homecoming queen from North Dakota whom classmates voted “most likely to be remembered,” Broadwell, like Petraeus, graduated from West Point, with academic, fitness and leadership honors. She earned advanced degrees at Harvard, where she first met Petraeus, and the University of Denver, and she was recalled to active duty three times after 9/11.
On Twitter, she describes herself as an author, national-security analyst, Army vet, women’s rights activist, runner, skier, surfer, wife and “Mom!” About three years ago, Broadwell settled in Charlotte, N.C., with her husband Scott, a radiologist in a local medical group, and their two sons. “Yes, I wear a number of hats,” Broadwell told Inspired Womanmagazine in February. “But my most important title is mom and wife.”
… By the time Petraeus got to the CIA, Broadwell had been working closely with him for years. Her sugary biography of him, titled All In, came out in January 2012.
She allowed herself more freedom than most to use nicknames for Petraeus that others might not have chosen to write down: Dangerous Dave, even Peaches. But she was careful to position herself as a serious biographer, not a fan.
In a February appearance with celebrity interviewer Arthur Kade, she volunteered, unprompted, “You know, it’s not a hagiography. I’m not in love with David Petraeus, but I think he does present a terrific role model for young people, for executives, for men and women.”
Former Petraeus aide and Army Brigadier General Peter DeLuca thinks he understands what happened. “The guy is supergifted, superdetermined, supercommitted. He’s the closest thing most of us have ever met to a superman, but he’s still a man.”
Nor was Broadwell without a larger plan. After running with Lance Armstrong in July, she volunteered her secret purpose to at least six new acquaintances at the Aspen conference.
That evening, over drinks, she told a small group that she had been arguing with her mentor about the direction of her career. Republican moneymen, she said, had approached her about a Senate run in North Carolina. She was tempted.
Petraeus, she said in an irritated tone, rejected the idea out of hand. What was her position, he asked, on abortion? Climate change? Gun control? Gay marriage? Tax cuts? Social Security vouchers? Her answers, he told her, would not fit either party, and she should not sell herself out.
Boston Globe – By Callum Borchers, Tracy Jan and Bryan Bender
… Broadwell left Harvard with a lesser diploma in 2008, a master of public administration, after one additional semester.
She enrolled later that year as a PhD student in the war studies department of King’s College London, where her military leadership research focused largely on Petraeus, according to Broadwell’s profile on the school website.
But four years on, Broadwell remains far from earning her degree, according to the department chairman, and her relationship with the subject of her research could jeopardize her progress toward a doctorate…
Broadwell, 40, says on her resume on the professional networking website LinkedIn that she obtained two master of arts degrees from the University of Denver, one in international security and one in international negotiations, before coming to Cambridge in September 2005. In fact, she was awarded only one degree, in international security in 2006, according to the university registrar…
… After Harvard, Broadwell resumed her pursuit of a PhD at King’s College London, focusing on military innovation. She took a year off to complete “All In,” beginning in September 2011, according to the school, and recently reenrolled.