New, unconfirmed details emerged this weekend about how the FBI uncovered former CIA Director David Petraeus’ affair with one of his biographers, Paula Broadwell.
The FBI reportedly received a complaint from a third party who claimed to have been the target of harassing emails from Broadwell. The agency’s investigation apparently broadened when it discovered that Broadwell or another individual may have attempted to access Petraeus’ email account.
When the FBI looked further into the matter, according to the conservative website Newsmax, investigators found thousands of emails between the former general and Broadwell, including one that allegedly detailed his fantasy of engaging in sex under his office desk.
“I’m not sure anyone really ‘knew,’ per se,” a senior military source who has worked with Petraeus told Business Insider. “But it’s one of those things that, as soon as the announcement was made, I knew in an instant who it was. Everything made sense. Who had exclusive access to him? Who wrote the hagiography on his life? Who framed their entire existence around his persona? It wasn’t hard to make the guess, and the rest is public knowledge now. One day, she’s celebrating her birthday as an accomplished — if you want to use that term — author and PhD candidate, the next she’s Paula Jones.”