Paula Broadwell who was in the middle of the extra-sexual affair with the CIA Chief, possessed substantial classified information, law enforcement and national security officials said on Wednesday.
The information at the disposal of Broadwell is also significant enough to warrant a continuing investigation, the officials report. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to reveal the details.
During a news conference at the White House yesterday, President Obama said there still was no proof that any special information had been disclosed as a result of the affair which led to Petraeus’s resignation.
The president went on, adding that for now, he wouldn’t judge whether he should have been told earlier than last Wednesday about the probe involving his top CIA agent.
“I am withholding judgment with respect to how the entire process surrounding General Petraeus came up. We don’t have all the information yet,” Obama told a White House news conference.
Obama also noted that had he known earlier, he might have been open to accusations of interference in a politically sensitive law enforcement matter, Reuters reports.
As a reserve officer in military intelligence, Broadwell – co-author of a biography on Petraeus, had access to certain classified information, several officials said. Government rules require such material to be stored in secure locations or computers.
Two officials familiar with the case revealed that investigators are trying to find out whether the woman followed government rules for handling classified information.
Meanwhile, the FBI agent who started the investigation into David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer has been identified as Frederick W. Humphries II.
Humphries’ role is also studied following the emerged reports claiming that the agent had been dismissed from the case after becoming “obsessed with the matter.”
“Fred is a passionate kind of guy,” one former colleague said. “He’s kind of an obsessive type. If he locked his teeth onto something, he’d be a bulldog.”
The sources reportedly found that he had sent Kelley shirtless photos of himself. However, a Humphries’ lawyer said, he was never assigned to the case, and the photo sent to Kelley was intended as a “joke.”
“That picture was sent years before Ms. Kelley contacted him about this, and it was sent as part of a larger context of what I would call social relations in which the families would exchange numerous photos of each other,” Lawrence Berger, Humphries’ lawyer, told reporters.
The extra-sexual affair surfaced after Tampa socialite Jill Kelley complained to Humphries that she was receiving threatening and harassing emails about her friendship with Petraeus.
The FBI later found out that the emails were sent by Broadwell, who was discovered to be having an affair with Petraeus.
Investigators also learned that the scandal involves the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Marine General John Allen, who had sent more than 10,000 messages to Kelley.
Defense officials insist that Allen did not have a romantic relationship with Kelley. She may have been seen as a rival by Broadwell, who sent the Tampa resident a series of harassing e-mails, a law enforcement source suggests.