General Petraeus: ‘I’ve Got a Secret’

General Petraeus: 'I've Got a Secret'

David Petraeus, retired four-star general and married man of 37 years, stepped down as CIA Director on Friday, admitting to an unwise extramarital affair. President Obama accepted his resignation.

Upon learning that a government official committed adultery, the American people had two questions. The first: “So what?” Expect plenty of questions from Republican congressmen, though, particularly those who’ve been caught in bed with women not their wives.

 Everyone has a second question ….

Who’s That Lady?

According to the New York Times, the Other Woman is Paula Broadwell, co-author of All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, but she’s not talking. Maybe she’ll write a sequel.


“Petraeus’ Mistress Allegedly Tried To Hack Into His Email, FBI Investigating,” Jen Chung, DCist (Remember, the lady is is a spy, too)

“Paula Broadwell takes media spotlight,” Katie Glueck, Politico

But wait — there’s more! The lady in question is married, too. Her husband may have known about the affair and written to Dear Abby Carolyn Hax The New York Times “Ethicist” about his dilemma:

“How Chuck Klosterman’s Ethicist Column Got Tangled in the Petraeus Affair,” Connor Reeve, The Atlantic Wire


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One Response to “General Petraeus: ‘I’ve Got a Secret’”

  1. Mike Licht Says:


    “Paula Broadwell Depicted as Ambitious and Inappropriate,” Caroline Bankoff, New York Magazine

    “How I Was Drawn Into the Cult of David Petraeus,” Spencer Ackerman, Wired

    “Petraeus scandal is reported with compelled veneration of all things military,” Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian

    “A Flowchart of the Petraeus Affair’s Love Pentagon, from the Shirtless FBI Agent to Chuck Klosterman,’ Max Read, Gawker

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