The web in the David Petraeus scandal keeps getting more tangled. Now, not only is the former CIA director under fire for his affair with Paula Broadwell, which he admitted and resigned over, but now there appears to be a mysterious third woman involved in the whole mess. Or I suppose she's really a fourth if we count his wife, Holly Petraeus, to whom he's been married for 37 years.
According to the Washington Post, the affair between Petraeus, 60, and Broadwell, 40, was revealed when a woman "close to" Petraeus turned in threatening emails she'd received to the FBI. Apparently they were so frightening that she felt like she needed protection, and as the FBI was investigating, they found not only that Broadwell was the sender of the threatening emails but also explicit emails between Petraeus and Broadwell that detailed their affair. And they were busted.
Wow. So many questions here. First of all, who could this third woman be? The Post says the woman did not work at the CIA, and it wasn't Petraeus's wife, Holly. It's also not known if he was romantically involved with her, but apparently Broadwell found her to be a huge threat and wasn't about to let her take her man. Also, who could she be that she reports threats directly to the FBI; and was she really scared, or did she know this was a way to take Broadwell and Petraeus down? Also, what kind of a badass/crazy woman might Broadwell be?
Like I said, so many questions, and I'm already dying for the movie version of this whole mess to come out.
As for Petraeus, at first I wasn't really seeing a need for the man to resign. He had a great reputation and record, and while morally despicable, I'm not sure that I believe having an affair should negate that. If everyone in our nation resigned over an affair, we wouldn't have many people working. But with yet another woman involved I'm starting to wonder just what kind of a man he really was, and if he was romantically involved with this third woman too, how he had time to do his job and juggle all these women.
Are you surprised to learn about a third mystery woman in the David Petraeus scandal?
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