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FBI interviews Petraeus as part of Broadwell case

Apr. 6, 2013 - 12:08PM   |  
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WASHINGTON — FBI agents interviewed David Petraeus, the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, at his home in Arlington on Friday, two government officials have confirmed.

Petraeus resigned last year as head of the CIA when it was revealed that he had had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

Friday's interview was part of an ongoing investigation into whether Broadwell had received classified information or whether those documents were kept in an unauthorized place, according to a federal law enforcement official. That investigation is taking considerable time to complete, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly.

The FBI would not comment on Friday's interview with Petraeus. Jacqueline Maguire, a bureau spokeswoman, would only say that agents conducted law enforcement activity in northern Virginia.

Petraeus lives in Arlington, a Washington suburb in northern Virginia. Attempts to reach him through a spokesman were not successful.

"The (CIA) does not comment on active investigations," said Jennifer Youngblood, an agency spokeswoman. "The CIA is fully cooperating with the FBI."

The affair became public in November after the FBI investigated e-mails Broadwell had sent to Jill Kelley, a Tampa socialite. Federal prosecutors informed Broadwell in December that she would not face prosecution for cyber-stalking.

Petraeus had told investigators that he did not share classified information with Broadwell. The CIA has conducted an internal review to determine whether he used government resources to further his relationship with Broadwell.

Agents did seize materials from Broadwell's home.

The CIA declined to comment on any other related inquiries.

Last week, Petraeus, a retired general who led U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, made his first major speech since the scandal broke, speaking to ROTC candidates at the University of Southern California. He apologized for causing his family pain and said he was aware that he was responsible for his fall from grace.

The scandal also ensnared Marine Gen. John Allen, who had been the top commander in Afghanistan. He was investigated — and later cleared — by the Pentagon's inspector general for e-mails that he had sent to Kelley. Allen, who had been picked by President Obama to be the top NATO commander in Europe, instead decided to retire to spend time with his family.

Prior to taking over the nation's top spy agency, Petraeus had led all troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and presided over fundamental changes in the way the military wages counterinsurgency warfare.

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