Broadwell Flaunted Petraeus Access

Paula Broadwell got a lot of attention while she was working on her biography of David Petraeus—much of it for her form-fitting clothes and slim résumé. “She was relentlessly pro-Petraeus,” a policy expert who met Broadwell in Afghanistan said. “She wasn’t a reporter. She struck me as an acolyte.” Officers who worked with the general in Afghanistan said that his official biographer—alleged to be the other woman in a career-ending extramarital affair—also caught their eye when she posted sensitive military information on her Facebook page. But others in the general’s circle said they were struck by Broadwell’s work ethic and idealism. The FBI reportedly learned of the affair after uncovering “harassing” emails sent from Broadwell to a woman both she and Petraeus knew.