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August 5, 2021

David Petraeus FBI case email link woman named

House majority leader knew of Petraeus matter in October, Spokesman says.

The woman who was the target of harassing emails from the lover of former CIA director David Petraeus has been named as Jill Kelley, BBC informs. The FBI launched an inquiry after Mrs Kelley said she had received vicious emails from Gen Petraeus’ biographer Paula Broadwell. The investigation revealed first that the emails had come from Ms Broadwell.Following an examination of her computer, it transpired she had had an affair with Gen Petraeus. Politicians now want to know why they were not told about the affair sooner, with one even suggesting a cover-up. David Petraeus, the 60-year-old four-star general, described his behaviour as “unacceptable” for the CIA’s leader.The BBC’s Jane Little in Washington says that last week’s dramatic fall from grace of the former spymaster continues to send shockwaves through the capital. On Sunday, US officials named the second woman as Jill Kelley, who lives in Florida.On the other hand, House majority leader Eric Cantor talked to an FBI official in late October about former CIA Director David Petraeus’ involvement in an affair, a spokesman for the congressman told CNN Sunday. Doug Heye said Cantor, a Republican, had a conversation with the whistleblower about the affair and national security concerns involved in the matter. The New York Times reported Saturday that on October 31, Cantor’s chief of staff phoned the FBI to inform the agency about the call between the congressman and the FBI official. The Times reported Cantor learned of the whistleblower through Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Washington.A spokeswoman for Reichert told CNN Sunday that the Times article was accurate but that the congressman had no further comment on his involvement in the case. Petraeus’ affair came to light when an FBI investigation looked into a complaint that his biographer, Paula Broadwell, was sending harassing e-mails to another woman close to the retired four-star general, a U.S. official told CNN Saturday.

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