FBI seizes Paula Broadwell's computer


A June 23, 2011 photo shows Paula Broadwell (2nd L) watching as General David Petraeus (R) and his wife Holly Petraeus (3rd L) arrive for a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Petraeus' nomination to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington. Petraeus resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency on November 9, 2012 after admitting to an extramarital affair with Broadwell.


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Paula Broadwell, the woman suspected of having an affair with former CIA director David Petraeus, has been stripped of her security clearance, after investigators found substantial amounts of classified information stored on her personal computer. 

Petraeus himself has claimed that he did not pass any classified information to Broadwell, CNN reported.  

According to Reuters, FBI investigators also found that Broadwell was in possession of documents she had taken from secure government buildings.

Yesterday, speaking during a press conference, President Barack Obama stated: "I have no evidence at this point, from what I've seen, that classified information was disclosed that in any way would have had a negative impact on national security."

The FBI was sifting to the material Thursday morning, and are in the process of determining if they will charge Broadwell with a crime. Because Broadwell was an intelligence officer in the US Military Reserve, she had security clearance to review the documents, which, say officials, complicates the case.

Later on Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the FBI had not found evidence of threats to national security during their initial investigation of Petraeus, which is why they did not inform the White House of the inquiry sooner, Politico reported.

Speaking with Kyra Phillips of CNN's Headline News, the former CIA director also said that his resignation was not linked to the September attack that killed four americans in Benghazi. 

Petraeus will testify before the House Intelligence committee on Friday about the events in Beghazi that led to the death of the US ambassador and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the last few days of Petraeus's tenure were strained. A senior official told the WSJ that the CIA was dealing with the stresses over its role in Benghazi, and that Petraeus wanted aides to publish a timeline of the events in Libya, though the Pentagon had objected.  

Other officers at the CIA also mentioned that Petraeus's army background resulted in friction at the agency, which was more relaxed-- Petraeus was controlling and often registered suprise when he was disagreed with.