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Petraeus ‘flew mistress to Paris for a trip that was funded by the government’ after he was named CIA chief

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By Hayley Peterson and Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:00:00 EST, 11  November 2012| UPDATED:20:26 EST, 11 November 2012

 

David Petreaus took his mistress with him on  a government funded trip to Paris after he was named director of the Central  Intelligence Agency, according to news reports.

Petraeus made the trip with 40-year-old Paula  Broadwell, who has written a fawning biography of  him, in July 2011, an  unnamed source told Buzzfeed.  Petraus was heading to his new job as chief of the CIA at the time.

Sixteen months later, the four-star general  has resigned from his post  after his affair with Broadwell was uncovered  by the FBI.

Perks: David Petreaus took his mistress with him on a government funded trip to Paris after he was named director of the Central Intelligence Agency 

Perks: David Petreaus took his mistress with him on a  government funded trip to Paris after he was named director of the Central  Intelligence Agency

Buzzfeed also reports that Petraeus’s  unofficial press agent, Tom Ricks, helped Broadwell score a literary agent, a  publisher and a six-figure deal for her biography.

Broadwell isn’t the only biographer of  Petraeus’s who has gotten special treatment from him.

His first biographer, former U.S. News and  World Reporter Linda Robinson, went to work for Petraeus at U.S. Central Command  shortly after publishing her book, ‘Tell Me How This Ends: General David  Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq.’

Petraeus’s affair with Broadwell was  uncovered when the FBI began an investigation after suspecting corruption  between the pair.

He issued a statement acknowledging the  affair after President Obama accepted his resignation, which was announced by  the CIA soon after.

‘After being married for over 37 years, I  showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,’ he said  in the statement. ‘Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the  leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the president graciously  accepted my resignation.’

Former US Army General David Petraeus gives a thumbs-up after presenting his wife Holly with a bouquet of roses in 2011 

Former US Army General David Petraeus gives a thumbs-up  after presenting his wife Holly with a bouquet of roses in 2011

Broadwell, who spent three years doing  research for her book, had extensive access to Petraeus in  Afghanistan.

In the biography, Broadwell revealed she  first met him during his visit to Harvard in spring 2006 when he was a Commander  at Fort Leavenworth.

‘I was among the students invited by the  school to meet with the general at a dinner afterward, because of my military  background,’ she explained.

‘I introduced myself to then–Lieutenant  General Petraeus and told him about my research interests; he gave me his card  and offered to put me in touch with other researchers and service members  working on the same issues.’

Special access: Broadwell, who spent three years doing research for her book, had extensive access to Petraeus in Afghanistan 

Special access: Broadwell, who spent three years doing  research for her book, had extensive access to Petraeus in Afghanistan

As she pursued her PhD in public policy in  2008, she contacted him to ask if she could interview him and they kept in touch  via email.

‘A few months into my research, General  Petraeus, who was then leading Central Command, invited me to go for a run with  him and his team along the Potomac River during one of his visits to  Washington,’ she wrote. ‘I figured I could interview him while we  ran.’

She explained that, after earning varsity  letters in cross-country and indoor and outdoor track, she wanted to test him to  see if he could keep up with her as she interviewed him.

Instead it became a test for me,’ she said.  ‘As we talked during the run from the Pentagon to the Washington Monument and  back, Petraeus progressively increased the pace until the talk turned to heavy  breathing and we reached a six-minute-per-mile pace. It was a signature Petraeus  move.’

Promoting the book on The Daily Show with  John Stewart in January, she insisted that these mile-long runs together were  nothing out of the ordinary.

Publicity tour: Broadwell appeared on C-SPAN2 in February to discuss her biography 

Publicity tour: Broadwell appeared on C-SPAN2 in  February to discuss her biography

‘This is a typical mechanism for him to get  to know young people,’ she said. ‘He’s done it throughout his life. That was the  foundation of our relationship.’

In a radio interview in January, host Don  Imus said that the pair must have ‘obviously’ liked each other.

She responded: ‘You know, as I said earlier,  he has a number of mentees and that’s one thing that’s different when you  compare him to other Senior Commanders.

‘But, yeah, we had a lot of rapport. I think  some of that comes from a common ground of having gone to West Point [to the  U.S. Military Academy].’

The book’s description explains Broadwell  conducted research for three years and was ‘afforded extensive access by General  Petraeus, his mentors, his subordinates and his longtime friends’. Its website  adds Broadwell was embedded in Afghanistan with Petraeus for a year between July  2010 and 2011.

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