David Petraeus is shown in this file photo. REUTERS/Kevin
New details have emerged have about the extramarital
affair that abruptly ended the career of CIA chief David
Petraeus, including the identity of a second woman whose
complaints about harassing emails from the woman with whom he
had the relationship, Paula Broadwell, prompted an FBI
A person familiar with the investigation identified the
second woman as Jill Kelley, a long-time friend of the
Kelley went to the FBI after receiving threatening emails
that eventually were traced to Broadwell, law enforcement and
security officials have said, prompting an investigation that
turned up evidence that Petraeus and Broadwell were having an
"We and our family have been friends with General Petraeus
and his family for over five years. We respect his and his
family's privacy and want the same for us and our three
children," Kelley said in a statement obtained by ABC News.
Broadwell has not been available for comment and both the FBI
and CIA have declined public comment on the matter.
Petraeus has made no public comment since he announced his
resignation on Friday.
The affair has raised questions about whether US national
security was ever at risk and the timing of law enforcement
and intelligence officials' revelation of the matter to the
White House as well as who knew about the investigation
before last week's presidential election.
Meanwhile, a former spokesman for Petraeus during his time as
an Army general has said the affair with Broadwell, an Army
reserve officer who co-authored a glowing biography of him,
began after Petraeus retired from the Army in August 2011 to
lead the spy agency and ended four months ago by mutual
Retired Colonel Steven Boylan, who was Petraeus's spokesman
in Iraq and has spoken to the general since he resigned at
the CIA, downplayed the question of whether U.S. security had
been at risk. He said Petraeus never gave Broadwell
classified information or communicated with her via his
"My understanding is that she was only at the CIA twice. And
at no time, based on conversations with him, did he provide
her classified information, nor did she receive anything from
him in that manner," Boylan said in an interview.
"My understanding is that they mutually determined that it
was time to end it," he said, adding that Petraeus "knows he
made a huge mistake" and is now trying to focus on his
family. "It wasn't right. And it was done. That was about
four months ago."
A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said Petraeus was first interviewed in connection
with the FBI investigation during the week of Oct. 28, about
a week after Broadwell was questioned. The FBI informed
Petraeus's boss, Director of National Intelligence James
Clapper, on the evening of Election Day, Nov. 6.
Senior U.S. officials said Clapper then informed the White
House's National Security Council staff of the issue and
Petraeus' intention to resign on Wednesday, the morning after
President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second four-year
term. Obama was informed later that day, they said.
Petraeus, a widely admired soldier-scholar credited with
turning around the US war in Iraq and who led NATO and US
troops in Afghanistan, announced his resignation in a letter
to the CIA workforce on Friday, acknowledging "extremely poor
judgment" in having an extramarital affair.
The person familiar with the investigation said Kelley
initially approached a Florida field office of the FBI - not
FBI headquarters - with a complaint of cyber-harrassment. She
had received numerous intimidating emails from a handful of
different, opaque pseudonymous addresses.
The nature of the emails, according to the source, who was
briefed on their contents, was "I know what you're doing" and
similar suggestions that someone was onto Kelley. There was
no explicit threat of violence.
Upon tracing them, the FBI found out that Paula Broadwell was
behind them, this source said. They also found correspondence
between Broadwell and Petraeus leading to the revelation of
an affair between them.
High-level Justice Department officials were informed in late
summer 2012 of an ongoing investigation involving Petraeus,
according to a law enforcement official. This source would
not name the Justice officials or say whether Attorney
General Eric Holder was among them.
The Justice Department followed longstanding policy by not
revealing the investigation to anyone outside the department,
such as White House or congressional aides, this official
said. It would be inappropriate and unfair to do so, and it
might jeopardize any potential prosecution, the official
As the investigation moved into the fall, the focus was
potential cyber-harassment by one woman against another
Petraeus was thought of by investigators as a potential
witness or party to the investigation, but he was never a
target of investigators. Prosecutors considered whether the
conduct in question constituted a crime of cyber-harassment
under the law.
During their interviews with investigators, Broadwell and
Petraeus both admitted to the affair, the official said.
After the interviews, prosecutors decided they likely would
not bring charges, based on the available evidence.
Another U.S. government official said the FBI investigation
into the emails was fairly straightforward and did not
require obtaining court orders to monitor the email accounts
of those involved, including the personal email account of
Petraeus. Rather, the official said, investigators reviewed
the emails that Kelley had brought to their attention.
"There wasn't a court order," the government official said,
adding that that action would have been a last resort when
other avenues had been exhausted.
"We look to see if a law has been violated, if there is not,
we move on," the official said.