Jill Kelley walks out of her home in Tampa, Florida in this
November 12, 2012 file photo. . REUTERS/Brian Blanco/Files
Federal prosecutors said today they would not file any
charges in the cyberstalking investigation of Paula Broadwell,
the biographer whose affair with former CIA chief David
Petraeus led to his resignation.
Anonymous emails that Broadwell sent to Jill Kelley, a Tampa
socialite who knew Petraeus, prompted an FBI investigation
that exposed Broadwell's affair with Petraeus, a retired US
Army general known for his success in the Iraq war. Petraeus
resigned from the CIA last month.
"After applying relevant case law to the particular facts of
this case, the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle
District of Florida has decided not to pursue a federal case
regarding the alleged acts of 'cyberstalking' involving Paula
Broadwell," the US Attorney's office in Tampa, Florida, said
in a statement.
Broadwell was also under investigation for her handling of
classified materials and it was unclear on Tuesday whether
that investigation was still continuing.
"Our office cannot comment outside of our statement on the
cyberstalking investigation," a spokeswoman for the Tampa
A Justice Department spokesman in Washington also declined to
comment on whether that investigation was continuing or on
whether Broadwell could still be charged with crimes other
FBI agents found a substantial amount of classified
information on Broadwell's personal computer when they
searched her North Carolina home with her consent in
November. Both she and Petraeus have told investigators they
did not share security secrets.
Sources briefed on the investigation previously told Reuters
the documents date from before August 2011, when Petraeus
took up his post at the CIA and the two started their affair.
None of the material comes from the CIA, the sources said.
Broadwell was an Army reserve officer involved in military
intelligence and had a security clearance that allowed her to
handle sensitive documents. However, she would still have to
comply with strict rules that lay out how sensitive materials
must be protected.
Broadwell's security clearance has been suspended. It could
be revoked and she could face harsher penalties if it is
found that she mishandled classified data.