Paula Broadwell’s promotion last summer from major to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves was revoked this month pending an investigation, according to military sources.
Broadwell, 40, who lives in Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood, became a national figure last year after disclosure of her affair with David Petraeus, then-director of the CIA and former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
She spent time with Petraeus in Afghanistan while reporting his biography, “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.”
Dee Dee Myers, a former White House press secretary and now a Washington-based spokeswoman for Broadwell, said Broadwell was notified about the revocation last week.
Myers said Army policy allows a promotion to be revoked within six months if there is an investigation. “That’s what happened,” Myers said.
She added that neither Broadwell nor her lawyers have been notified that Broadwell is the subject of an investigation. “There’s been a fair amount of coverage about something going on…but it’s unclear to us what it is or how she fits into it,” Myers said.
Army spokesman George Wright said Broadwell’s Aug. 28 promotion was suspended because she is “under investigation for wrongdoing.” If Broadwell is cleared, she would be reinstated to her previous rank with back pay, he said.
Wright wouldn’t discuss details of the investigation. FBI agents were seen searching Broadwell’s home in November. Agents took boxes of documents, a Dell PC, an iMac, a briefcase and a printer. No charges have been filed.
Petraeus, America’s most decorated four-star general who became director of the CIA in early 2011, resigned that position Nov. 9 after acknowledging he’d had an extramarital relationship. He didn’t name Broadwell, but she emerged immediately as the other woman.
Broadwell has not spoken publicly since the scandal broke. But her lawyers have said she has cooperated fully with authorities and that materials taken from her home showed no inappropriate access to national security documents.
The Petraeus scandal also ensnared retired Marine Corps four-star Gen. John Allen, former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, who had exchanged personal emails with Jill Kelley. She is a Tampa socialite who was acquainted with Allen and Petraeus through her role as a social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base, where the military’s Central Command and Special Operations Command are based.
Last year, Kelley asked an FBI acquaintance for help with what she considered harassing anonymous emails warning her to stay away from Petraeus. The FBI determined those emails had been sent by Broadwell, which then uncovered to Broadwell’s relationship with Petraeus. Authorities have since said Broadwell will not be prosecuted under federal cyber-stalking statutes.
Matt Schofield of McClatchy’s Washington bureau contributed.
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