Just in to CNN this morning: The woman at the center of the David Petraeus affair is speaking out for the first time.
Paula Broadwell is discussing her life after the scandal with the fmr. CIA director at a YMCA prayer breakfast in Charlotte.
This morning on "Starting Point," CNN's Barbara Starr shares details from Broadwell's admission to local news media.
Lee Reynolds, assistant professor with the USC Army ROTC program, on fmr. CIA dir. Petraeus's apology.
Gen. James "Spider" Marks (ret.) weighs in on fmr. CIA Director David Petraeus's apology at a USC speech.
Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn on Kurtz's exclusive interview with Jill Kelley on the Petraeus scandal.
She's the woman who tipped off the FBI to anonymous emails that led to the downfall of former CIA director David Petraeus.
Jill Kelley gives an exclusive interview to Howard Kurtz of the Daily Beast, also the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" here on CNN.
Here's what we know:
Kelley went to the FBI when she started getting harassing emails that were eventually traced back to Paula Broadwell.
The investigation revealed that Petraeus was having an affair with Broadwell, who wrote his biography "All In."
The FBI also began looking into emails between Jill Kelley and another not-so-famous but high-ranking military leader, General John Allen, the top u.S. Commander in Afghanistan. Those messages described as "potentially inappropriate."
This morning on "Starting Point, Howard Kurtz talks about his exclusive interview with Jill Kelley.
A new book based on secret documents, private emails, and interviews with more than one hundred key characters is taking a closer look at a key group of military figures like General David Petraeus, John Nagl and H. R. McMaster and their plot to revolutionize the United States military. The book, “The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War,” which was in the works before recent controversy broke regarding Petraeus’ affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell also includes information from interviews with Petraeus himself. This morning the author, who is also a national security columnist for Slate Magazine, Fred Kaplan joins “Starting Point” to discuss his new book and the Petraeus – Broadwell affair.
Kaplan says Petraeus and other military leaders who he dubs “The Insurgents” in his book came up in a generation where they had experienced fighting in places like El Salvador, Haiti, Bosnia, Somalia and “saw this was the kind of war” that was to come. He says as a result Petraeus and others decided they needed “to turn the army around so that it can deal with these in a systematic way. They had studied insurgencies and they had behaved within the bureaucracy the same way that insurgencies do in their own kind of war.”
When Petraeus took command of the operation in Iraq Kaplan says he changed the definition of war in U.S. army. Kaplan says, “at the beginning of the occupation of the war there was no command operatus ...he set up a new government, he vetted candiates for an election, he revitalized the economy, he reopened the university, he reopened the border with Syria.” Kaplan goes on to say Petraeus did this “all on his own authority without really checking with anybody…that has been his M.O. throughout this sage.”
Regarding the scandal that broke regarding Petraeus and his biographer Pauala Broadwell Kaplan says he “was the one who first revealed who the affair was with – not that [Petraeus] had an affair, he revealed that himself and it was a bit of a surprise but it was kind of obvious who it was with,” based on rumors and solid confirmations from sources.
For weeks, the media talked about the so-called "October surprise" but for newly re-elected President Obama the surprise came last week - just days after winning another 4 years in office. Retired General David Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA, after an FBI investigation revealed he had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Since that time, the story has been burning up the airwaves as the media reports every twist and turn in a scandal that involves both sex and national security. This morning Host of CNN's "reliable sources" Howard Kurtz and Daily Beast contributor Lauren Ashburn join “Starting Point” to discuss why they feel at this point the media attention far exceeds the story's news value.
“For a few days I felt like I enjoy a good scandalous wallow as much as anyone,” says Kurtz. “But it has gotten so over the top at this point where we’re getting into all the minor characters,” he adds.
On the topic of national security Ashburn says, “We don’t know if the [Petraeus] story is important yet.” “If there are classified documents involved, if there’s a national security breach. Yes. But there isn’t.” Former senior advisor to President Clinton Richard Socarides disagrees, “I think if it cost him his job it was an important story.” Socarides adds “the bigger question is – do people in the military have the right to privacy?” Kurtz says, “All of these serious issues like privacy online and national security documents… it’s all a fig leaf because we’re enjoying the story so much.” Kurtz adds that while he is not “against enjoying the story” he feels the ratio of the scandal compared to coverage of Petraeus testifying about Benghazi today has been “100 to one.”
One week after resigning as as CIA director, General David Petraeus testified this morning that the September 11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was a terrorist attack committed by al-Qaeda linked militants.
Soledad spoke with Florida Congressman Connie Mack prior to Petraeus' testimony this morning about the White House's handling of the investigation in the days following the incident.
"This is one of those issues that the American people deserve to know the truth and right now the administration has a problem in that it doesn't look like they were being honest with the American people," Mack says. "This is a big problem for the administration. It looks like they were spinning a story that just wasn't true."
The Congressman also discusses the controversy over the information distributed by General Petraeus and UN Ambassador Susan Rice, saying that the discrepancy in accounts is an "issue of leadership."
This is something where the President needs to come to the american people and be very straight forward about what happened," Mack says. "As commander in chief, this is an opportunity for him to look the American people in the eye and say that, in my opinion, mistakes were made, we're sorry for that, here's the truth of what happened and we're going to make sure it never happens again."
The House Intelligence Committee is holding a hearing on the September 11th attacks on the Libyan consulate in Benghazi this morning and hoping to get some long-awaited answers to various questions surrounding the intelligence the U.S. received in the days that followed.
Maryland Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger is the ranking Democrat on the House Committee and he responds to the criticism of UN Ambassador Susan Rice's handling of information on the attack on Starting Point today.
"Whether or not she knew other information and whether or not she told the truth, that is not an issue here," Ruppersberger says."She received information from his administration and that's what she went forward with. That is one of the issues and one of the concerns we had because we, on the Intelligence Committee, received the same information initially. Since the interviews and the meetings we had yesterday, a lot of that is being cleared up."
Rep. Ruppersberger also weighs in on the Petraeus scandal and the criticism the FBI has received for not informing members of Congress about their investigation into the affair earlier.
"This started as a criminal investigation involving cyber harassment," Ruppersberger says. "And that's why, at that time, that the FBI would not come to us. The FBI does not come to the White House when there are criminal investigations. A lot of that is because of what happened under Nixon and Watergate and Hoover and all those issues. If, in fact, there's an intelligence issue, it would come before our committee."
Washington is up in arms today over new details emerging in the General David Patraeus sex scandal. The former director of the CIA announced his resignation Friday, citing an extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell.
But the scandal now also entangles the woman who blew the whistle on the affair, Jill Kelley, and the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen. The connections are raising new questions and eyebrows.
President Obama will hold a news conference this afternoon and will likely have to address the scandal now ensnaring two of his four-star generals. CNN Military Analyst and Retired Major General James "Spider" Marks, who has known Petraeus since high school and worked with Broadwell, joins Soledad O’Brien on “Starting Point” to discuss the new connections and their implications in the case.