Paula Broadwell, Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus' Mistress, Speaks at Military Conference in Tampa
The woman CIA director David Petraeus had an affair with was in Florida on Wednesday as a panelist for a modern military conference held at the University of South Florida.
Because, of course.
Paula Broadwell, the woman that singlehandedly caused Patraeus' downfall, spoke at a panel about how to win the wars of the future by learning about our past.
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In 2012, the FBI was by contacted by Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite (aannnnnnd there's the Florida connection) about threatening emails she had been receiving from someone accusing her of having an affair with Petraeus, who is/was a friend of hers and her surgeon husband.
Kelley, turns out, was not having an affair with Petraeus.
The FBI was able to trace the emails to Broadwell, which led to them questioning her about the emails, which led to her spilling the beans about her and Petraeus getting it on.
A huge national scandal ensued, and Petraeus was forced to resign as CIA director, mainly because of the extramarital affair, but probably also because the guy running the CIA should be better at covering up a secret affair.
Since then, Broadwell has been trying to put the pieces of her life back together, such as doing things like this military conference in Tampa this week.
WTSP.com caught up with Broadwell, who told the news station that she's gotten a lot of support from friends in the military by quoting the Beatles.
"I have had a wonderful sort of support community in Charlotte, North Carolina and a great group of professionals like the hosts of this conference. And a lot of colleagues who knew what my background is and what I had accomplished and pursued," she said. "I get by with a little help from my friends."
She also says the fact that the conference she's speaking in happens to be in the same town Kelley lives in is a total coincidence.
"If the conference is in D.C. or Seattle, it wouldn't matter," Broadwell said. "So it doesn't seem unusual to be back here, and I'm grateful for it."
Meanwhile, at least one former MacDill Air Force Base general isn't too thrilled about it all, saying anonymously that it's a mistake bringing Broadwell in to speak at the conference.
No doubt Broadwell was asked to speak thanks to her background as a military officer.
But it was probably more because she had an affair with the top man at the CIA and sent mean emails to a woman she thought was also having an affair with him.
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