CIA Sex Scandal Continues: Paula Broadwell’s Promotion Revoked
(MintPress) – Paula Broadwell’s promotion to lieutenant colonel, issued in August 2012, has been revoked, according to an Army spokesperson.
The revocation of her rank stems from her affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus and the investigation that followed. The Army, however, would not comment to ABC News regarding the specifics that led to her demotion.
However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that it was previously looking into Broadwell’s transportation of classified documents to her home. At the time of this alleged incident, Broadwell was writing a biography for Petraeus, which could explain why she had such documents on hand.
Army regulations state that, up to six months after a promotion, the revocation of such can occur if new evidence comes to light.
George Wright, an Army spokesperson, told ABC News that her rank was “revoked in accordance with Army regulation 135-155,” but would not discuss the specifics regarding what led to the revocation.
While Petraeus stepped down following the scandal, the CIA inspector general has started an investigation looking into whether “agency resources” were used to help facilitate his affair with Broadwell.
Broadwell remains in the Army. What is yet to be seen is whether the investigation will lead to more damning blows to her career.
At this point, Broadwell is a promotable lieutenant colonel until the investigation wraps up. If the investigation reveals no new evidence, she could be reinstated to her former promoted status. If not, she could be used as an example of what happens when an affair that threatens the public’s trust is carried out.
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