Report: FBI probing if Petraeus’s staff gave biographer classified records

Federal agents are investigating whether former CIA Director David Petraeus directed members of his staff to share military documents and other sensitive records with his biographer, according to a report.

Investigators are considering the possibility that some classified information was shared with Paula Broadwell during her work on the Petraeus’s biography, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

The report said that Broadwell had turned over her computer to the FBI in late summer and agents had discovered “low-level classified” information. 

On Nov. 12, agents searched her Charlotte home and reportedly found additional evidence suggesting she may have had classified information. 

FBI agents are investigating whether that information was provided by Petraeus’s aides when he was in the military and Broadwell was writing a book about the general. Petraeus left the military in September 2011 to assume the directorship of the CIA.

Some staff members told the Post in interviews that they had been troubled by her requests for information. One official said that when Broadwell was questioned about her access to classificed documents, she said that Petraeus had approved her requests. 

Reports say that Petraeus has denied giving Broadwell access to sensitive information. 

Petraeus resigned from his post as the nation’s top spy earlier this month, citing his extramarital affair with Broadwell.

His affair was uncovered after the FBI began searching for the source of harassing emails being sent to a Tampa Fla. woman, Jill Kelley, a friend of Petraeus. The search eventually traced those emails to Broadwell, revealing the affair.  

Investigators also found a number of email communications between Kelley and Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, leading to a separate Pentagon investigation into his “potentially inappropriate” communications. 

Allen returned to duty in Afghanistan this week, but his nomination to be NATO Supreme Allied Commander - Europe has been placed on hold pending the inquiry.