US military revokes access for women at centre of Petraeus scandal

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 11:10 hrs

The US military has revoked access for two women at the heart of the scandal that led to the resignation of General David Petraeus as CIA director.

Security clearance has been suspended for Petraeus' ex-mistress Paula Broadwell, and Jill Kelley's pass at the Florida air force base where she organized social events has been frozen.

An FBI inquiry into Kelley's complaints of receiving harassing emails revealed that Broadwell and General Petraeus had an extra-martial affair.

Broadwell, a 40-year-old married mother of two, had apparently sent the anonymous emails to Kelley warning her to stay away from General Petraeus.

According to the BBC, Broadwell, who wrote a biography of General Petraeus, held a high security clearance through her prior work as an Army intelligence officer.

It is not uncommon for those under investigation to have such clearance suspended, officials said.

An investigation is underway into how classified material ended up on the West Point graduate's computer and in her Charlotte, North Carolina home, which was searched by the FBI on Monday.

Meanwhile, a Pentagon spokesman said suspending Kelley's pass for MacDill Air Force Base was in the best interests of the local military community, the report said.

He confirmed the 37-year-old married mother of three would be able to enter the base, near Tampa, but only through the visitors' centre. (ANI)

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