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Petraeus mistress loses security clearance

Published on Nov 15, 2012 7:31 AM
Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with CIA director General David Petraeus led to his resignation, is seen at her brother's home in Washington Nov 13, 2012.-- PHOTO : REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Paula Broadwell, the woman at the center of the scandal that felled former CIA director David Petraeus, has been stripped of her security clearance amid an FBI investigation, CNN said Wednesday.

The military clearance allowed Ms Broadwell, a major in the US army reserve and a graduate of the West Point military academy, to have access to some classified US government documents.

FBI agents searched her North Carolina home this week and seized several boxes of documents. US media reports said her computer contained classified material, but no official has yet suggested that she will face charges.

Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel James Gregory Pentagon told AFP that "appropriate actions with regard to this officer's clearance and access have been taken" but refused to elaborate further.

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