Paula Broadwell, the biographer and mistress of former CIA Director David Petraeus, will not face charges for cyber-stalking, according to federal prosecutors.
In a Dec. 14 letter to Broadwell’s lawyer, U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill advised the West Point graduate that “no federal charges will be brought in the Middle District of Florida relating to alleged acts of cyber stalking.”
The federal investigation that led to Petraeus’s admission of an affair and resignationl was sparked by harassing e-mails received by Jill Kelley, a Florida woman who associated with the retired four-star general. Those e-mails, an FBI investigation discovered, came from accounts associated with Broadwell, according to law enforcement officials. The investigation also uncovered the relationship between Petraeus and Broadwell, which both admitted to during FBI interviews and Petraeus acknowledged in his resignation letter to CIA employees.
“We are pleased with the decision, and are pleased with the professionalism of the Tampa United States Attorney’s Office, particularly Assistant United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow,” Robert Muse, Broadwell’s lawyer, said in a statement.
The letter does not address whether officials are still looking into Broadwell’s possession of classified documents, a large number of which were discovered by the FBI when agents searched her computers, according to the law enforcement officials.
Broadwell told the FBI in interviews that the classified information did not come from Petraeus, the official said.
Last month, Petraeus, 60, resigned and admitted in a statement to having an affair. During his career, he rose to the rank of four-star general and led the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring to become head of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Broadwell, 40, graduated with academic, fitness and leadership honors from West Point, according to the Penguin Speakers Bureau. During more than 15 years of military service, she has served with the U.S. intelligence community, Special Operations Command and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces, according to the speakers bureau.