The FBI seized classified materials from Paula Broadwell’s home this week and prosecutors are reportedly trying to determine whether to charge David Petraeus’ former mistress with a crime.If Petraeus gave them to her, then he could be prosecuted (but likely wouldn't be - as former DCI he presumably has too much dirt on too many Washington bigwigs). He says he didn't give them to her.
Broadwell, 40, told investigators she ended up with the secret military documents after taking them from a government building, ABC reported. The FBI raided her North Carolina home late Monday in a pre-arranged meeting where they carried out boxes of documents, computers and evidence.
Interestingly, I'm not sure that it's a crime to take classified documents from a government building (since everything seems to be a crime, it could very well be). But here's the kicker (from the article):
Broadwell, an Army counterintelligence reservist and Petraeus’ biographer, also has a high level security clearance.And this is where Mrs. Broadwell stands a very good chance of vacationing at Club Fed. I doubt that I'm giving anything away when I say that when you get a Top Secret clearance you are briefed in no uncertain terms about what will happen to you if you screw around with classified documents. The words "felony" and "prison" are liberally scattered throughout the briefing.
Mrs. Broadwell may or may not be guilty, and may or may not be charged with a crime. But we know that she's an idiot for getting herself in this situation.