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Was There Illegal Cyberstalking In The Petraeus Affair?

November 26, 2012

What launched the investigation that uncovered former CIA director David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell? Was it the suspicion of illegal “cyberstalking?” If so, was there ever any real evidence that cyberstalking laws had been broken? I seriously doubt it.

Dozens of news stories have recounted how Jill Kelley, a Tampa, Fla. socialite and friend of the Petraeus family, received a series of anonymous emails that she considered to be cyberstalking or cyber harassment. She turned to a friend of hers in the FBI, who then launched an investigation into the emails. We don’t yet know what those emails said, but a Daily Beast piece on Tuesday, attributed to a formerly high-ranking source in the intelligence community, described them as “cat-fight stuff.”  According to the source, the emails said things like, “‘Who do you think you are? … You parade around the base … You need to take it down a notch.’” Numerous reports have said Kelley received only five or ten of these emails.

 

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