At least one chapter in the Shakespeare-worthy downfall of former general and CIA director David Petraeus is ending with a whimper. Mr. Petraeus’s biographer and one-time paramour Paula Broadwell will not be charged with cyberstalking–the very accusation that led to her affair with Mr. Petraeus becoming public knowledge.
Ms. Broadwell’s lawyer gave an official letter indicating as much to the media. In the letter, United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill wrote that “no federal charges will be brought in the Middle District of Florida relating to alleged acts of cyber-stalking.”
With a 24/7 news cycle, it’s downright impossible for reporters to avoid making mistakes. But–especially when lifting something from the internet–sometimes a little fact checking goes a long way.
How Not to Use Email
In spite of her training in military intelligence and West Point education, David Petraeus’s biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell apparently never learned about tracing data embedded in emails. That’s what ultimately brought the F.B.I. to Ms. Broadwell’s door and led to the ugly unveiling last Friday of her affair with the former general and CIA director.
Wired reports the tawdry tale began its downhill slide into public scandal with email harassment: