Via Washington Post:
The investigators first interviewed Petraeus about two weeks ago, the officials said. They reviewed the evidence with him but did not suggest that he should resign or that he would be charged with a crime, according to the officials.According to the Daily Telegraph, investigators first interviewed Broadwell on October 21st about what they had found. Yet, five days later, on October 26th, while speaking at a University of Denver Symposium, Broadwell seemed to openly divulge something that, if true, would have been a bombshell. Investigators reportedly first spoke with Petraeus just two days later, on October 28th. Fast forward to the 35:50 mark, at which point Broadwell says:
One of the officials said Justice Department officials were unclear on what steps to take after they concluded that there would be no charges against the CIA director or Broadwell and that there had been no breach of national security.
“What was our responsibility?” said one of the officials. “We were in an area where we’d never been before.”
The notification finally came Tuesday evening, while polls were still open across the country in an election that would return President Obama to office for four more years.
“Now I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually had taken a couple of Libya militia members prisoner. And they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So that’s still being vetted.”
Neil Munroe at the Daily Caller is reporting that the CIA is adamant that Broadwell's aforementioned claim is false and that the Libyan annex held no prisoners:
The Central Intelligence Agency denied charges Sunday that its annex in Benghazi, Libya secretly held a few jihadi prisoners until it was destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack. Paula Broadwell, the girlfriend then-CIA chief Gen. David Petraeus, made that claim during an Oct. 26 speech in Denver, Colo.Munroe also cites a Daily Beast find, which very well could be the best explanation for where Broadwell got her information - a Fox News report from Jennifer Griffin, which was actually dated October 26th; Broadwell even referred to a news report from Griffin in this speech. Here is the excerpt in question, from Griffin's report:
According to a source on the ground at the time of the attack, the team inside the CIA annex had captured three Libyan attackers and was forced to hand them over to the Libyans. U.S. officials do not know what happened to those three attackers and whether they were released by the Libyan forces.Of course, making it even more unlikely that Broadwell was revealing sensitive or classified information is the fact that the FBI had interviewed her only five days prior to this speech about both her emails to Kelley as well as the nature of her relationship with Petraeus.
That her words may be getting increased scrutiny is likely an unintended consequence of scandal. It also could cause more media interest in Benghazi-gate.
**UPDATE** The above video has since been removed but below is a shorter excerpt from the speech that consists of the controversial few minutes in question. Pay attention at the 2:45 mark as Broadwell discusses what appears to be Jennifer Griffin's aforementioned report from earlier that day:
Something that needs to be cleared up...
Did Broadwell get information about the annex taking prisoners from Jennifer Griffin's report that she made reference to or was it separate?
If Griffin reported on October 26th that there were prisoners at the annex and Broadwell talked about that report later that evening while making specific reference to it, how did Broadwell divulge secret information?