The Petraeus scandal: A who's who

The Senate confirmed Gen. David H. Petraeus as the commander for the war in Afghanistan on June 30, 2010. Over the next year, Paula Broadwell, a former Army officer who was Petraeus’s biographer, made multiple trips to Afghanistan and was given unprecedented access to Petraeus and his commanders. The key players and how the scandal unfolded:

Gen. David Petraeus

Paula Broadwell

Gen. John R. Allen

Jill Kelley

Sept. 11: Attack a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya

Obama accepts resignation
Nov. 9

Sept. 6, 2011: Petraeus is sworn in as CIA director.

November: Affair begins, according to Petraeus's friends.

January 2012: "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus" is released.

July: Affair ends, according to Petraeus's friends.

Oct. 29: Petraeus has final interview with FBI.

Late September through Nov. 2: Broadwell interviewed by FBI.

May: Begins receiving harassing e-mails.

June: Gives the e-mails to a friend at the FBI.


Summer 2012: FBI agents determine that the e-mail trail leads to Broadwell. They come across a private e-mail account using an alias that belongs to Petraeus. E-mails between Petraeus and Broadwell lead agents to believe the two are having an affair, which they both later acknowledged.

Late summer: Senior Justice Department officials are notified. By this time, the FBI has concluded that there was no national security breach involving Petraeus, but continues investigating the harassing emails sent to Kelley.

Oct. 27: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) receives call from FBI "whistle-blower."

Oct. 31: Cantor notifies FBI.

Nov. 6: FBI notifies James R. Clapper Jr., director of national intelligence, about the inquiry. Clapper speaks with Petraeus by phone and advises him to resign.

Nov. 7: Clapper informs White House.

Nov. 8: President Obama is informed.

Nov. 9: Obama accepts resignation.

July 2011: Allen succeeds Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan. He previously served as Petraeus’s deputy when both generals led the military’s Tampa-based Central Command from 2008 until 2010.

Nov. 13: Pentagon reveals that Allen is under internal Defense Department investigation for "inappropriate communications" with Kelley over a two-year period.


Gen. John R. Allen

Broadwell sent harrassing e-mails to Kelley and several e-mails to Allen regarding Kelley.

Petraeus told Broadwell to stop sending e-mails to Kelley.

Jill Kelley, a Tampa socialite, exchanged hundreds of e-mails with Allen.

Kelley told Petraeus about Broadwell's e-mails

SOURCE: Associated Press, staff reports. GRAPHIC: Laura Stanton, Julie Tate and Karen Yourish - The Washington Post. Published Nov. 13, 2012.