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New York Times Advice Column Raises Speculation In Petraeus Affair

New York Times Advice Column Raises Speculation In Petraeus Affair


Airdate: 11/12/2012

Did Paula Broadwell's distraught husband write an anonymous letter to The New York Times about her affair with General Petraeus?

A letter published in the Times' advice column, The Ethicist, begins:

"My wife is having an affair with a government executive."

Every detail in the letter seems to match the known facts about David Petraeus' affair with his beautiful biographer.  

"His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership," the letter says. "Exposing the affair would create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort."

The writer, who some believe may be Paula Broadwell's radiologist husband, Dr. Scott Broadwell, says he stood by and watched while the affair intensified and doesn't know what to do.

He asks: "Should I suffer in silence for the next year or two?"

The Times columnist wondered whether the letter-writer sent the letter as a warning to his wife and her powerful lover.   

"I halfway suspect...you want specific people to read this column and deduce who is involved." (Source: New York Times columnist Chuck Klosterman)

If the letter was meant as a warning, it seemed to have worked. The affair between the CIA Director and his mistress came to an end last July, around the time the letter was published in The New York Times.  

So, did Paula Broadwell's husband write the letter?

The New York Times Magazine claims: "This column... Is not about the Petraeus affair based on our fact checking."

But the intriguing speculation continues.





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