Washington, DC - No federal cyberstalking charges will be brought against the biographer of former CIA director David Petraeus, whose affair with the celebrated general prompted his abrupt resignation last month, according to a Justice Department statement.
Prosecutors had been weighing whether to file criminal charges against Paula Broadwell, whose e-mails to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley set in motion an FBI investigation that ultimately exposed Broadwell's relationship with Petraeus.
"As the target of our investigation, we believe that is appropriate to advise your client that our office has determined that no federal charges will be brought... relating to alleged acts of cyber stalking,'' Assistant U.S. Attorney W.Stephen Muldrow said in a letter to Broadwell's attorney, Robert Muse, dated Dec. 14.
In a brief statement, Muse said he and his client were "pleased with the decision.''
It was immediately unclear if Muldrow's letter marked an end to an inquiry in which investigators also were reviewing Broadwell's handling of sensitive government documents.
"The decision on whether to bring a prosecution is always a serious matter and one that should never be undertaken without the most thoughtful deliberation,'' Muldrow's office said in a separate statement. "As federal prosecutors, we are guided in the discharge of our responsibilities by considerations of fairness and justice.
"The prosecution of a case is undertaken only after the most careful review and analysis of the evidence and applicable law. After applying relevant case law to the particular facts of this case, the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida has decided not to pursue a federal case regarding the alleged acts of 'cyber-stalking' involving Paula Broadwell.''
Muldrow's office declined further comment.
Kelley's representatives could not be reached immediately for comment.
Written By: Kevin Johnson, USA Today