General David Petraeus alleged mistress Paula Broadwell earned masters at University of Denver

DENVER - The woman whose extramarital affair with CIA director David Petraeus led to his resignation last week recently gave a speech at the University of Denver that provided insight into the early stages of their relationship.

Paula Broadwell earned a master's degree from the University of Denver in 2006 and spoke about the attack in Benghazi at an Oct. 26 alumni event. It was during that speech, now available on YouTube, that Broadwell made the controversial comments.

"I don't know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually taken a couple Libyan militia members prisoner and they think the attack on the consulate was an effort to try and get these prisoners back. That's still being vetted," she said.

An ambassador and two other Americans were killed in that attack, but the CIA is denying her assertion that it held Libyan militants prior to the attack.

Broadwell earned a master's degree in international security from DU in 2006, before attending Harvard where she first met General Petraeus.

Broadwell, a co-author of Petraeus' biography, also spoke about the general in her speech.

"I realized there was an opportunity to write about this transformational leader," she said. "So I proposed writing a dissertation using him as a case study.

Broadwell said many of her earlier interviews with Petraeus were conducted through email and while running together.

"I was told never to beat him, keep up with him and that's the rite of passage but don't beat him because he's a guy, you are a girl, he's a celebrity and you are a soccer mom," she said.

Broadwell was also an embedded journalist in Afghanistan when Petraeus became the top commander there.

"He was gracious enough to allow me to travel with him," she said.

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