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  • 18 December 2012, 22:22

Petraeus Scandal: Cyberstalking Probe Dropped

General David Petraeus' mistress will not be charged with cyberstalking over the US military scandal.

The US Justice Department has said it is dropping its investigation into whether Paula Broadwellstalked a romantic rival online.

Broadwell's lawyer, Robert Muse, gave The Associated Press a letter from US Attorney Robert O'Neill that says no federal charges will be brought in Florida related to "alleged acts of cyberstalking".

A retired four-star general, Gen Petraeus resigned as CIA director in November after acknowledging the extramarital affair with Ms Broadwell.

The relationship was exposed after MsBroadwell emailed Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, allegedly warning Ms Kelley to stay away from GenPetraeus and from Gen John Allen, the US commander in Afghanistan.

Ms Kelley reported the emails to the FBI, triggering an investigation that eventually led the FBI to emails Kelley sent to the married Gen Allen, who is now under investigation by the Pentagon's inspector general.

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on Tuesday.

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