Wikipedia Edit in January Suggests Broadwell Affair With Petraeus Was No Secret

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Milo Wendt noticed an interesting thing about the Wikipedia page for Paula Broadwell, the journalist whose affair with David Petraeus led to his resignation as CIA director.

According to the editing history for her Wikipedia page, on January 26, 2012, about one hour after the page was first created, an anonymous editor added the sentence:

Petraeus is reportedly one of her many conquests.

This addition was removed by another editor shortly afterward (for “libel/vandalism”), and a month later the entire article was deleted. The editing history reappeared when a new article on Paula Broadwell was created recently.

What does it mean? Hard to say; the IP address of the anonymous editor traces to a common ISP, and this appears to be the only edit this person ever made with that IP address. But it strongly suggests that Broadwell’s affair with Petraeus wasn’t exactly a big secret even back in January of this year.

Here’s a screenshot of the comparison between the edited version and the original:

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