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The FBI discovered an affair between former CIA director David Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, during the summer but the information never made its way outside of the FBI or the Justice Department until a whistleblower went to Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in late October.

An aide to Cantor says the Virginia congressman first heard about CIA Director David Petraeus’ extramarital affair on Saturday, Oct. 27, from an FBI source he didn’t know.

Communications director Rory Cooper told The Associated Press Monday that Cantor notified the FBI’s chief of staff of the conversation, but did not tell anyone else because he did not know whether the information from an unknown source was credible. Petraeus resigned last week as the nation’s top spy because of the affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

The spokesman said the Oct. 27 conversation was arranged by Rep. Dave Reichert, a Washington Republican…

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