Petraeus biographer said to regret affair
WASHINGTON — Paula Broadwell is telling friends she is devastated by the fallout from her extramarital affair with retired Gen. David Petraeus, which led to his resignation as head of the CIA.
A person close to Broadwell said she deeply regrets the damage that's been done to her family and everyone else's, and she is trying to repair that and move forward. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
A group of friends and neighbors welcomed Broadwell; her husband, Scott; and their young sons back to their home in Charlotte upon Broadwell being hounded by media for more than a week while staying at her brother's home in Washington. The family associate said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.
While Petraeus has given an interview, and communicated his regret over the affair through friends and associates, this is one of the first messages to the public from Broadwell.
Broadwell is being investigated by the FBI over classified documents found on her laptop and in her home, which investigators believe the author gathered while researching her biography of Petraeus in Afghanistan. Investigators say many of the documents are old and may no longer be classified despite their labels, and say Broadwell told them she did not get them from Petraeus.
The FBI stumbled onto their relationship after tracking anonymous emails Broadwell allegedly sent to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, warning Kelley to stay away from Petraeus and Afghanistan war commander Gen. John Allen.
Kelley was sort of an unpaid social liaison for Central Command, hosting parties in her and her husband's home, where senior officers would mingle with Tampa's elite.
The scandal widened when the Pentagon announced it was looking into that copious correspondence between Kelley and Allen, searching for possible evidence of an inappropriate relationship between the two. Allen's nomination to lead the U.S. European Command has been put on hold, pending results of the investigation, though officials concede only a handful of the emails between Kelley and Allen are of a flirtatious or questionable nature.
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