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Petraeus biographer said to regret affair

By Kimberly Dozier

AP Intelligence Writer

LAST UPDATED: 07:11 a.m. HST, Nov 19, 2012

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 Sunday 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, N.C., after Broadwell spent more than a week being hounded by media while staying at her brother's home in Washington. The family associate said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from her neighbors.

While Petraeus has given one 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 still 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 served as sort of an unpaid social liaison for Central Command, hosting parties at her and her husband's home, where senior officers would mingle with Tampa's elite. Officials say Kelley kept in near constant contact with Allen, and Petraeus before him, apparently trading on her friendship with the four-star commanders to advance her social status in the military-conscious community of Tampa.

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 married people. Allen's nomination to lead the U.S. European Command has been put on hold, pending results of the investigation, though officials now concede only a handful of the emails between Kelley and Allen are of a flirtatious or questionable nature.

The FBI found no reason to further investigate Petraeus, but the CIA is now investigating whether the former director behaved inappropriately, such as possibly using agency resources to further the affair.

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KeithHaugen wrote:
But think about her next book, on the affair and how she brought down one of the most popular men in America.
on November 19,2012 | 04:32AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Didn't Petraeus also have visions of running for President of the USA in 2016? That's all pau now.
on November 19,2012 | 09:32AM
false wrote:
Who is going to read it? Why? Noooot!
on November 19,2012 | 05:00AM
joewilly wrote:
"Support from her neighbors", for what? Cheating on her husband? She didn't even wright the book. The other dude did.Vernon Lowe. All she did was hang with the general and lay on her back. For that you get support?
on November 19,2012 | 05:49AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
"Cheating on her nusband?" Not to mention her two young sons. Maybe she and all her neighbors are angling for roles on the new reality series "The Real Housewives of Charlotte, NC".
on November 19,2012 | 09:34AM
Anonymous wrote:
The book could sell depending on how the book is written, eg X, XX., XXX, etc. Remember the movie, "The General's Daughter,"? Broadwell's next book could be, "The General's Lover," etc,, etc,, you can use your own imagination.
on November 19,2012 | 05:51AM
loquaciousone wrote:
As the world turns....sources have it that Donald Trump name will surface regarding this momentous tryst as a counselor for Broadwell and Kelly.
on November 19,2012 | 05:56AM
Ronin006 wrote:
The only regret she has is the affair being exposed.
on November 19,2012 | 09:01AM
cojef wrote:
Double yikes, can't say what you want, but agree with you, she got caught and for her self presrrvation reasons made the apology.
on November 19,2012 | 09:44AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
She regrets getting caught, regrets the damage she'd done to her family. What about the damages she's done to the General and HIS family? What a fool!
on November 19,2012 | 09:52AM
lee1957 wrote:
The general is responsible for the damage to his family.
on November 19,2012 | 10:55AM
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