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Paula stunned by affair fallout

Washington, Nov. 19 (AP): The biographer of Gen. David Petraeus is telling friends she is devastated by the fallout from her extramarital affair with him, which led to his resignation as head of the CIA.

A person close to Paula Broadwell said yesterday that Broadwell deeply regrets the damage that has been done to her family and others, and she is trying to repair that and move forward. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly.

A group of friends and neighbours welcomed Broadwell, her husband, Scott, and their young sons back to their North Carolina home 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.

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 she gathered while researching her biography of Petraeus in Afghanistan.

 
 
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