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Nov 11, 2012

Paula Broadwell Depicted as Ambitious and Inappropriate

In this Jan. 15, 2012 photo, Paula Broadwell, author of the David Petraeus biography "All In," poses for photos in Charlotte, N.C. Petraeus, the retired four-star general renowned for taking charge of the military campaigns in Iraq and then Afghanistan, abruptly resigned Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 as director of the CIA, admitting to an extramarital affair. Petraeus carried on the affair with Broadwell, according to several U.S. officials with knowledge of the situation. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, T. Ortega Gaines) LOCAL TV OUT (WSOC, WBTV, WCNC, WCCB); LOCAL PRINT OUT (CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL, CREATIVE LOAFLING, CHARLOTTE WEEKLY, MECHLENBURG TIMES, CHARLOTTE MAGAZINE, CHARLOTTE PARENTS) LOCAL RADIO OUT (WBT)

It will likely be a while before the world hears from Paula Broadwell, whose affair with David Petraeus lead to the CIA director’s Friday resignation. Broadwell — who was reportedly in Virginia celebrating her 40th birthday with her husband, two children, and some friends when the story broke — has so far ignored the now countless requests from reporters to comment on the situation. Of course, her silence has done nothing to stunt the emerging (and unsurprisingly negative) media portrait of her as both an aggressive striver and a lovesick woman whose inappropriate behavior was unfitting of her boyfriend’s status.

By all accounts, Broadwell is a “lifelong high-achiever.” Both a prom queen and valedictorian in high school, she went on to West Point, where she was ranked first in her class for overall fitness. After that, she earned a Master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (where she first met Petraeus in 2006) and served in the Army for a decade, working as a counterintelligence officer in multiple countries. In 2009, she and her family moved into a five-bedroom home in Dilworth, an upscale suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, where neighbors described her as a devoted mother to her two young sons. In her free time, she mentored friends’ daughters, regularly went on 20-mile bike rides and eight-mile runs, and raised money for veterans support groups. “She’s kind of energetic, but not boisterous,” said one neighbor. “She’s quiet.” On her now-deleted website, Broadwell repeatedly referred to herself as “driven.”

But while many saw Broadwell as indisputably competent, others have criticized her as out-of-her-depth — at least when it came to her work with Petraeus. Her 400-page biography of the general was roundly dismissed as a “valentine” when it was released, and she was open about her close relationship with her subject, as well as her admiration for him. “Petraeus once joked I was his avatar,” she told the Charlotte Observer last year. When Broadwell made a promotional appearance on The Daily Show, John Stewart summed up the book by asking her, “I would say the real controversy here is, is he awesome or incredibly awesome?”

An Afghan policy expert who met Broadwell while she was researching the project in Kabul told the Washington Post, “She was relentlessly pro-Petraeus. There was no room for a conversation of shortcomings of the Petraeus theology. She wasn’t a reporter. She struck me as an acolyte.” Indeed, Broadwell had no prior experience as an author, a fact that some Patraeus aides now say they found odd. “Her credentials didn’t add up,” said one former staff member. “I was underwhelmed. It was surprising to me that she was his official biographer.”

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Petraeus’ biographer under FBI investigation over access to his email

Richard Engel
November 10, 2012

The biographer for resigning CIA Director David Petraeus is under FBI investigation for improperly trying to access his email and possibly gaining access to classified information, law enforcement officials told NBC News on Friday.

Paula Broadwell is the author of Petraeus’ biography, “All In.” She had extensive access to Petraeus in Afghanistan and has given numerous television interviews speaking about him.

Petraeus resigned Friday, citing an extramarital affair. The woman involved was not identified.

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