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Following the shocking news that David Petraeus resigned yesterday as director of the CIA due to an extramarital affair, news outlets have now confirmed the woman at the heart of that scandal:

Paula Broadwell, the former chief of U.S. Central Command’s biographer.

A Harvard graduate, Broadwell spent a great deal of time with Petraeus while doing research for “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.”

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She wrote and talked about the unlimited access she was granted for the book, which included running in the mountains of Afghanistan with the General.


Broadwell is a native of North Dakota and was valedictorian of her high school. She currently resides in Charlotte with her husband and has two children.

An FBI investigation reportedly uncovered evidence that Broadwell and Petraeus were involved romantically.

The former has yet to make a statement, while the latter handed his letter of resignation to President Obama yesterday.

Petraeus has been married for 37 years and also has two kids with his wife, Holly. He entered civilian life as the head of the CIA in 2011, following nearly four decades as a decorated military officer.