Holly Petraeus, the wife of General David Petraeus, is “stunned” and “furious” over the news of her husband’s affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
In 2011, two months after becoming the nation’s top spy as director of the CIA, General David Petraeus began his affair with Broadwell, which culminated in his shocking resignation last week. His family is said to be devastated by the affair, especially the General’s jilted wife, Holly, who “is not exactly pleased right now,” according to Steve Boylan, a friend and former Petraeus spokesman who spoke to Petraeus over the weekend.
“Furious would be an understatement,” Boylan told ABC’s Good Morning America, also revealing that Petraeus ended the affair four months ago.
Boylan also added that Petraeus is well aware that he made a “colossal mistake,” and that his focus it repairing his relationships with his family.
The damage done to his family isn’t the only thing Petraeus has to worry about. If any evidence is turned up which suggests that the affair began before he left the military and entered his position with the CIA, the General could face military prosecution for adultery.
Boylan says that the affair began when Petraeus admitted it began – several months after his retirement from the Army in August 2011. However, some suspicion has centered on the fact that Petraeus’s selection of Broadwell as his biographer seemed strange from the get-go. “For him to allow the very first biography to be written about him, to be written by someone who had never written a book before, seemed very odd to me,” former Petraeus aide Peter Mansoor opined.
The truth will trickle out slowly over the coming weeks and months, but as of now, most are still trying to process the sudden shock of such a lauded General’s infidelity and resignation. “We received no advanced notice. It was like a lightning bolt,” said Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee.
You can watch the video of Steve Boylan’s GMA interview at the BBC.
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