Petraeus' biographer a military reservist, scholar

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Associated Press

Posted on November 10, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 10 at 1:32 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials with knowledge of David Petraeus' decision to resign as CIA director over an extramarital affair identify the woman involved as his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

Broadwell is a West Point graduate and an Army reservist who was recalled three times to active duty after the Sept. 11 attacks to work on counterterrorism issues. She specialized in military intelligence before pursuing an academic career,

In the preface to "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus," Broadwell wrote that Petraeus became a mentor after they met at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 2006.

The book began as research for her dissertation, a case study of Petraeus' leadership. It evolved into an authorized biography written with Washington Post editor Vernon Loeb after President Barack Obama put Petraeus in charge of Afghanistan in 2010.

With the book done, Broadwell told friends she was returning to her dissertation, using part of her research on Petraeus to complete her doctorate.

Officials say the FBI discovered the relationship while checking reports that Broadwell may have had access to Petraeus' personal email.

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152-w-36-(Tim Maguire, AP correspondent, with Paula Broadwell, co-author of Petraeus biography)--Two unidentified government officials say the FBI uncovered General David Petraeus affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell when agents were tipped she had access to the CIA director's personal email account. AP correspondent Tim Maguire reports. (10 Nov 2012)

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153-a-15-(Paula Broadwell, who co-wrote the biography of former CIA Director David Petraeus, who according to U.S. officials, had an affair with him, in interview from Jan. 25, 2012)-"go for it"-In an interview from January 25th, biographer Paula Broadwell says David Petraeus was eager to help her with her book. COURTESY: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (10 Nov 2012)

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155-a-17-(Paula Broadwell, who co-wrote the biography of former CIA Director David Petraeus, who according to U.S. officials, had an affair with him, in interview from Jan. 25, 2012)-"ran pretty quickly"-In an interview from January 25th, biographer Paula Broadwell says she got to know more about David Petraeus by running with him. COURTESY: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (10 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NCCHN301: 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) (15 Jan 2012)

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APPHOTO NY215: FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, former Commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Gen. Davis Petraeus, standing with his wife Holly, participates in an armed forces farewell tribute and retirement ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va. Gen. Petraeus, the retired four-star general who led the U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (31 Aug 2011)

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