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Former CIA director admits affair

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General David Petraeus surprised Washington and beyond with his resignation on Friday. He stepped down from his position as the director of the CIA, after admitting he had an affair. A U.S. official said the FBI had a tip that the New York native was involved with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Brian Broders from YNN's sister station, News 14 Carolina, visited Broadwell's neighborhood to find out more about her.

Paula Broadwell's Charlotte home sat empty on Saturday as news swirled of her reported affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus, who resigned on Friday.

Broadwell's neighbors were sympathetic.

"Everyone one of us I think has done something they would not like to see on the TV news, and it's unfortunate for Paula and for General Petraeus, who I admire a lot,” said Ed Williams, Broadwell's neighbor.

Broadwell, a West Point and Harvard graduate, received national attention earlier this year when she released a biography of Petraeus, following months of access with the now retired four-star general across the world.

"Paula is a woman who is an accomplished woman,” Williams said. “She's a scholar and a soldier and she has a great career ahead of her."

Broadwell's Dilworth neighbors said the wife and mother of two has a good sense of humor and is active in the community, especially with military causes.

"Everything I know about her is good,” Williams said. “I know she's been a tireless worker on behalf of wounded veterans and I praise her for that."

In uptown Charlotte, the news of Petraeus' resignation stunned former military service members, who attended Saturday's Veterans Day parade.

"That's a tough pill to swallow, not only for the military but for America,” Andy Wallace said.

"If it's only one mistake, it's unfortunate, but he's done the military and the government so much good," Tom Jackson said.

Broadwell spoke with News 14 Carolina last Friday at a wounded warrior event. Neighbors saw her on Election Day at the polls and said nothing was out of the ordinary.

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