May 1st, 2013
08:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Petraeus' mistress Broadwell: I'm looking forward

(CNN) – After weathering a political and personal scandal that made her the subject of glaring media scrutiny, Paula Broadwell says she's ready to move forward.

The former Army reservist who became romantically involved with Gen. David Petraeus while penning his biography, and was later accused of sending threatening e-mails to another woman, Broadwell told a local television station in Charlotte she's returning to the faith-based environment of her childhood.

"I grew up in a strong faith-based family," Broadwell told News 14 Carolina-Charlotte. "I think I have selected to return to those roots for strength, for my family, for myself and to protect our children and to forgive others and move on and face forward."

She was speaking after attending a YMCA-sponsored prayer breakfast in Charlotte, which she said had "touched her heart."

"I've made some mistakes in the past but I'm trying to look forward with my family," she said.

In November, Petraeus resigned from his post as CIA director after admitting to an extramarital affair. In the days that followed, U.S. officials said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had discovered Petraeus was romantically linked with Broadwell, who herself was under investigation for sending allegedly harassing and anonymous e-mails to a socialite living in Tampa, Florida, who was friendly with Petraeus and his wife.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa ultimately decided against bringing federal cyberstalking charges against Broadwell.

In the course of the investigation, the FBI also discovered classified materials on Broadwell's computer, though sources said the information wasn't highly sensitive.

As the scandal broke, Broadwell was cast in the media as an infatuated "other woman" who jealously protected her relationship with Petraeus. Reporters camped outside her brother's house in Washington, waiting to catch a glimpse of the woman who helped bring down the nation's spy chief.

But speaking now, Broadwell says attention is not what she's after.

"I'm not seeking publicity," she said. "I'm seeking meaningful work," noting she's been involved with veteran organizations in the past.

"At the end of the day, I count my blessings being in this wonderful country and our wonderful community and having such a wonderful family and opportunities and the opportunity to rebuild," she said.

CNN's Carol Cratty and Adam Shivers contributed to this report.

Filed under: CIA • David Petraeus
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. R Thomas Berner

    Isn't "romantically involved" a euphemism?

    May 1, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  2. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Hmmm. Could she be the next Faux News analyst? Could she be a future host on "The View"? Could she be the subject of the next Lifetime movie staring JLH after they finish the Jody Arias movie? Could Hustler offer her $500,000 to appear in their magazine? The mind boggles at her future!

    May 1, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Pete

    So miss Broadwell is looking ahead to the future and what be it if I may ask...To bring another military leader or someone of his stature down with another affair for self gratification..Or using her body ,attractiveness to put another notch in her ego driven agenda for another book deal..She should be considered hands off ,a leper of sorts because being around her means one thing trouble like it or not!!

    May 1, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. Homer Simpson

    Wonderful for her

    May 1, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. Larry L

    We're used to seeing slimy male politicians getting caught doing something dishonorable, publicly going to Jesus for forgiveness, then expecting everybody to consider the issue closed. This is the first woman I can remember to play that game. Strangely, it continues to work in the Bible Belt – but those folks also consider the earth less than 6000 years old and think NASCAR is intellectually intriguing...

    May 1, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Nobody cares. You're just giving her what she wants by giving her any attention whatsoever.

    May 1, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Data Driven

    Investigated by the FBI? Attend a "prayer breakfast" (rolls eyes)

    Well, at least she's working for wounded veterans - good for her.

    May 1, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |