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Charlotte author's emails led to CIA chief's downfall

Threatening email messages from a Charlotte woman prompted the federal investigation that led to Friday’s surprise resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus. 

The retired Army general quit Friday after acknowledging an extra-marital affair.  He didn’t name the woman involved in the affair but news reports say she is Paula Broadwell of Charlotte, a former military officer who wrote a biography of Petraeus.

The Washington Post says this morning that the FBI began investigating after another woman close to Petraeus reported receiving threatening emails from Broadwell who may have perceived the woman as a threat to her relationship with Petraeus. The FBI investigated amid concerns that Petraeus’s personal email account may have been hacked, putting national security at risk. The affair surfaced when the FBI interviewed both Broadwell and Petraeus, who is married.

Broadwell, who lives with her husband in Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood, has not spoken publicly.


Our news partner The Charlotte Observer has a profile of Broadwell in Sunday’s paper. See “Like Petraeus, Charlotte’s Paula Broadwell exudes ambition, achievement”

And NPR’s Rachel Martin has a profile of Petraeus. See NPR.org, “Petraeus’s fall as stunning as the career before it”

Broadwell was a guest on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks in March 2012. Click to listen to that interview about her Petraeus biography  “All In.”

Also from Sunday morning’s newscast on WFAE:


About 2,000 people lined the streets in downtown Charlotte Saturday for the US Airways Salute to Veterans Parade. The Charlotte Observer reports that the parade included marching bands, junior reserve officer training corps from area high schools as well as veterans.

Meanwhile, another much smaller event downtown yesterday also drew attention. Members of a Ku Klux Klan group held an anti-immigration and White Power rally at the Old City Hall on West Trade Street, where counter protesters also showed up.  WCNC-TV reports that counter protesters outnumbered the protesters about 5 to 1.  Some dressed as clowns, and  used squeaky toys and noisemakers to drown out the KKK speeches. 


North Carolina saw a couple of high scoring football games this weekend, with results that sound a lot more like what you might find in a basketball game.     

On Saturday, Georgia Tech held off North Carolina by a score of 68 to 50 - the highest-scoring game in Atlantic Coast Conference football history, the Associated Press reported.  The Yellow Jackets and Tarheels combined for 118 points and more than a thousand yards of passing and running. The game saw only five punts. Not a big defensive day for either team. 

And then there was Friday night’s high school playoff game between Davidson Day School and Harrells Christian School. Davidson Day beat Harrells Christian 104 to 80 in the semifinals of the state independent schools Division II playoffs, DavidsonNews.net reports.  Davidson Day’s Will Grier completed 35 of 42 passes for what may be a national record 837 yards. He also threw 10 touchdown passes and ran for two more. The Patriots (10-2) move on to the NCISAA Division II final against Christ School (12-0).