Disgraced former CIA chief Gen. David Petraeus admits he made a huge error of judgement in his affair with Paula Broadwell in a letter to close friend James Shelton.
Left: In an image from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus gives the thumbs up with his wife Holly at his retirement ceremony and Armed Forces Farewell at Ft. Meyer in Virginia on August 31, 2011. Petraeus then became the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He resigned on November 9, 2012 due to an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell. UPI/Chad J. McNeeley/ISAF Right: In an image from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), ISAF Commander General David Petraeus shakes hands with Paula Broadwell in July 2011. Petraeus retired a few months later to become the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, where he allegedly had an affair with his biographer Broadwell. He resigned on Friday, November 9, 2012 due to the affair. UPI/ISAF
In a letter to a close friend, David Petraeus takes responsibility for his mistake in having an affair with Paula Broadwell, and for the first time confirms his wife, Holly, is staying with him.
"I screwed up royally," Petraeus wrote in a personal letter to Brigadier General James Shelton, a friend and father figure to the disgraced former CIA director. "I paid the price (appropriately) and I sought to do the right thing, at the end of the day."
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Shelton said Petraus's mistress and biographer deserves more of the blame.
[Petraeus] "was the innocent one when it came to the relationship," Shelton said. "Paula was more savvy than Dave about the nature of the things that they got involved with."
"I never knew David as being a woman chaser--he never gave a damn about anybody other than Holly."
Shelton and Petraeus have been friends since the 1970s, when they met serving together in Turkey.
The whole letter from Petraeus to Shelton:
Dear Jim (if I may)
I can't thank you enough for you note, kind words and support. I can't tell you how much it all meant.
I screwed up royally. I paid the price (appropriately) and I sought to do the right thing, at the end of the day.
Team Petraeus will survive though have obviously created enormous difficulty for us. Holly is however once again demonstrating how incredibly fortunate I was to marry her.
Beyond that thanks for sending me the photos and various items you did. It was good indeed to recall some of the good guys and the good days. Great stuff.
Again, many thanks and all the best.
ATW (all the way)