Petraeus decided to quit, though he was breaking no laws by having an affair, officials said.
“He decided he needed to come clean with the American people,” said Steve Boylan, a retired army officer and former Petraeus spokesman who talked with him Saturday.
“He screwed up, he knows he screwed up, now he’s got to try to get past this with his family and heal,” said Boylan.
Feinstein said Sunday that she has not been told the precise relationship between Petraeus and the woman who reported the harassing emails to the FBI. She said she has been told only that she was someone Petraeus “knew and was close to.”
Broadwell interviewed the general and his close associates intensively for more than a year to produce the best-selling biography, “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,” which was written with Vernon Loeb, a Washington Post editor, and published in January.
Broadwell is married with two young sons. She has not responded to multiple emails and phone messages. She’d planned to celebrate her 40th birthday in Washington this weekend, with many reporters invited. Her husband emailed guests to cancel the party.
CIA officers long had expressed concern about Broadwell’s unprecedented access to the director. She frequently visited the spy agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va., to meet Petraeus in his office, accompanied him on morning runs around the CIA grounds and often attended public functions as his guest, according to two former intelligence officials.
Petraeus‘ staff when he was overseeing the war in Afghanistan similarly had been concerned about the time she spent with their boss.
• Associated Press writer Adam Goldman contributed to this report.