Who is Paula Broadwell?

Zeenews Bureau

Washington: The abrupt departure of celebrated general, David Petraeus, at the helm of America's top spy agency, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after admitting an affair sent shock waves across the political class.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had a tip he was involved with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, and investigated the alleged affair to determine whether it posed a security risk, CNN reported citing an unnamed official.

The FBI was not investigating Petraeus for wrongdoing. The concern was that he potentially could be blackmailed or put "in a vulnerable spot”, the official said.

Broadwell spent a year with Petraeus in Afghanistan interviewing him for the book she co-wrote, "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus”.

According to her biography on the Penguin Speakers Bureau website, Paula Broadwell is a research associate at Harvard University's Center for Public Leadership and a PhD candidate in the Department of War Studies, King's College London. She is also passionate about leadership and security policies.