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Updated: Nov 20, 2012 11:04 AM EST

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Broadwell spent over a year interviewing Petraeus for her unofficial biography on the general. (Photo : Good Reads)

Paula Broadwell, the author who carried on an affair with former CIA Director, General David Petraeus, "deeply regrets the damage that's been done to her family," according to an anonymous friend of the biographer who spoke to ABC News.

Broadwell is reportedly "devastated" by the fallout from her extramarital affair with the General that led to his resignation as Director of the CIA. The writer is extremely remorseful for the damage done to her family, and the families of those her actions effected, and is trying to rebuild and move ahead, said a close friend of Broadwell's to ABC News under the condition of anonymity

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After more than a week of dodging reporters while staying at her brother's home in Washington, a group of more than 25 friends and neighbors welcomed Broadwell, her husband, and their sons back to their Charlotte, N.C. home, reported ABC News. According to the family associate, Broadwell was overwhelmed and touched by the amount of support from her neighbors.

Broadwell didn't react to reporters gathered outside the home. Her husband said "no comment at this time," adding that a possible statement would be coming soon, according to ABC News affiliate WSOC.

The 40-year-old author, who wrote the biography on Gen. Petraeus, "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus," is just trying to "focus on her family" right now according to the source.

The FBI is still currently investigating Broadwell concerning the classified documents found on her home computer, which investigators believe the author gathered while researching her biography of Petraeus in Afghanistan.

Broadwell's affair with Petraeus was revealed after another female acquaintance of Petraeus's, Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, complained to the FBI that she had been receiving threatening anonymous emails. The emails were eventually traced back to Broadwell, leading the FBI to uncover her romantic relationship with Petraeus, which allegedly ended over the summer.

According to The Boston Globe, "Kelley served as sort of an unpaid social liaison for Central Command, hosting parties at her and her husband's home, where senior officers would mingle with Tampa's elite," said the newspaper. 

Broadwell also reportedly personally harassed Kelley, implying her attention to Petraeus was inappropriate, and telling her to stay away from "my man." Officials say that Broadwell viewed Kelley as a romantic rival for Petraeus.

The FBI has not yet announced whether they plan to prosecute Broadwell for bringing classified material into her home. However, as many publications speculate, depending on the nature of the classified information, Broadwell's punishment may come from the military.

"The whole thought or idea that you have classified information on your personal computer at home, I'm sure violates some Army regulations if nothing else," said Brad Garret, a former FBI agent and consultant to ABC News.

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