Petraeus Affair: Paula Broadwell 'Devastated'

A family friend of the ex-CIA head's mistress says she deeply regrets the damage that has been done.
3:00 | 11/19/12

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Transcript for Petraeus Affair: Paula Broadwell 'Devastated'
The latest now on the sex scandal that cost cia director david petraeus his job. As he plots his next career move, we're also hearing from sources closest to his mistress and protege paula broadwell. Abc's pierre thomas brings us details. She's devastated and deeply regrets the damage that's been done to her family along with everyone else. Reporter: Broadwell and her husband drive from d.C. To their north carolina home sunday trying to piece their lives back together. Declining to talk to reporters. We've got no comment. Reporter: Inside, they were greeted by 25 supportive friends and neighbors. Someone close to broadwell tells abc news, her goal now is to focus on her family. Sorry. Reporter: Broadwell faces a critical decision from prosecutors who must decide to charge her with mishandling classified information or allegedly taking secret files from government buildings. That's a potential violation of federal law. The authorities may allow the military to discipline her. The whole idea that you may have classified information on your personal computer at home, I'm sure violates the army's regulations, if nothing else. Reporter: As for sentencing petraeus, he's clearly not worried about federal prosecution. We learned he hired not a criminal attorney, but bob barnett, one of the best media lawyers in the country and one known for book deals. On the sunday talk shows there was lit criticism of petraeus. It's really the nation's loss in losing petraeus. Personally, is this a heartbreak. He's obviously a greater leader. Reporter: Meanwhile, the rest caught in the soap opera struunder the hot glare of attention. Jill kelley fought to keep a low profile as a close friend defended her in an abc news exclusive. Jill kelley is a good friend. The best kind of a friend. A friend that could keep a secret. A friend you trust. Reporter: Still, that doesn't stop "saturday night live." Here in the same clip, doing the same thing, because it's the only footage we have of her. that's apparently where we are, limited of any national security damage, but personal lives apart and lots of fodder for comedians.

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