FBI takes boxes from Petraeus lover’s Charlotte home

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Gen. David Petraeus (left) with Paula Broadwell (right) [Photo courtesy, WSOC-TV]

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — FBI agents on Monday night searched the North Carolina home of the woman whose affair with retired Gen. David Petraeus led to his resignation as CIA director.

FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said agents went to Paula Broadwell’s home in Charlotte, but declined to say what they were doing there.

The agents appeared at Broadwell’s home carrying the kinds of cardboard boxes often used for evidence gathering during a search. They walked through the open garage of Broadwell’s house and knocked at a side door before entering the home. One person was taking photographs of the house and its garage as members of the news media watched.

WSOC reported seeing boxes and computers removed from the Dilworth home. Crews with the station have reportedly been waiting outside the home since Friday night.

Petraeus resigned his CIA post last week after acknowledging an extramarital affair.

GENERAL INVESTIGATED FOR EMAILS TO PATRAEUS FRIEND:

The Pentagon says the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is also under investigation for alleged “inappropriate communications” with Jill Kelley, the woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Broadwell.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the FBI referred the matter to the Pentagon on Sunday. Panetta says he ordered a Pentagon investigation of Allen on Monday.

A senior defense official, who discussed the matter only on condition of anonymity because it is under investigation, said Allen’s communications were with Kelley, who has been described as an unpaid social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., which is headquarters to the U.S. Central Command.

Sources: The Associated Press | | WSOCTV.com

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