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Petraeus says he messed up ‘royally’

In a hand-written note to a friend, former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus said he "screwed up royally" in his alleged affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

CIA Director David Petraeus (Mark Wilson -- Getty Images)

“I paid the price (appropriately) and I sought to do the right thing at the end of the day,” he wrote in the Nov. 20 letter to retired Brig. Gen. James Shelton obtained by the New York Post.

He also said he and his wife will try to salvage their marriage: 

“Team Petraeus will survive though [I] have obviously created enormous difficulty for us,” he wrote. “Holly is, however, once again demonstrating how incredibly fortunate I was to marry her.”

He signed the note “ATW” for “All The Way” — the military call for Army parachutists.


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