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WASHINGTON ‚?? Ex-CIA director David Petraeus has told friends he was shocked to find that his biographer and girlfriend, Paula Broadwell, was suspected of sending anonymous, threatening emails to a Petraeus friend she saw as a romantic rival.

A close Petraeus associate said Monday that FBI investigators told Petraeus that Broadwell sent anonymous emails to Jill Kelley, a Petraeus family friend from his time at Central Command in Tampa, warning her to stay away from him. The Petraeus associate spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential conversations with Petraeus. The CIA director resigned last week after confessing to the affair.

Petraeus was not shown the emails, but was told the tone and content seemed threatening to Kelley, prompting her to report them, the close Petraeus associate said. That triggered the investigation that led the FBI to Broadwell and evidence of her affair with Petraeus.

The affair began in 2011, two months after he became CIA director, a friend and former top aide said Monday. The case has sparked an uproar in Congress over FBI investigative tactics and complaints by lawmakers they weren‚??t told soon enough about the probe rocking the intelligence and law enforcement establishment.

Petraeus, who resigned last week as the nation‚??s head spy, and his family are said to be devastated over the affair, especially his wife Holly, who ‚??is not exactly pleased right now,‚?Ě said Steve Boylan, a friend and former Petraeus spokesman who spoke to Petraeus over the weekend.

‚??Furious would be an understatement,‚?Ě Boylan told ABC‚??s ‚??Good Morning America.‚?Ě He said Petraeus ended the affair four months ago.

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