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Paula Broadwell: ‘Bit of a shock’ to hear Petraeus up for Cabinet

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The woman who received classified information from former CIA head David Petraeus while the two were having an affair said she was surprised but happy that he is being considered for a Cabinet post.

“I think he is unequally qualified for many positions, but that’s not my position to say. I think that president-elect would have to decide and members of the Senate,” Paula Broadwell said in an interview with CBS News that is set to air on Thursday.

{mosads}”As I woke up to the news — and it was a bit of a shocker that he was being considered for a Cabinet position — I was both shocked that I am still in this tenuous position and yet happy because I think he should be able to go on with his life. He’s earned it. And so should his family,” she said.

Broadwell, an Army Reserves major, was recently reprimanded her for her actions by the military. She argued in the CBS News interview that she also deserves a second chance to move on.

“Why shouldn’t I be able to go on?” she said. “I’m really just asking on principle to be treated with dignity and also to be treated by the same standard with the military. And to be able to move forward and not have this sort of potential cancer hanging over my head.”

Broadwell and Petraeus admitted to an extra-martial affair in 2012. Investigators subsequently found that Petraeus mishandled classified information while Broadwell was writing his biography.

Now facing uncertainty about her career, Broadwell said her situation is “soul-eating.”

“I mean, it’s really been what it’s like for the last five years, thinking and living with cancer, and I don’t know if it’s going to metastasize and get worse or will it go away. It’s probably a very poor analogy, but when you don’t know, when there’s uncertainty, constant uncertainty, it’s kind of soul-eating,” she said.

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