News you may have missed #810 (Petraeus resignation edition)

David PetraeusBy JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | |
►►How did Petraeus’ affair come to light? CIA Director David Petraeus resigned after a probe into whether someone else was using his email. The probe eventually led to the discovery that he was having an extramarital affair, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cites “several people briefed on the matter”. An FBI inquiry into the use of Petraeus’s Gmail account led agents to believe the woman or someone close to her had sought access to his email. An extramarital affair has significant implications for an official in a highly sensitive post, such as that held by Petraeus, because it can open an official to blackmail.
►►Who did Petraeus have an affair with? The woman with whom General David Petraeus was having an affair is Paula Broadwell, a West Point graduate and the author of a recent hagiographic book about him, entitled All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, co-written with Vernon Loeb. Slate‘s Fred Kaplan reports that “it had long been rumored that something was going on between Petraeus and Broadwell. When she was embedded with him in Afghanistan, they went on frequent 5-mile runs together. But Petraeus went on 5-mile runs with many reporters, and few people who knew him took the rumors seriously”.
►►Who is leading the CIA now? With General David Petraeus stepping down as director of the CIA, following reports of an extra-marital affair, the agency’s current deputy director will take over as director on an interim basis. His name is Michael Morell, and he was a senior CIA aide in the White House to President George W. Bush. Morell had served as deputy director since May 2010, after holding a number of senior roles, including director for the agency’s analytical arm, which helps feed intelligence into the President’s Daily Brief. He also worked as an aide to former CIA Director George Tenet.

9 Responses to News you may have missed #810 (Petraeus resignation edition)

  1. sage says:

    The power of p—y brings down the mighty. I wonder if we really are spiritual beings, or just biology that can’t resist the programed urge to merge.

  2. Jsmithe says:

    Gmail?!? The head of the CIA is using gmail!?! WTF?

  3. I respect the hell outta David Petreaus, which forces me to take at face value his reasons for resigning; however, I am having a hard time believing that his resignation didn’t have something to do with what happened in Benghazi on 9/11/2012. Waiting for a clearer pattern to emerge…

  4. Kidd says:

    he chose after the election to make this announcement , one reason , it would be a distraction. the whiny rich kid and daddy rove would try to make political hay with it. second, it was out of loyalty to the CIC. not sure if Fox News will hire him. they would have loved for him to bring this up during the duel for the white house, just so they could grind it into the ground. as Matt A, mentions, this could have much to do with the Benghazi flap up.

  5. maybe the real reason David Petraeus had to go was failure in Benghazi, failure to comprehend insurgency and how to combat it ideologically and failure generally to think strategically with objective well educated foresight…one needs more than stars on ones shoulders to think of the global threats of the 21st Century…? If he was valuable, surely a ‘mia culpa’ would have sufficed on his personal indiscretions? Let’s hope his replacement comprehends the real risks that we face and how to pre-empt future attacks…or we will continue to suffer, play catch up and then over-react and so re-energize the Islamo -Fascists rhetoric which in turn radicalizes and encourages insurgency.

  6. In my last comment, I do not cast any blame or insinuation on David personally as obviously he has had a distinguished career and cannot be held responsible personally and solely for national policy. The comment was generally about him appearing to be the ‘all guy’/expendable for recent failures of the collective wisdom of the intelligence agencies to halt the march of Salafi-Takfiri-Jihadi extremism not just among the insurgents in AF-PAK but all throughout the Middle East. We need to have a more thorough strategy to deal with the ideologies and what drives extremism and not just the ‘names over the door’. Benghazi should be a wake up call.

  7. Joseph says:

    If that would have been Gay affair would be harder to kick him out from job…at least somebody would voice support

  8. TFH says:

    This affair reminds me of a story from the Boston globe:

    “In 2006, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which conducts Internet pornography investigations, produced a list of 5,200 Pentagon employees suspected of viewing child pornography and asked the Pentagon to review it. But the Pentagon checked only about two-thirds of the names, unearthing roughly 300 defense and intelligence employees who allegedly had viewed child pornography on their work or home computers.

    The defense investigators failed to check an additional 1,700 names on the list, defense officials have revealed in correspondence with Senator Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa.

    Downloading child pornography is a federal crime, punishable by prison sentences of five to 20 years. But members of Congress and other officials say it raises additional concerns when such materials are accessed by employees with high-level security classifications, because it leaves them vulnerable to blackmail.”

    Why were the investigations stopped, was it because those defense workers were too valuable with their expertise to be locked up for 20 years, because they knew the right strings to pull, because of someone not wanting to loose their assets in inter agency espionage or because the names belonged to double agents pretending to view child porn so they could pretend to be blackmailed?

    And in light of this, why could Petraeus not escape this fallout, is it because there is fierce competition for his job?

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