(Politico) No pass for Petraeus
If anyone in Washington could have weathered a sex scandal, Gen. David Petraeus would seem like that person.
Yet the retired general who inspired admiration bordering on reverence from so many in the capital was abruptly out Friday as Central Intelligence Agency director, just one day after President Barack Obama learned of Petraeus’s extramarital relationship.
Intelligence community insiders say Petraeus was felled by an increasing sensitivity in the Obama administration to extramarital dalliances, stemming from recent cases in which officials at various levels have seen their careers scuttled for similar personal misconduct.
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Posted November 10, 2012 at 8:20 am
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1. Br. Michael wrote:
Right, And coincidentally a week before he was scheduled to testify before Congress. Democrats who want to regulate everything but drugs and sex and steadfastly defended Clinton, now get morality. Yeah right. But nothing will come of it.
November 10, 12:35 pm | [comment link]
2. Catholic Mom wrote:
There’s more to this than meets the eye. The other boot has yet to drop. The woman he had the affair with wrote a biography about him and followed him around for a long time collecting information about it. Possible guess—he gave improperly gave her access to secure information.
November 10, 4:06 pm | [comment link]
3. Branford wrote:
Catholic Mom, the FBI was already investigating whether she accessed his classified emails or not. They knew about this months ago, but held it until after the election. This timing is too coincidental, given the questions surrounding the Benghazi attack. Now Petraeus says he won’t testify since he is no longer head of the CIA. I hope Congress subpoenas him for his testimony. From Newsmax:
November 10, 7:41 pm | [comment link]
FBI agents on the case were aware that such a decision had been made to hold off on forcing him out until after the election and were outraged.
“The decision was made to delay the resignation apparently to avoid potential embarrassment to the president before the election,” an FBI source says. “To leave him in such a sensitive position where he was vulnerable to potential blackmail for months compromised our security and is inexcusable.”
4. Cennydd13 wrote:
When one is in a highly sensitive position such as CIA Director, he or she has to be extremely careful not to engage in any behavior which could conceivably result in scandal or lead to blackmail by foreign intelligence agencies, and Petraeus should’ve known better. What he did could’ve been harmful to the country, and further investigation could turn up some very interesting information.
November 11, 12:39 am | [comment link]
5. Catholic Mom wrote:
Apparently (according to the NYTimes today) he had been dragging her around with him for a long time, even when he was in the military, causing military leaders and others to complain about this woman who had no security clearance having acess to all these places. The excuse was that she was writing a book (although I’m not sure how that justifies it). It now turns out the FBI got called in because the woman was writing threatening letters to another woman and the threatened woman complained to the FBI about it and in investigating they discovered the affair with Petraeus. Pretty sure we’ll hear yet more about this.l
November 11, 1:33 pm | [comment link]
6. BlueOntario wrote:
She had a clearance. She was in intellegence in the Army, but in what capacity I know not. Apparently, Broadwell was a West Pointer.
November 11, 10:06 pm | [comment link]
7. clarin wrote:
Writing “books” (i.e. political promo hagiography) about public servants should be absolutely prohibited by a code of conduct. This is a serious abuse of public time and money - IOW, par for the course.
November 12, 2:38 am | [comment link]
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