POLITICS - The director of the CIA has resigned over an extra-marital affair two days after a Presidential election in which the Agency’s role in Libya was of burning concern—what is really going on here?
There seem to be some potentially fascinating political aspects of this story that have yet to be explored. Why, for instance, did this news explode publicly when it did?
Both the New York Times
and the Washington Post
report that the FBI had found, after months of investigation, that neither retired General David Petraeus, now the former director of the CIA, nor the woman with whom he was evidently involved, his biographer Paula Broadwell, had broken any laws.
Congressional intelligence officials reportedly want to know why they were not informed earlier that the FBI was investigating Petraeus. But what I am wondering is why, if the FBI had indeed concluded that they had no criminal case, this matter was brought to anyone’s attention at all.
The investigation apparently began when another woman Petraeus knew—the AP identified her
as Jill Kelley, a Florida woman with connections to the military—complained about harassing e-mails, which turned out to have been from Broadwell. It’s not yet clear how directly the e-mails involved Petraeus.
Vol 10 Issue 91
Pub: Nov 13, 2012