Well it came as somewhat of a shock yesterday to hear of Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus’ resignation over adultery, but as information continues to come out, it brings more questions of credibility of U.S. intelligence and the Obama administration.
Petraeus’ resignation is predicated on the allegations that the Federal Bureau of Investigations was conducting an investigation into emails that he sent while stationed in Afghanistan as commander of U.S. Forces until some time this year. The four star General had been commander of the U.S Forces from July 4, 2010 until July 18, 2011.
The woman who was having an affair with Petraeus is a journalist who had been writing about him.
Given his top secret clearance and the fact that Petraeus is married, the FBI continued to investigate and intercept Petraeus’ email exchanges with the woman. The emails include sexually explicit references to such items as sex under a desk.
Such a relationship is a breach of top secret security requirements and could have compromised Petraeus.
Paula Broadwell is the journalist many are speculating is the mistress of Petraeus. Broadwell was Petraeus’ biographer. Her book was titled All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.
Though this has been known in the intelligence community for some time now, it seems that the timing of Petraeus’ departure is suspect. After all he is to testify on Benghazi this coming week. Many have speculated that this is to keep him from testifying, but that seems to not be the case. In fact, Rep. Trey Gowdy appeared with Greta Van Susteren “On The Record” and said:
“The fact that he’s resigned and had an affair has nothing to do with whether he will be subpoenaed to Congress. I hope we don’t have to subpoena a four star general and a former CIA director. I would hope he would come voluntarily but if he won’t he will be subpoenaed. And none of what happened today is an offense to a subpoena… He’s either a witness in our case in chief or he’s gonna be a rebuttal witness if Susan Rice and others blame him for their failure of intelligence and failure of information. But there is no way we can get to the bottom of Benghazi without David Petraeus.”
But the timing of bringing all of this to light also makes even more suspect the issue of the attacks on the Benghazi consulate and the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Why, on the very next day after those attacks were the American people’s collective intelligences insulted by the claim that a silly anti-Islamic video was the reason for the attacks? It apparently has taken over a year to investigate the adultery of David Patraeus, but the White House cited the very same intelligence community as the reason they claimed the video was responsible for the attacks within a matter of hours.
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