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    CIA's Petraeus Resigns Due to Extramarital Affair

    In a letter released Friday to the Central Intelligence Agency staff, Mr. Petraeus said he told the president of his resignation on Thursday, citing an affair "After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours," he said in a statement.
    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/09...arital-affair/
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    I have a friend who is a die hard republican who insists this has nothing to do with an affair, and rather some kind of conspiracy started by decmocrats, and the benghazi ordeal....
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    Well, it is a little weird that this guy resigned over an affair. What does having an affair have to do with that job? In my opinion, that is not a real reason to resign from such a position. There is a part of me that thinks there is an unreleased reason why he decided to resign and he is using the affair as an excuse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkapePhin View Post
    Well, it is a little weird that this guy resigned over an affair. What does having an affair have to do with that job? In my opinion, that is not a real reason to resign from such a position. There is a part of me that thinks there is an unreleased reason why he decided to resign and he is using the affair as an excuse.
    Agreed. Unfortunately, it's sort of a American cultural tradition to resign after an affair (unless you're President Clinton, of course). It's a holdover from our Puritanical beginnings, I guess.

    The French and Italians, who don't care about this sort of thing, have a much better hold on this sort of thing.

    It's too bad. Patraeus has been a good, maybe even great, public servant. His counter-terrorism manual/program was a great stroke.
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    IMO, the idea behind him resigning is that he is setting himself up for blackmail. Should the wrong person find out of his extra marital affair, and offer to stay silent in exchange for classified information or something of that nature. suddenly a lot of sensitive information becomes vulnerable. That kind of compromise can't be allowed to take place, especially at his position. His only move IMO, was to resign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2413fanphins View Post
    IMO, the idea behind him resigning is that he is setting himself up for blackmail. Should the wrong person find out of his extra marital affair, and offer to stay silent in exchange for classified information or something of that nature. suddenly a lot of sensitive information becomes vulnerable. That kind of compromise can't be allowed to take place, especially at his position. His only move IMO, was to resign.
    I know that upper level security clearances can be revoked for a host of seemingly unrelated reasons. Perhaps his clearance was revoked based upon the affair. We will probably never know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2413fanphins View Post
    IMO, the idea behind him resigning is that he is setting himself up for blackmail. Should the wrong person find out of his extra marital affair, and offer to stay silent in exchange for classified information or something of that nature. suddenly a lot of sensitive information becomes vulnerable. That kind of compromise can't be allowed to take place, especially at his position. His only move IMO, was to resign.
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    http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/12/us/pet...html?hpt=hp_t1

    The Petraeus affair: A lot more than sex
    By Michael Pearson, CNN
    updated 2:17 PM EST, Mon November 12, 2012

    (CNN) -- Unlike many stories about powerful Washington figures having secret affairs, the downfall of spy chief David Petraeus goes deeper than sex.

    The scandal surrounding the decorated four-star Army general who once ran the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan involves questions of national security, politics and even the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.

    Petraeus resigned Friday after acknowledging he had an affair with a woman later identified as his biographer, Paula Broadwell, a fellow West Point graduate who spent months studying the general's leadership of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

    Days after Petraeus' resignation stunned Washington, information continues to emerge. Among other things, a video has surfaced of a speech by Petraeus' paramour in which she suggested the Libya attack was targeting a secret prison at the Benghazi consulate annex, raising unverified concerns about possible security leaks.
    While affairs may be commonplace in Washington, when they involve the director of the CIA, things can take on a different tone.

    The Justice Department has said there was no breach of national security as a result of Petraeus' affair, but that hasn't stopped discussion that Broadwell could have gained access to classified information as a result of what she has routinely described as "unprecedented access" to Petraeus.

    A senior intelligence official told CNN on Monday, "These detention claims are categorically not true. Nobody was ever held at the annex before, during, or after the attacks."

    Broadwell's source for that previously unpublished bit of information remains unclear, and there's no evidence so far that it came from Petraeus. Administration officials have said the Benghazi assault was a terrorist attack.

    The New York Times also reported Sunday that investigators found classified documents on Broadwell's laptop computer. The newspaper cited investigators as saying Petraeus denied he had given them to her.
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, knew in October about Petraeus' involvement in an extramarital affair, a spokesman for the congressman told CNN on Sunday.

    Doug Heye said Cantor was tipped to the information by an FBI employee. The congressman had a conversation with the official, described as a whistle-blower, about the affair and national security concerns involved in the matter, he said.
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