Thu Nov 15, 2012, 05:59 PM
Mass (27,001 posts)
Now The CIA Is Investigating Ex-Director Petraeus
Anyone who thought the multifaceted scandal that brought down CIA Director David Petraeus was winding down can think again. Now the CIA is investigating its own former leader — while some agency veterans are whispering that they never liked him in the first place. And on top of all of that, the FBI agent who started the entire affair is distancing himself from it.
It’s not even a week since Petraeus resigned from CIA after an FBI investigation discovered he had an affair with biographer Paula Broadwell. That investigation reportedly cleared Petraeus of disclosing any classified information, which would be the major national-security concern about a CIA director’s affair. But the CIA confirms that its inspector general is taking its own, open-ended look into Petraeus’ conduct.
The inspector general sent word on Wednesday to the House and Senate intelligence committees that internal review was getting started. There’s no deadline attached to the review, first reported by the Associated Press, and its focus is broad: determining whether, for instance, Petraeus used any CIA resources for his affair. A likely sub-category of the investigation will be making sure the FBI determined correctly that Petraeus didn’t jeopardize classified information. It’s unclear if the CIA’s internal watchdog will interview Petraeus himself, who will visit the Hill on Friday for a closed-door hearing with those very committees about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Meanwhile, off the record, current and ex-CIA officers are telling the press that they never liked Petraeus in the first place. A package of stories in Time portrayed CIA analysts bristling at Petraeus’ martinet style. “The agency’s not a militaristic organization,” one ex-official huffs to the magazine, “They don’t welcome people barking orders without debate.” That follows on a story in the New York Times before Petraeus’ downfall that CIA officials were disinclined to fall in line behind the ex-general. “The attitude at the agency is, ‘You may be the director, but I’m the Thailand analyst,‘” went one memorable quote sourced to an anonymous CIA veteran.
“Military guys tend not to do well, because they treat senior people like Lt. Colonels on their staffs,” one former intelligence official tells Danger Room. “He tried to avoid that. But the bearing is the bearing.”
“There’s not gonna be a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth now that he’s gone,” the official adds.
Former CIA chief Michael Hayden took pains not to criticize Petraeus in any way. But in an interview with Danger Room, he made it clear that the Agency has to go beyond the drone strikes that characterized the Petraeus Epoch at Langley.
“We have been laser-focused on terrorism, OK? And some of that is very high end, very sophisticated, very nuanced. But an awful lot of that, when you step back, looks more like targeting than it does classical intelligence,” Hayden says.
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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:29 PM
Coyotl (10,819 posts)
1. The Sweetheart on the Plane to Paris or the NeoCon Think Tanks in his Offices - place bets now
I'm sure there will be plenty to find.
This should do wonders to the military budget lobbyists