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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:16 PM

Petraeus hoped affair would stay secret and he could keep his job as CIA director

Source: washingtonpost.com/politics

CIA Director David H. Petraeus did not intend to resign from his position until it became clear that his extramarital affair with his biographer would become public after a federal investigation of his e-mail accounts, according to two longtime military aides who admire the retired general.

In a farewell letter last week to CIA staff members, Petraeus described his affair with Paula Broadwell as behavior that is “unacceptable both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.” The statement and others from his allies in the days that followed created an impression that he had stepped down of his own volition, and out of a sense of moral obligation.

But some of his closest advisers who served with him during his last command in Iraq said Monday that Petraeus planned to stay in the job even after he acknowledged the affair to the FBI, hoping the episode would never become public. He resigned last week after being told to do so by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. on the day President Obama was reelected.

.... There are still unanswered questions about the sequence of events. Over the weekend, Kelley hired Washington lawyer Abbe Lowell and Broadwell hired longtime Washington defense lawyer Robert F. Muse. ....

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/petraeus-told-biographer-to-stop-harassing-family-friend-officials-say/2012/11/12/6ccb325c-2d00-11e2-a99d-5c4203af7b7a_story.html



He resigned last week after being told to do so by his boss, the Director of National Intelligence

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Reply Petraeus hoped affair would stay secret and he could keep his job as CIA director (Original post)
Coyotl Nov 2012 OP
dixiegrrrrl Nov 2012 #1
DeSwiss Nov 2012 #2
Blue_Tires Nov 2012 #14
liberal N proud Nov 2012 #3
LisaL Nov 2012 #8
starroute Nov 2012 #4
condoleeza Nov 2012 #5
Jackpine Radical Nov 2012 #6
olddad56 Nov 2012 #9
Mr.Bill Nov 2012 #7
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #10
Kingofalldems Nov 2012 #11
4th law of robotics Nov 2012 #12
ThoughtCriminal Nov 2012 #13
appal_jack Nov 2012 #15

Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:35 PM

1. Man, talk about warped thinking.

Obviously he had no concerns for the President's position, or the CIA dept., plus thinking that weighter the FBI OR the CIA would be talking about it?????

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:53 PM

2. ''...hoped affair would stay secret....''

- Good grief, some spymaster he was......

K&R

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:26 PM

14. If Petraeus had stayed as DCI

1. Hot sexy bored Russian housewife who's a good conversationalist just happens to move in on his street
2. His current secretary vanishes and is replaced by a curvy, sultry attache from the State Department (who just happens to be an Israeli national)
3. A charter bus carrying 20 Chinese supermodels fortuitously breaks down in front of his house...Maybe they can come in and use the phone? They would be ever so grateful...

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:03 PM

3. Doesn't everyone who cheats?

No one goes out and has a relationship and hope it gets discovered causing you to lose everything.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:24 PM

8. Yep.

They all seem to think no one will find out.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:59 PM

4. That's pretty heavy-duty lawyering up

Abbe Lowell has defended everyone from John Edwards to Jack Abramoff.

Muse has a history that goes back to the Senate Watergate Committee (as a young staff lawyer when he was just out of law school) and Iran-Contra and includes any number of Independent Counsel investigations and espionage cases.

One wonders who's paying them.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:17 PM

5. He was head of the CIA and he was thinking with his small head

seriously, if there was one man on this earth who should have known better, it was him. No further comments or I will sound like a man-hater.

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Response to condoleeza (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:20 PM

6. OK, I'll say it for you.

Betrayus is one of those macho guys who doesn't have enough blood to run a brain and an erection at the same time.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:26 PM

9. Hello, none of us do. Some of us just aren't in denial about it...

or, we have learned that fact of life the hard way. (no pun intended)

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Response to condoleeza (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:21 PM

7. And trust me,

he didn't just begin thinking this way recently.

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Response to condoleeza (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:35 PM

10. It is okay to hate individual men ..............

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:13 PM

11. Neocon think.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:28 PM

12. That's generally the thought behind an affair

 

no one thinks "gee, I hope this sex destroys my life and career. Totally worth it!"

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:50 PM

13. If the Director of the CIA can't keep an affair secret...

they might as well just post everything online.

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Response to ThoughtCriminal (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:01 PM

15. That right there could solve our deficit problem. n/t

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