Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 04:34 AM PST
Petraeus-gate: It's Not About the Affair, But Leaking of the Highest Order+*
by Jesselyn Radack Follow
The bombshell resignation yesterday of David Petraeus--director of the CIA, one of the most decorated four-star generals, and one of our country's most prominent military strategists--is making headlines due to his affair (the reason he gave for his resignation) with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
But the real story is the FBI investigation that ensnared the two. The FBI does not investigate extramarital affairs, and the President does not normally express his disappointment over such things. The FBI investigation into a "potential criminal matter"--specifically, whether a computer Petraeus used had been compromised and other security concerns--lies at the heart of what is so insidious about this situation.
I represent a number of whistleblowers, including Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou, who have faced decades in jail under the Espionage Act for "leaking" supposedly-classified information. (Petraeus just praised Kiriakou's conviction because "secrecy oaths matter.") Now we have the CIA director apparently leaking classified information of the highest order to his biographer and mistress, who does not have a security clearance.
Her post today (Sunday) at the same link follows up on this.