CIA Director Resigns Over Infidelity Scandal, Raises Security Questions Over Libya Attack
Former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus has become the latest member of a federal agency to be brought down in one swoop, thanks to a s-x scandal.
Announcing his resignation late last week, after emails sent from his mistress—biographer Paula Broadwell— to another woman, were unearthed. The incident has raised questions about top-secret government information being placed in the wrong hands, and the attack in Libya which has been a sore spot for Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton.
Further investigation from the FBI concluded that Petraeus’ personal indiscretions were not linked to the Sept. 11 attack which took the life of Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham pointed out that Petraeus was on duty at the time of the attack, thus making his part in the inquiry behind a breach of security necessary. “I don’t see how in the world you can find out what happened in Benghazi before, during and after the attack if General Petraeus doesn’t testify.”
As it turns out, Petraeus stepped down a week before he was set to testify before Congress about the violent attacks. His deputy, Mike Morell is set to take his place. Further adding to speculation behind the timing of the incident is video footage revealing that Broadwell was given information about the attack, proving that she was privy to confidential information.
The emails in question were sent to Jill Kelley in May, launching a month-long investigation into potential cyber harassment. Kelley worked as an organizer of social event for MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. and contacted the FBI about the emails. In looking into the claims, agents stumbled upon the extra marital affair leading to Petraeus’ resignation. Kelley has not gone into detail about her relationship with Petraeus but her husband said that both families have been friends for “over five years.”
Both the FBI and the Obama administration have become the subject of blame for possibly knowing about the email connection to Petraeus, as far back as late summer.
Despite landing the job to write the Petraeus autobiography, Broadwell, 37, held minimal journalistic experience, and had never penned a book. The two spent two years working very closely for interviews at Petraeus’ headquarters in Tampa, and traveled to Kabul.
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