An affair to remember

  • Article by: EMILY BAZELON , Slate
  • Updated: November 14, 2012 - 6:35 PM

The David Petraeus scandal has moved on to Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan and sender of 20,000 to 30,000 pages of apparently questionable e-mails to Jill Kelley, the second woman, along with Paula Broadwell, at the center of this crazy story. I am stuck, though, on how this whole investigation got started and how it proceeded. Questions for the FBI:

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stplooklistnNov. 15, 12 5:11 AM

Isn't the CIA supposed to be expert on covert affairs?

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owatonnabillNov. 15, 12 6:26 AM

Ms. Bazelon is about a mile wide of the mark on this one. Adultery is a criminal act under the UCMJ and when the person(s) involved are of such high rank and constitute such a security risk (I'm sure ms. Broadwell and Mr. Petraeus didn't spend all their time discussing apple pie recipes) then a danger to the nation exists. This needs to be investigated thoroughly. How much the public well end up knowing--well, probably not a whole lot considering that much of the information will touch on classified or otherwise secret information, processes, etc. But this needs to be cleaned up, and quickly.

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gdombouyNov. 15, 1211:34 AM

In section 30 Emily Bazelon writes: And when Broadwell gave them her computer and they found classified material on it, they had to determine whether it cam from Petraeus. But the the Department of Justice reportedly concluded that no crime had been committed." First, it is illegal for anyone of any level of security clearance to have classified material on their personal computer. Second, if the Department of Justice concluded that no crime had been committed, US Attorney General is as competent of a lawyer as Bazelon is a journalist.

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drfranktNov. 15, 12 5:56 PM

Just throwing this out there...any chance that someone was already aware of Petrius' affair and, perhaps ordered the FBI to look into the potential for dissemination of classified information, simply because Petrius would not go along with the story of Benghazi erupting because of a YouTube video vs an Al Quida attack? You know, someone from the "most transparent" administration in history??

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