November 12, 2012
LEGALITY ISN'T THE ISSUE IN A PURITAN NATION:
Officials Say F.B.I. Knew of Petraeus Affair in the Summer (SCOTT SHANE and CHARLIE SAVAGE, 11/12/2, NY Times)
A close friend of the Petraeus family said Sunday that the intimate relationship between Mr. Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, began after he retired from the military last year and about two months after he started as C.I.A. director. It ended about four months ago, said the friend, who did not want to be identified while discussing personal matters. In a letter to the C.I.A. work force on Friday, Mr. Petraeus acknowledged having the affair. Ms. Broadwell has not responded to repeated requests for comment.Under military regulations, adultery can be a crime. At the C.I.A., it can be a security issue, since it can make an intelligence officer vulnerable to blackmail, but it is not a crime.
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 12, 2012 5:52 PM