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BY CHRISTIAN BRYANT

Former CIA Director David Petraeus closed the chapter on his intelligence career Friday after admitting to an extramarital affair. CNN reports an ongoing investigation by the FBI uncovered the intelligence director’s affair with his biographer — Paula Broadwell — and why it was a matter of interest.

“They had been looking into it not so much to look to David Petraeus for wrongdoing or prosecution, but more to see if there were any potential security risks.”

The New Yorker’s Amy Davidson speculates as to what those security risks might have been.

“In addition to the blackmail issue, one imagines that he will at least be asked about where he might have been with classified material. Did he give answers in the course of security-clearance checks that turned out to be lies? Was someone trying to destroy him?”

David Halperin told MSNBC mounting scrutiny from the September 11 Benghazi attack also might have played a significant part in Petraeus’ resignation.

“There’s no question that the political pressure on the state department, on the White House over the facts and circumstances over the tragedy in Benghazi was creating tension.”

Fox News contributor Catherine Herridge said that tension grew over the past few weeks because of confusion between lawmakers and the CIA as to what happened in Benghazi.  As Herridge reports, the division on the issue put more pressure on Petraeus and the CIA.

“This disconnect really upset lawmakers who felt that there was other intelligence pointing to a terrorist attack, though General Petraeus seemed to downplay that in his briefing.”

Besides asking “why,” many have been asking the question “why now?”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told NBC News she regrets Petraeus’ departure and said the former director will not need to testify at hearings she is chairing next week into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Politico reports acting CIA Director Mike Morell will testify at the hearing Thursday in place of Petraeus and could be named the new director of the agency.

Questions Arise After Petraeus’ Resignation

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Nov 9, 2012

Questions Arise After Petraeus’ Resignation

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY CHRISTIAN BRYANT

Former CIA Director David Petraeus closed the chapter on his intelligence career Friday after admitting to an extramarital affair. CNN reports an ongoing investigation by the FBI uncovered the intelligence director’s affair with his biographer — Paula Broadwell — and why it was a matter of interest.

“They had been looking into it not so much to look to David Petraeus for wrongdoing or prosecution, but more to see if there were any potential security risks.”

The New Yorker’s Amy Davidson speculates as to what those security risks might have been.

“In addition to the blackmail issue, one imagines that he will at least be asked about where he might have been with classified material. Did he give answers in the course of security-clearance checks that turned out to be lies? Was someone trying to destroy him?”

David Halperin told MSNBC mounting scrutiny from the September 11 Benghazi attack also might have played a significant part in Petraeus’ resignation.

“There’s no question that the political pressure on the state department, on the White House over the facts and circumstances over the tragedy in Benghazi was creating tension.”

Fox News contributor Catherine Herridge said that tension grew over the past few weeks because of confusion between lawmakers and the CIA as to what happened in Benghazi.  As Herridge reports, the division on the issue put more pressure on Petraeus and the CIA.

“This disconnect really upset lawmakers who felt that there was other intelligence pointing to a terrorist attack, though General Petraeus seemed to downplay that in his briefing.”

Besides asking “why,” many have been asking the question “why now?”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told NBC News she regrets Petraeus’ departure and said the former director will not need to testify at hearings she is chairing next week into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Politico reports acting CIA Director Mike Morell will testify at the hearing Thursday in place of Petraeus and could be named the new director of the agency.

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