So guys, did you see this? In the Washington Post today it appears that CIA director (and retired general) David Petraeus had to step down when his wing nut mistress began sending threatening letters to a woman she suspected was also an OW. The recipient (it’s unclear if she also was having an affair with Petraeus or the wing nut just thought she was) was so freaked out, she informed the FBI. The FBI traced the emails, then — spooking the spooks here! — hacked into Petraeus’ email and found out about his affair with Ms. Wing Nut.
The wing nut’s name is Paula Broadwell — Petraeus’ biographer. (What, is this a trend among OW? Rielle Hunter was also a video “biographer” of John Edwards.) Of course she’s married too, with children.
I know, big yawn, big shrug…. sex scandal in Washington. I guess what blows me away here is that it’s not your run of the mill Congressman getting blow jobs in bathroom stalls — it’s the frigging DIRECTOR of the CIA. The grand Poobah of spooks! I can’t even imagine the level of security clearance you have to have to be him. Of course, there is something fitting about the agency of espionage and secrecy being tied to an adultery scandal. Still, it’s a master stroke of narcissism.
Have you ever had a security clearance? I had one once, as a writer at the Defense Department. It was a Top Secret clearance, which meant I could work in an “open” facility where top secret documents were kept. They take ages to get, because they research everything in your life. You have to know everywhere you’ve lived, with no gaps, who your neighbors were, every time you’ve left the country, foreigners you associate with, your credit score, your love life. It’s all up for discussion.
Top Secret is actually a pretty ordinary clearance by Washington standards. A lot of people who work for defense contractors need them — but my point is — you cannot have ANYTHING in your life that someone could blackmail you with. No money troubles, no college dope smoking, and absolutely no extramarital affairs. You cannot be compromised.
So to be fucking around as the CIA director on company time using company resources — is beyond ballsy. It’s the sort of arrogance and magical thinking that only personality disorders possess.
Oh — and Broadwell! Did she really think she was SPECIAL? She needed to scare away the competition, because what? A wife wasn’t enough of an obstacle? It’s okay to fuck around on the wife… but the other other woman needs death threats?
This one is going to be interesting to watch. A good synopsis of the affair is here on the Washington Post social reader page of Facebook.