sssquid says: How was it logical? That’s f#(&(@& stupid. The guy just had sex with someone else. No reason for him to lose his job. So stupid and immature.
» SFB says: You know, instead of reading way too deeply into my spare usage of a cliche, consider that he likely created a major security risk by communicating anonymously via Gmail, as the Washington Post notes:
If Petraeus allowed his Gmail security to be compromised even slightly, by widening access, sharing passwords or logging in from multiple addresses, it would have brought foreign spy agencies that much closer to a treasure trove of information. As the Wall Street Journal hints, investigators were concerned about Petraeus’s Gmail access precisely because of the history of foreign attempts to access just such accounts.
While the accounts may not have contained any personal information about him, Max Fisher notes in his report that “access to the account could have provided telling information on, for example, Petraeus’s travel schedule, his foreign contacts, even personal information about himself or other senior U.S. officials.” — Ernie @ SFB
EDIT: And here’s why Petraeus created a security risk by using Gmail in this manner.
It didn’t start with Petraeus, but in the course of the investigation they stumbled across him. We were stunned. …People think that because it’s the C.I.A. director, it must involve bigger issues. Think of a small circle of people who know each other.An anonymous Congressional official • Explaining to the New York Times, based on a briefing from the FBI, the lead-up to the bureau’s discovery of an affair between David Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The official said it was a complaint filed months ago regarding harassing emails sent to a woman (who they said to be not a government official or member of family) by Broadwell that drew the gaze of the FBI. When they ultimately gained access to her emails, some of those sent between her and Petraeus revealed they were having an affair. That in and of itself isn’t a legal issue, but the investigation ultimately raised security conerns regarding Petraeus’ email account. Petraeus resigned from his position as CIA director yesterday, citing “extremely poor judgment” in his extra-martial affair. source
My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership. (This might seem hyperbolic, but it is not an exaggeration.) I have met with him on several occasions, and he has been gracious. (I doubt if he is aware of my knowledge.) I have watched the affair intensify over the last year, and I have also benefited from his generosity. He is engaged in work that I am passionate about and is absolutely the right person for the job. I strongly feel that exposing the affair will create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort. My issue: Should I acknowledge this affair and finally force closure? Should I suffer in silence for the next year or two for a project I feel must succeed? Should I be “true to my heart” and walk away from the entire miserable situation and put the episode behind me? NAME WITHHELDAn intriguing letter received by New York Times “Ethicist” writer Chuck Klosterman back in July … which strangely, seems incredibly relevant to the current news cycle. Klosterman’s take: “The fact that you’re willing to accept your wife’s infidelity for some greater political good is beyond honorable. In fact, it’s so over-the-top honorable that I’m not sure I believe your motives are real. Part of me wonders why you’re even posing this question, particularly in a column that is printed in The New York Times.” (ht Peter Feld; edited to get in more of Klosterman’s response)
Director Petraeus feels very privileged to be able to continue to serve our country in his current position, and as he has stated clearly numerous times before, he will not seek elected office.CIA Spokesman Preston Golson • Trying to tamp down the the rumor of the day — that his boss, CIA director David Petraeus, may be sought by the Romney campaign as a VP candidate. Petraeus has been resolute in past answers regarding a turn to elected office, insisting he has no intentions to do so. If Petraeus did end up as Romney’s running-mate, though, he’d have a recent resume similar to a past, winning vice president; George H.W. Bush was CIA director years prior to his 1980 election as Ronald Reagan’s number two. source (via • follow)