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November 20, 2012

Poll: David Petraeus’ legacy remains (mostly) intact

  • 55-11 the national approval/disapproval rating of former General David Petraeus back in May, according to a Gallup poll conducted at the time.
  • 40-30 the current national approval/disapproval rating of former General David Petraeus according to a new poll from Gallup. While he lost 15 points among those who view him favorably, it doesn’t appear that the former CIA director’s recent indiscretions will shape the way he’s remembered. source
14:45 // 1 year ago
November 15, 2012
Here’s the shirtless photo of Frederick Humphries, the FBI agent who set the wheels in motion on the Petraeus thing. (The Seattle Times deserves 1000% credit for the find.) Apparently, it was a joke that he sent to his buddies. Well, that’s a lot less exciting than we expected. $20 says he’s a never-nude.

Here’s the shirtless photo of Frederick Humphries, the FBI agent who set the wheels in motion on the Petraeus thing. (The Seattle Times deserves 1000% credit for the find.) Apparently, it was a joke that he sent to his buddies. Well, that’s a lot less exciting than we expected. $20 says he’s a never-nude.

20:56 // 1 year ago
November 13, 2012
newsweek:

theessentialsofcool:

Peep the final bullet point from this week’s @Newsweek. With timing like this its a shame its stopping publication. lol #Petraeus

What you don’t even realize is that this is only half of it. That piece on those 12 rules was WRITTEN BY PETRAEUS’S MISTRESS. For real. Look.

Dear Newsweek: When you realized the weirdness of the timing of the Petraeus story mentioned above in relation to the current scandal, what was the reaction in the newsroom? Did people just look bewildered by the fact that you inadvertently became a part of the story, however small?

newsweek:

theessentialsofcool:

Peep the final bullet point from this week’s @Newsweek. With timing like this its a shame its stopping publication. lol #Petraeus

What you don’t even realize is that this is only half of it. That piece on those 12 rules was WRITTEN BY PETRAEUS’S MISTRESS. For real. Look.

Dear Newsweek: When you realized the weirdness of the timing of the Petraeus story mentioned above in relation to the current scandal, what was the reaction in the newsroom? Did people just look bewildered by the fact that you inadvertently became a part of the story, however small?

23:25 // 1 year ago
2 a.m. story idea experiment: Big Story, Interesting Font
Screw it. It’s the middle of the night. Might as well do something interesting with this crazy military scandal. Anyway: Here’s the story | Here’s the font

2 a.m. story idea experiment: Big Story, Interesting Font

Screw it. It’s the middle of the night. Might as well do something interesting with this crazy military scandal. Anyway: Here’s the story | Here’s the font

2:20 // 1 year ago
November 12, 2012

Why David Petraeus’ usage of private Gmail accounts was a security risk

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

21:30 // 1 year ago

Details: How David Petraeus got taken down by a sex scandal

  • bad David Petraeus’ alleged affair with author Paula Broadwell, which occurred after he went to the CIA, was uncovered after officials had figured out that both Broadwell and Petraeus were using private email accounts to communicate with one another. While the accounts used pseudonyms, Broadwell came under scrutiny because of threatening emails she sent to Jill Kelley, a Tampa volunteer she believed to be a romantic rival. While there was an investigation of Broadwell due to her having classified documents, they ultimately found she obtained them legally. 
  • worse Apparently, the FBI agent who tipped off the agency to the matter was taken off the case because … wait for it … he got obsessed with Kelley and sent shirtless photos of himself to her, which is an incredibly stupid idea for any FBI agent to do. The agent, who was a friend of Kelley, did tip off a member of Congress to the case, which (after other FBI agents found the tie between the person sending the emails and the person she was emailing) led to its logical conclusion — Petraeus’ resignation. source

EDIT: And here’s why Petraeus created a security risk by using Gmail in this manner.

21:15 // 1 year ago
November 10, 2012

Paula Broadwell, the biographer whose alleged affair with David Petraeus has fixed her squarely in the spotlight following his resignation, appeared on The Daily Show last January to discuss Petraeus and promote her book. 

16:51 // 1 year ago
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
14:45 // 1 year ago
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 WITHHELD
An 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)
1:32 // 1 year ago
November 9, 2012
shortformblog:

#6: Submit your letter of resignation due to an extramarital affair the same week that Newsweek runs a profile on you. (WAIT WHAT??!)
UPDATE: More details from USA Today.

According to Slate, the author of this article I screenshotted above, Paula Broadwell, was the person Petraeus had an affair with. She was also the author of a recent book about him.
Wow.

shortformblog:

#6: Submit your letter of resignation due to an extramarital affair the same week that Newsweek runs a profile on you. (WAIT WHAT??!)

UPDATE: More details from USA Today.

According to Slate, the author of this article I screenshotted above, Paula Broadwell, was the person Petraeus had an affair with. She was also the author of a recent book about him.

Wow.

17:43 // 1 year ago