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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 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