2012-11-11 04:21:30 UTC
to have a public email account like the one he had/has with Gmail.
Obviously, all that on-job training and school education failed to
provide enough smarts for him.
10 November 2012
Gmail probe led FBI to CIA chief David Petraeus's affair
BBC's Kim Ghattas: "Infidelity may be a private issue, but not when
you hold the key to the nation's secrets"
CIA director David Petraeus's extramarital affair, which forced him to
resign, was uncovered during an investigation into a potential breach
of his Gmail account, reports say.
Unnamed officials said the FBI was checking his private account when
it found Mr Petraeus was having an affair with his biographer, Paula
Mr Petraeus described his behaviour as "unacceptable" for the leader
of the nation's main intelligence agency.
President Barack Obama has praised him.
His resignation came just three days after President Obama's re-
The four-star general became CIA boss in 2011 after heading
international forces in Iraq and later in Afghanistan.
He was the highest-profile military officer of the post-9/11 years,
winning plaudits for his role running the "surge" in Iraq and
implementing a counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan.
He left his command role in Afghanistan in mid-2011, resigning from
the US Army to head the CIA after Leon Panetta became defence
'Extremely poor judgment'
Shortly after Mr Petraeus resigned, reports emerged that the FBI had
uncovered the affair during the course of an investigation into a
potential breach involving his emails.
The FBI was monitoring Mr Petraeus's email account to check whether
Mrs Broadwell had access to it, administration officials were quoted
FBI agents then met Mr Petraeus to discuss the investigation.
Announcing his decision to stand down, the former general was full of
"After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor
judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair," Mr Petraeus said in a
"Such behaviour is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader
of an organisation such as ours. This afternoon, the president
graciously accepted my resignation."
Mrs Broadwell is a Harvard University research associate and PhD
candidate at King's College, London.
She has a military background, graduating from the same West Point
Academy as Mr Petraeus. She is married to radiologist Scott Broadwell
and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
She spent months alongside the then-general in Afghanistan while
researching her 2011 book, All In: The Education of General David
Petraeus. The book was widely seen as a positive account of his
Last week Mrs Broadwell wrote a piece for Newsweek entitled General
David Petraeus's Rules for Living.
In his statement, Mr Obama said Mr Petraeus had "provided
extraordinary service to the United States for decades", citing both
his time as CIA director and as a top general.
"By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has
made our country safer and stronger."
"Going forward, my thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly
Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her
Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod said the president had not known
about the Petraeus issue during the campaign, and that the former
general had come to Mr Obama after the election to offer his
CIA deputy director Michael Morell will serve as acting director of
the agency, the White House confirmed. Eventually Mr Obama must
nominate a new director to head the agency, who will then need to be
confirmed by the Senate.
Mr Morell, who is well respected at both the White House and on
Capitol Hill, also served as acting director following the departure
of former CIA chief Leon Panetta.
He is expected to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee at
a hearing scheduled for next week on the deaths of US personnel during
an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The CIA faces a potential period of instability after Mr Petraeus'
resignation, as it also deals with a budget squeeze.