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Petraeus resignation raises questions about security and the future of the C.I.A.

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CIA Director David Petraeus, testifies before the US Senate Intelligence Committee during a full committee hearing on "World Wide Threats." on January 31, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

Former C.I.A. Director David Petraeus resigned on November 9, 2012, citing an extramarital affair. The general, renowned for the counterinsurgency techniques he implemented in Iraq and Afghanistan, handed in his resignation only 15 months after President Obama appointed him to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Petraeus publicly addressed the affair after the F.B.I. notified him of an investigation into threatening emails from his biographer Paula Broadwell to a friend of the Petraeus family.

Amidst the upheaval of Petraeus’s resignation and the changes in plan for upcoming testimony about recent events in Benghazi, some members of Congress have criticized the F.B.I. for hiding the Petraeus affair for so long. Others working in the intelligence agencies and government and wonder whether Petraeus’s relationship with Broadwell caused any breaches in security.

Was it appropriate for Petraeus to have resigned over his infidelity? Was the affair a security breach? What’s next for the C.I.A.?


Tom Gjelten
, NPR Correspondent specializing in Global Security issues

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