As I understand it, the “other woman” was threatened by Petraeus’ biographer. The “other woman” reported the threats to the FBI, and they followed the email trail back and discovered Petraeus’ connection. They then looked into his email to determine whether or not he had been releasing classified info to the biographer. Granted that the affair should have been caught during his background check, or as part of the periodic investigations for his security clearance, but this kind of thing is not outside the bounds of what Petraeus would be checked up on normally.
It’s the FBI’s job to do this kind of checking, particularly on a high-ranking general and later holder of the director of the country’s intelligence agency, where he is exposed to a substantial amount of high-priority intelligence on a regular basis. There has to be absolute confidence that he is not in a position to be compromised by something exactly like this affair.
Why worry about Patraeus? Obambi tells our enemies everything they want to know.
That's all well and good, but where was the FBI during Bill Clinton's 8 years in office? What background check did he ever pass? It's an absolute joke when we fire Secret Service agents for seeing prostitutes and we tell a patriot like Petraeus he has to go because of one affair, but Bill Clinton can hump any woman he wants (consensual or not), he can pardon terrorists of the FALN, he can take illegal campaign cash from China, he can sign technology waivers for China, etc.
I say RE-HIRE PETRAEUS!
There have been news reports indicating that the affair happened after he started working for the CIA. Also, Fox reported that the CIA did its own vetting, not the FBI - which is also a strange thing.
Yep. Petraeus potentially compromised national security for a taste of glory and sex. It has already ruined the rep of a very good soldier and now, apparently is going to widen to include Gen. Allen and, I’d guess, others.
The other woman reported the threats to the FBI
define what the threats were?