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General Petraeus affair raises deep personal and public questions

CIA Director David Petraeus has resigned over an extra-marital affair, reportedly with his biographer. How did the FBI learn that his personal e-mail account had been hacked? What happens to the spy agency now, under fire for its handling of the terrorist attack at Benghazi?

Holly Petraeus holds the family Bible as her husband David Petraeus is sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden as CIA Director at the White House in Sept. 2011.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

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The news that shocked Washington this week – the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus because of an extra-marital affair – leaves a string of unanswered questions.

How and why was the FBI led to investigate suspicions that Gen. Petraeus’s personal e-mail account had been hacked? Did someone in the CIA opposed to his leadership methods tip off the FBI, as one conspiracy theory alleges?

How did the woman widely reported to have been involved in the affair become so close to the nation’s spymaster? Did she have access to Petraeus’s Gmail account, and were any national secrets compromised?

What happens to the agency now, and will Petraeus testify to Congress this coming week about the CIA’s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American personnel – including two former Navy SEALs working as CIA contract employees?


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