something was picked up on the govt email filtering system when they used phrase--'under the desk'. NSA thought it was referring to something underhanded /spy stuff going on under the table so they started checking up on him. Turns out it was referring to them having sex under the desk. That's how it came out. Wow!
Petraeus, who had a distinguished military career, revealed no
additional details. However, an FBI source says the investigation began
when American intelligence mistook an email Petraeus had sent to his
girlfriend as a reference to corruption.
Petraeus was commander of U.S.
Forces in Afghanistan from July 4, 2010 until July 18, 2011.
The investigation began last spring, but the FBI then pored over his emails when he was stationed in Afghanistan.
The woman who was having an affair with Petraeus is a journalist who had been writing about him.
Given his top secret clearance and the fact that Petraeus is married,
the FBI continued to investigate and intercept Petraeus’ email exchanges
with the woman. The emails include sexually explicit references to such
items as sex under a desk.
Such a relationship is a breach of top secret security requirements and could have compromised Petraeus.
At some point after Petraeus was sworn in as CIA director on Sept. 6,
2011, the woman broke up with him. However, Petraeus continued to pursue
her, sending her thousands of emails over the last several months,
raising even more questions about his judgment.
Neither Petraeus nor the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs had any immediate comment.
FBI agents on the case expected that Petraeus would be asked to resign
immediately rather than risk the possibility that he could be
blackmailed to give intelligence secrets to foreign intelligence
agencies or criminals. In addition, his pursuit of the woman could have
distracted him as the CIA was giving Congress reports on the attack on
the Benghazi consulate on Sept. 11.
The White House, with concurrence by the FBI and Justice
Department, held off on asking for Petraeus’ resignation until after the
election. His resignation occurred three days after the election,
avoiding the possibility that Obama’s ill-fated appointment of Petraeus
could become an issue in the election.
FBI agents on the case were aware that such a decision had been made to
hold off on forcing him out until after the election and were outraged.
“The decision was made to delay the resignation apparently to avoid
potential embarrassment to the president before the election,” an FBI
source says. “To leave him in such a sensitive position where he was
vulnerable to potential blackmail for months compromised our security
and is inexcusable.”
Michael Kortan, the FBI’s assistant director for public affairs, said he had no comment.
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com.
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Edited by PurpleHaze - Nov 09 2012 at 8:51pm