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The Petraeus double standard

The Petraeus double standard

Former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus — perhaps the most revered military commander of his generation — has agreed to a plea deal for passing highly classified material to Paula Broadwell, his biographer and erstwhile mistress. General Petraeus gave Ms. Broadwell several "black books" in which he kept information on strategy, intelligence capabilities, meetings and — most shockingly — covert identities, according to press accounts. After he allowed her to keep them unsecured for several days, he brought them to his house where he stored them in an unlocked desk drawer, even after he resigned as CIA director.

He joins a long, embarrassing line of national security...