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FBI Deemed Petraeus Affair Part of Criminal, Not Intel Probe

Posted By admin On November 12, 2012 @ 7:10 pm In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

MARTHA RADDATZ, PIERRE THOMAS, JASON RYAN and JONATHAN KARL
ABC News [1]
November 12, 2012

The FBI withheld its findings about Gen. David Petreaus’ affair from the White House and congressional leaders because the agency considered them the result of a criminal investigation that never reached the threshold of an intelligence probe, law enforcement sources said today.

The sources said agents followed department guidelines that generally bar sharing information about developing criminal investigations. The FBI is also aware of its history under former director J. Edgar Hoover of playing politics and digging into the lives of public figures. As one official said, the rules are designed to protect people (both private and elected officials) when negative information about them arises in the course of a criminal investigation that is not a crime.

The FBI’s focus was on whether laws were broken, in this case whether federal cyber-harassment statutes were violated. The sources emphasized that Petraeus himself was never the focus of the investigation, nor did it turn up evidence he broke any law.

The focus was on his biographer, Paula Broadwell, with whom he had the affair that ended with his resignation as CIA director last week.

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[1] ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fbi-deemed-petraeus-affair-part-criminal-intel-probe/story?id=17696177#.UKGPCIfZZe5

[2] The Petraeus Affair vs. the CIA’s Long Criminal History: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-petraeus-affair-vs-the-cia%e2%80%99s-long-criminal-history.html

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[4] Petraeus hoped affair would stay secret and he could keep his job as CIA director: http://www.prisonplanet.com/petraeus-hoped-affair-would-stay-secret-and-he-could-keep-his-job-as-cia-director.html

[5] Rep. Rogers: ‘Not sure’ Obama didn’t know of Petraeus probe before election: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rep-rogers-%e2%80%98not-sure%e2%80%99-obama-didn%e2%80%99t-know-of-petraeus-probe-before-election.html

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