Report: CIA Insiders Threw Petraeus 'Under the Bus'

Monday, 12 Nov 2012 11:55 AM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Gen. David Petraeus’ secret affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell was exposed by members of his inner circle who ratted out the decorated CIA director to the FBI to save their own skins, a new report claims.

"They threw him under the bus," a law enforcement official told Murray Weiss, the criminal justice editor of DNAInfo.com.

The whistleblowers were prompted by their love of the CIA, by self-preservation and by disdain for Petraeus, according to Weiss’ sources.

“CIA employees, agents and officials who have knowledge of impropriety that could compromise the agency are subject to punishment and dismissal themselves if they fail to report it,’’ he writes.

“The whistleblowers knew the director's infidelity would eventually come out and they wanted to protect themselves.’’

One source explained: “They did not want to be quizzed afterwards on whether they had any knowledge about it, because they would then have to admit that they did.’’

“Petraeus was also said to have taken numerous freebies to attend galas and other events, including numerous ones in New York City, which the FBI saw as another potential problem for him to avoid owing any favors to outsiders or agency contractors,’’ he writes.

In addition, Petraeus requested the Army maintain a Manhattan apartment for him — shortly after his trysts with Broadwell began. But the request was ultimately rejected, Weiss reports.

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