What, beyond evidence of at least one adulterous relationship, is there to be found among the volumes of communication and, perhaps, official—maybe even classified—documents that have become part of the Petraeus scandal? First, a distinction: there’s classified and then there’s classified. “I wouldn’t get too excited about the Paula Broadwell documents, unless we see evidence otherwise,” Jane Mayer says on this week’s Political Scene podcast. Mayer, who wrote about the leaking of national-security documents in the case of Thomas Drake, a former executive at the National Security Agency, warns us, “There are an awful lot of things that are classified that are very mundane.”
Still, something prompted David Petraeus’s resignation from his position as director of the C.I.A., right? On this week’s podcast, Steve Coll and Patrick Radden Keefe join Mayer and host Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the legal and political ramifications of the scandal being called the “love pentagon.”
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