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Can the CIA recover from the Petraeus affair?

By James McAuley  

As the Petraeus scandal drags on, can the CIA recover? (photo: US Embassy Kabul)

The story, at least for now, is this: just two days after the presidential election, retired general David Petraeus—the most celebrated American soldier of his generation—abruptly resigned as the director of the CIA after news broke of his affair with Paula Broadwell, his biographer turned mistress.

Broadwell (described by the New York Times as “the soccer mom, married to a radiologist, who serves her family dinner by candlelight”) appears to have grown jealous,…

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