WhoWhatWhy and WikiLeaks: Petraeus downfall began years ago

         WhoWhatWhy and WikiLeaks: Petraeus downfall began years ago

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2013

Documents show General David Petraeus may have been targeted for take-down by
competingU.S. interests years before scandal broke

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --WhoWhatWhy.com, in its first
partnership with WikiLeaks, reports exclusively today on previously unknown
documents and the deeper story they tell about the stunning downfall of former
CIA Director David Petraeus.


The combined documents and research suggest the ambitious Petraeus may have
been targeted for take-down by competing interests in the U.S.
military/intelligence hierarchy—years before his abrupt downfall last year in
a headline-making adultery scandal. The Petraeus rise was meteoric by most
standards, and he was even being named as a potential opponent of President
Obama in 2012 before the scandal destroyed his career.

Douglas Lucas and his co-author, WhoWhatWhy editor-in-chief Russ Baker,
reporting and providing analysis based on documents obtained by the
whistleblowing organization, report that nearly two years before the known
period of his extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell—and while still working
for the Pentagon—General Petraeus was accompanied to at least one of his
frequent dinners at the DC home of Abdulwahab al-Hajri, then Yemen's
ambassador to the U.S., by a woman whose very presence raised concerns.

At the time, Yemen was the subject of a raging turf battle between U.S.
government factions—a battle candidly discussed in the documents being posted
by WikiLeaks and analyzed today by www.WhoWhatWhy.com. The documents are
internal memos from the private intelligence firm Stratfor.

At issue in the turf battle was how to proceed against radical Islamists
threatening Yemen, a strategic spot in Persian Gulf shipping lanes and of
interest in regional and international energy market calculations. When the
memos were written, Stratfor was analyzing Yemen on a custom basis for the
Texas-based oil concerns National Oilwell Varco and Hunt Oil.

At the embassy dinners, confidential matters of policy were discussed. The
documents show that Yemeni diplomats in DC speculated the woman accompanying
Petraeus was his mistress, and that this information was shared with Americans
plugged into Washington security circles. Thus, it is reasonable to conclude
that Petraeus's activities in that period, and his accompaniment by a woman or
women not his wife, may have been closely monitored by rival interests.

While the documents do not reveal whether Petraeus's companion was Broadwell,
they imply either that she was, or that he may have given more women than
previously thought unusual access to sensitive policy meetings.

Whatever the particulars, the documents strongly suggest that the removal of
Director Petraeus may not have been simply a matter of an embarrassing sexual
escapade. They direct our attention to the precise role of Broadwell, to her
background as a military intelligence reservist, and to ongoing struggles for
primacy between the military and the CIA.

As the article shows, earlier reports and the current consensus on the
Petraeus-Broadwell matter do not represent the final word. What becomes clear
is the need for a journalistic commitment to long-term investigative
reporting, even after transient scandals fade from the limelight.

The full article can be found at http://www.WhoWhatWhy.com , a non-profit,
nonpartisan investigative news site.

SOURCE WhoWhatWhy.com

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