Panetta was asked to explain, as a former CIA director, “why General Petraeus was forced to resign rather than a lesser punishment?”
The secretary chortled, "You got to be kidding me!”
After the audience laughter settled, he said, “You know, in this town, with that kind of email, do you think he could have survived as director of the CIA? I don't think so."
Petraeus resigned his post days after the presidential election, admitting an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Broadwell and Petraeus reportedly left draft email messages to each other on a gmail account. Broadwell was told by the federal government on Tuesday she would not face cyberstalking charges over allegedly harassing emails she sent to Jill Kelley, the Tampa woman who hosted events for military brass including Petraeus and Gen. John Allen, the Afghanistan war commander. Emails between Allen and Kelley remain under investigation by the Defense Department Inspector General.
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