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Did CIA Ask FBI To Investigate Outsider David Petraeus? VIDEO


You've probably heard by now that CIA director David Petraeus resigned yesterday after an FBI investigation into his biographer, Paula Broadwell, revealed the general had an extramarital affair.

Rachel Maddow of course discussed this last night, bringing on both the reporter who broke the story, Andrea Mitchell, and NBC News' Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel to discuss the fallout.

One interesting thing Engel passed on is the way one former and one current CIA employee explained the agency's feelings toward outsider Petraeus, the four-star general who commanded our forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how those feelings may have impacted this story: they would have had to bring the FBI in to investigate Broadwell and Petraeus.

"[Petraeus] actually wasn't very popular in certain circles inside the CIA," said Engel, before explaining that people really didn't like the general. "The CIA is a bit of an old fashioned club. They like it if you come up the ranks."

"One person at the CIA and one person formerly at the CIA put it to me this way, 'The CIA would have to ask the FBI to look into emails that were suspicious'," he says toward the end of the video AFTER THE JUMP.

So, was the CIA outsourcing its investigation to get Petraeus out, or is this, as some on the right suggest, a huge conspiracy so that Petraeus won't have to testify before Congress about the Benghazi attack that killed American Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others?

Watch Maddow and her team discuss Petraeus' resignation AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. I want to personally investigate Richard Engel.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Nov 10, 2012 8:47:24 AM

  2. Get in line,Dastius! He's ONE FABULOUS BABE!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 10, 2012 8:52:04 AM

  3. I'm not surprised that the right has such a short memory about all of the attacks during Bush II's administration.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 10, 2012 9:21:23 AM

  4. z Belgians are preparing staging of Prince Philippe Sarajevo assassination, while Israel is preparing for regional war. Regional, as China Xi Jinping survived. But it is not end of surprises.

    Yesterday original Sigumunt reappeared. While Israeli one - that committed this assassination - is hardly working in Berlin, Germany . In same time both originals, as Asterix and Obelix are helping to prepare a true Balkan pot for IDF . As they did not stopped, Sieg Hailing.


    Posted by: Pilsudski | Nov 10, 2012 10:18:48 AM

  5. I recently heard an interview on NPR with a guy that wrote a book about all the "famous" U.S. generals since WWII. The author also talked about how Petraeus was absolutely HATED by the CIA establishment and by other generals. Why? Because he wasn't a "good ol' boy" and wouldn't be part of their "good ol' boy" club and mentality. This is what happens to a relatively civilized, professional person when they try to work within a diseased, vile and downright EVIL organization like the CIA.

    Posted by: Fruit-for-Peace | Nov 10, 2012 10:29:14 AM

  6. Belonsky seem to be confused again. The FBI is the organization that would investigate possible wrongdoing at a federal agency. The CIA didn't choose to "outsource" anything.

    Posted by: 24play | Nov 10, 2012 10:51:59 AM

  7. People in MOST institutions favor those who've worked their way through the ranks WITHIN said institution, and look with suspicion on 'Outsiders' coming in and taking charge. This is not unusual or rare.

    That the president so readily accepted his resignation suggests to me it was a convenient way of getting him out, and there must have been some personal animosity involved between higher ups [including the president?] for such a publicly humiliating thing to have been allowed to occur. He wasn't just forced to quietly resign, he was publicly humiliated.

    Somebody, PLEASE tell me how this president is such a great 'Progressive'? Explain, because he's followed most of GW's policies, and made some of them even more harsh than GW. He's been extremely war-like, hasn't fulfilled the majority of his campaign promises fro 2008, operates at best from the center, has done even less than GW in regards to prosecuting Wall St insiders and the financial collapse debacle. VERY few top insiders have been prosecuted and imprisoned under this 'progressive' president, in fact he bailed them out of their loses, just like GW. What's he done, progressive-wise? Give people free cheesy phones? Give folks more food stamps? Publicly proclaim he's 'OK' with gay marriage and unions [while doing really nothing substantive besides his words]? I'd respect a true 'Progressive' whose actions matched his or her words, even though I'd personally find fault with some economic and even social policies, but this guy is a joke. And people are supposed to get all excited over him [aside from the overwhelming number of black folks who love him simply because of his skin pigmentation]? Julian Assange is right on this, Obama is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 10, 2012 11:08:05 AM

  8. General has an affair. Big deal. Did he do his job well? Yes or no. Move the main dish which is Richard Engle himself.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 10, 2012 11:36:30 AM

  9. Hey, ratbastard !

    Don't get all your feathers ruffled up, dear!

    P. himself is a war criminal!:

    Disgusting, Depraved And Illegal

    Petraeus Says Torture an Option for US

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Nov 10, 2012 11:53:39 AM

  10. Richard! Here! Look here, I'm over here!

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 10, 2012 12:05:34 PM

  11. So, he had an affair. In Canada, this would be cause for titillation, but wouldn't have anything to do with his job and certainly wouldn't get him fired. What happens in bedrooms is considered nobody's business.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Nov 10, 2012 12:17:45 PM

  12. Here we go with the asinine typically knee-jerk anti-American Canadian nationalist comments masquerading as cosmopolitan internationalist sophistication; he didn't lose his job because of an extra-marital affair, he lost it for POLITICAL reasons and intrigue. The fact he was basically publicly humiliated suggests something of a personal nature, that a powerful individual or cabal had a personal vendetta against the man.



    WTF are you babbling about? Seriously...I commented on WHY I think he was kicked out, and made NO COMMENT about what I think of the man personally. Get your head out of your arse, sunshine.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 10, 2012 12:52:39 PM

  13. Phuking Canadians on here...some of you morons really do believe the cr*p you post.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 10, 2012 12:57:48 PM

  14. The investigation was originally of Broadwell in response to a complaint of harassing emails, a complaint made by another woman. So, the FBI investigation began on its own and, at that time, had zero to do with either the CIA or Petraeus.

    Posted by: 24play | Nov 10, 2012 3:56:15 PM

  15. So Rat thinks Obama tricked Petraeus into having an affair?

    Is there nothing that Obama can't do?

    Posted by: White Man's Burden | Nov 10, 2012 6:31:44 PM

  16. The CIA is a malignant cancer in America.

    Posted by: Roger | Nov 10, 2012 9:32:38 PM

  17. Richard's mine. I love the guy. He's got that kind of handsome intelligence that I would love to have come home to me at the end of the day. Richard is among the brave....anyway. This has a Watergate hint to it. Extra marital affair? Give me a break. Hillary says she is leaving right after the inauguration. Petraeus should be forced to testify. If it weren't for tropical storms, this might have stopped Obama. He was out golfing today. Truth.

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 10, 2012 10:56:09 PM

  18. Wow. Listening to Andrea Mitchell, this really reeks like a crock. Obama is no different than any other president, Evidence of corruption and probably much we are not privy to, He has been seen crying twice. What's that about??

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 10, 2012 11:14:33 PM

  19. Ratbastard, you, along with "Jason" and "Rick", never fail to disappoint. This is not a compliment.

    Posted by: agcons | Nov 11, 2012 2:48:10 AM

  20. @ ratbastard :
    WTF are you urself babbling about? U were harping about how he was wronged for 'several hours and then some'!!
    Probably not in your unicorn and Barbie world, but if u urself "get your head out of your arse, sunshine," u might c what comes around, goes around..eventually!

    "The Culprit - Petraeus, David H.

    War Crime Charges:

    Complicity in the commission of a war crime – plunder of public and private property, failure to protect civilians.

    Oversaw the surge in Iraq and the current escalation of the war in Afghanistan

    Overall responsibility for missile attacks into Pakistan

    Responsible for the operation of torture prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Complicity in the commission of a war crime – wanton destruction of cities and villages, devastation not justified by military necessity, ill-treatment of civilian population of or in occupied territory."

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Nov 11, 2012 5:50:01 AM

  21. @White Man's Burden,

    Nice name,sunshine. Troll much?

    And where the phuk did I say Obama set Petraeus up? Do you always respond to a post you don't like with bullsh*t in attempt to put the other person on the offensive for posting stuff he didn't post?


    You're mentally ill. Take your meds.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 11, 2012 10:01:20 AM

  22. It's "rat-bastard", isn't it?

    Hmm... it's ALL in the name, I suppose.

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Nov 11, 2012 8:16:54 PM

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