Daily Archives: November 14, 2012

Gen David Petraeus and his wife Holly walk into a Senate hearing, watched by amongst others PAula Broadwell (seated). (AFP)

It’s not everyday that serious newspapers get to combine sex, spies and the military into one story. But the escalating scandal surrounding the former head of the CIA David Petraeus over his extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell and the involvement of a growing number of other people, has provided just such an opportunity.

The saga has generated the full range of commentary. The serious questions are being asked: Why is the FBI so deeply involved in what essentially appears to be an email harassment case? Why did it take so long for lawmakers to be told? What does this say about military personalities? What are the implications for US national security? 

John Aglionby

- It’s hard not to be drawn into the salacious elements of the David Petraeus resignation scandal. The Daily Telegraph’s Jon Swaine has examined the Jill Kelley and her twin sister’s financial woes. Of the more serious issues, the FT looks at the scrutiny around the FBI’s investigation and the Atlantic addresses the growing militarisation of the CIA.

- On a related theme, the BBC examines the cult of the American general

Wednesday marks the official end of the Chinese Communist party’s 18th Congress, a conclave that gathered more than 2,000 party members from across the country to select new leaders who will steer the world’s second-largest economy for the next 10 years.

 

The new members of the party’s most powerful inner circle—the Politburo Standing Committee—will be announced on Thursday and give a press conference. But what exactly has been going on inside the Great Hall of the People over the past week?