At 11/11/12 07:45 AM, poxpower wrote:
"The concern was that he could potentially be blackmailed or put "in a vulnerable spot," the official said."
Man that's retarded. Why are these idiots putting ANYONE with a family in charge of anything then? Oh, maybe Michelle Obama will get cranky and withhold sex from her husband unless he gives out the launch codes to the Iranians.
Let's seriously take a step back and think about how stupid this is for 2 seconds. A man with a 37 year career in the military and in intelligence is somehow so at risk of being blackmailed by someone he had sex with that he's a threat to national security? How stupid do they think this man is? I'd be shitting my pants daily if I thought the director of the CIA was one angry vagina away from leaking all of the USA's secrets.
Well, hey, I understand that it seems like a non issue to the rest of us, but let's look at it from the perspective of the CIA. The intelligence community has to safeguard itself from counter-intelligence elements. That's why, across the board, people have had to resign for "moral" reasons. If you have access to high level intelligence there can be no leverage that anyone could hold over you. That's the reasoning behind it, as silly as it might seem in this circumstance. A top priority in intelligence is to make sure that people's loyalty is not in question and that they can't be bought or blackmailed. If you look at DoD security clearance denial appeals, you can get an idea of what they look for.
It's also worth mentioning that the UCMJ strongly frowns on Adultery.
"Adultery may also be service discrediting, even though the conduct is only indirectly or remotely prejudicial to good order and discipline. Discredit means to injure the reputation of the armed forces and includes adulterous conduct that has a tendency, because of its open or notorious nature, to bring the service into disrepute, make it subject to public ridicule, or lower it in public esteem. While adulterous conduct that is private and discreet in nature may not be service discrediting by this standard, under the circumstances, it may be determined to be conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline."
In the grand scheme of things, you're probably right that he shouldn't have to resign over this, but you'd be amazed how many careers in intel are ended over even stupider things than this.