Recent concerns about privacy have centered on domestic spying by government agencies.
Clemency for Edward Snowden and FBI surveillance of Americans in the ‘70s have both been in the news this week. And Sunday brought the return of Jill Kelley, the infamous air force base yenta who was the catalyst for the downfall of CIA director, Gen. David Petraeus.
Well, I was in the domestic spying business for 10 years as a gossip columnist, and let me tell you: it’s not the government you need to worry about.
It’s your friends, family and neighbors who know everything about you. And they’re the ones who sell you out.
On December 2, The New-York Historical Society’s held it’s annual History Makers Gala.
Over 500 patrons of NYHS assembled at the lavish Pierre Hotel for this year’s gala and raised a hefty $3.1 million. The lauded historical institution also toasted Roger Hertog, Trustee of the New-York Historical Society since 2003 and former Chairman of the Board from 2007 Read More
Former CIA director and tabloid star David Petraeus will be teaching at CUNY come August, according to an announcement by the school.
He will serve as a visiting professor of public policy at Macaulay Honors College, teaching young men and women about topics like civil rights, abortion, and crime.
The announcement comes only a few short months Read More
In beguiling Gen. David Petraeus, biographer Paula Broadwell joins a select group of ambitious female scribes who have run away—literally—with their subjects.
Ms. Broadwell seduced the exercise-mad general in Afghanistan when she proved she could match his six-minute miles. She sealed the deal with a finished piece of hagiography called—no snickering now—All In, which she then went on to flog in evening dresses that revealed biceps to rival Michelle Obama’s.
Ms. Broadwell is in hiding now, but she’s in good company.
Female scribes may be at a disadvantage when it comes to good assignments and pay, but they enjoy certain benefits vis-à-vis male egomaniacs.
Slate’s Fred Kaplan reports that David Petraeus resigned as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency after he had an affair with one of his biographers, author Paula Broadwell. Ms. Broadwell co-authored a glowing portrait of Mr. Petraeus titled, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.
Former four-star general and current director of the CIA David Petraeus has tendered his resignation to the president. Wire services are still sorting out the details, however NBC is reporting that Mr. Petraeus resigned due to an extramarital affair.
Before President Obama released his long-form birth certificate and Donald Trump held court in New Hampshire, the big national news this morning was that the White House would shuffle C.I.A. Director Leon Panetta into the role of Defense Secretary and replace him with General David Petraeus.
In a statement this morning, Read More
Let’s just get this out of the way: The CIA doesn’t hire working journalists. Not American ones, anyway. It stopped in 1976 after an embarrassing investigation by Sen. Frank Church (D-ID) revealed that infiltrating news teams was just one of several bad habits dating to the 1950s. But we can’t help imagining the clinking of Read More
Jamie Tarabay, the former Baghdad Bureau Chief for NPR, was stationed in Iraq in the early months of 2007 when General David Petraeus arrived to take over command of the U.S. forces there.
In the weeks and months to come, like many of her professional colleagues in the war zone, she eventually accompanied Mr. Petraeus Read More
WASHINGTON—Carl Levin just asked General David Petraeus about whether Nuri Kamal al-Maliki followed his advice in preparing military action against loyalists to Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr in his stronghold, Basra.
“I would not, no sir,” said Petraeus. When pressed, the general added, “It was not adequately planned or prepared.” Read More