Did The Husband Of Petraeus' Mistress Write To The NYT About Affair?

4798 An anonymous letter that ran in the New York Times' "Ethicist" advice column on July 13 has sparked speculation that Paula Broadwell's husband, Scott, knew about her affair with former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus.

Paula Broadwell's husband, Scott, is rumored to have written a letter to the NYT about his wife's affair with Gen. David Petraeus.
The reader, whose name was withheld, wrote to the column's author, Chuck Klosterman, for advice about his wife's affair with a "government executive," whose "role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership." The reader explained that he has watched the affair intensify over the last year, but added that he respected his wife's lover and believed he was the right man for the high-powered job he held.

His problem was that he believed that exposing the affair would "create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort." He asked if he should acknowledge the affair, or suffer in silence to ensure the project he was passionate about succeeded.

UPDATE: New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren dismissed speculation that Broadwell's husband wrote the letter in a tweet on Saturday, writing:

 
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This  column  (2nd Q) is NOT about the Petraeus affair, based on our factchecking. Strange, I know

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The letter was first dug up by CNBC's Herb Greenberg, shortly after news broke that Petraeus was resigning from his position at the CIA, because of his affair with his biographer.

Many have already pointed out that it could be a coincidence -- as Slate's Allison Benedikt noted, What "government executive" is not having an affair with some guy's wife? -- but the details of the letter, including the description of his wife's lover's job, seemed too perfect for people not to make the connection.


Source: Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus
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