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November 10, 2012


"My Wife's Lover"

With David Petraeus stepping down as CIA Director over an extramarital affair, a reader points out a letter to The Ethicist that ran over the summer:

front111012.jpg"My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership. (This might seem hyperbolic, but it is not an exaggeration.) I have met with him on several occasions, and he has been gracious. (I doubt if he is aware of my knowledge.) I have watched the affair intensify over the last year, and I have also benefited from his generosity. He is engaged in work that I am passionate about and is absolutely the right person for the job. I strongly feel that exposing the affair will create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort. My issue: Should I acknowledge this affair and finally force closure? Should I suffer in silence for the next year or two for a project I feel must succeed? Should I be 'true to my heart' and walk away from the entire miserable situation and put the episode behind me? NAME WITHHELD "

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports a FBI investigation "uncovered e-mails describing an affair between Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, a former military officer and co-author of a glowing biography of Petraeus."












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