One More Reason Petraeus Might Have Resigned
He was on the list for access to nuclear codes: Marc Ambinder
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2012 12:18 PM CST
In a file photo, Gen. David Petraeus testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(Newser) – Marc Ambinder of the The Week reports on an intriguing and little-known factor that may have contributed to David Petraeus' quick decision to resign: It seems Petraeus was on the list of people who would have access to the nation's nuclear codes should the rest of Washington be wiped out in an attack. And the people on that list are held to ultra-high standards under something called the Personnel Reliability Program. "Adultery is not a minor sin under the PRP rules," writes Ambinder.

It's all part of the nation's secret Continuity of Government plans in the wake of a catastrophe. Petraeus' "exalted" role in those plans might well have led national intelligence chief James Clapper to insist he step down as quickly as he did, writes Ambinder. Read the full post here.

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HANKHILL
Nov 17, 2012 9:12 AM CST
boy oh boy the $$$$$$#####^^%%%%**$$$$$$$ arabs won this round big time FUBO!
nick
Nov 16, 2012 4:40 PM CST
For starters, both Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy would have been toast in this political environment. Isn't it ironic that J Edgar Hoover and the FBI let them get away with their adultery?
JT119
Nov 16, 2012 3:36 PM CST
"And the people on that list are held to ultra-high standards under something called the Personnel Reliability Program." So, how come romney was in contention for the presidency? what, lying is not part of that " ULTRA-HIGH STANDARD"