Did Broadwell’s Husband Seek Help?

The CIA has a major PR problem, and we can’t get enough of more juicy details dribbling out from the Broadwell / Petraeus affair. Best case in a nasty PR debacle is to get all the bad news out at once. The Internet media is ravenous for details and wild with speculation. This story has ‘legs’ as they say, and it gets more salacious every day … until the next sex scandal commands the headlines.

And now The Gothamist wonders whether this anonymous letter to The New York Times “The Ethicist” columnist in July was from Broadwell’s husband. 

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?

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