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November 9th, 2012
10:05 PM ET

Robert Baer on the FBI investigation into the extramarital affair that caused the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus

CNN contributor and former CIA operative Robert Baer spoke to Piers Morgan Friday and gave his perspective on the resignation of General David Petraeus. The now former CIA director resigned from his post earlier Friday citing an extramarital affair.

“The idea that the FBI is investigating the CIA director for a marital, extramarital affair is just extraordinary,” said Baer in response to the news that the FBI was investigating the general and the alleged individual involved with the affair, Petraeus’ biographer Paula Broadwell.

“There are 4 or 5 CIA directors that I know who were carrying on extramarital affairs while they were director. The FBI was never brought in,” said Baer. “So this is absolutely extraordinary. I’m telling you there’s more to do than with sex. There’s something going on here which I can’t explain and I think we’re going to find out very soon.”

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Baer tells Morgan that the FBI investigation into the CIA director's affairs "smacks of George Orwell."
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  1. BARBARA

    iF IT WAS ONLY AFFAIR THIS IS NOBODY BUSINESS BUT HIS WIFE AND FAMILY. HE IS NOT A PRIEST . HE DIDN'T (SO FAR) MADE ANY MISTAKE REGARDING HIS COUNTRY. HE SHOULDN'T RESIGN.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sparxe

      Im not a conservative, but the core essence of intelligence professionals would be never to be in a compromising position. They pledge to that. Bad relationships can often could be going on in business, gambling or secret society memberships. So they have to be watched. You say hes not a priest, true, But if someone man or woman wants to walk that line they should be in advertising or oil, not OUR intelligence machine.

      November 10, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve G

      As a CLEARED individual the Gen. is required to report any action that might put him in a compromised position.

      November 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve G

      Furthermore if this affair happened while he was on active duty. He should be prosecuted under the UCMJ and some of those stars ripped off his shoulders!!! It is prosecutable under article 134, but hardly ever used due to the difficulty of proving it. However he has admitted it and that makes it easier. Also, MS. Broadwell was also a reservist,.

      November 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JRX

      No he is not a priest. But it does not make it any less wrong.
      Cheating on your spouse and family is devestaing event. It will affect your family and loved ones forever.
      Just imagine if it was your spouse. There are no excuses.
      I admire him coming forward and resigning. Obviously he is an intelligent man.
      He feels what he is going through is affecting his ability to do his job. That you have to respect.

      November 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Amit Uttam

    I think it looks like she had access to classified information either through her use of laptops or other electronic devices (cell phones) that D.P. used in his day to day activities. Since she was a reporter that is a potentially serious breach. I believe the story is that the FBI was investigating the use of his classified laptop for unusual activity and ran into emails and other proof of their affair. Since she had access to classified information it was considered a security breach and a major lapse in judgment by D.P. They would have to reveal this to Congress and with the Libya hearing coming up, it was just impossible for him to keep his job. He realized it before others and did the right thing. He will have a great career in writing books and giving speeches in the future. I am sure he will shape the American discourse in the future. For now we should let him and the President have their space to continue to do the right thing.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Will

    Pier's becoming just another tabloid trying to make this into more than what it is.
    "Expert" Baer said it was "extraordinary for the BI to be investigating the CIA chief." Guess what Piers/Baer... thet were not! They were investigating Broadwell...."Paula Broadwell, is under FBI investigation for improperly trying to access his email and possibly gaining access to classified information, law enforcement officials told NBC News on Friday."
    Piers, with your conspiracy hunt, you sound like another English tabloid!

    November 10, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sanjay

      Piers is nothing more than British tabloid, why did CNN give him this job is beyond all views. Did Trump help him get this job? Piers keeps inviting Trump so often on this show. Kissing up to Trump sends nothing more than red flags!

      November 11, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Pat In SB

    Pierce, why in the world would you have someone as irrelevant as Rick Santorum on your show to comment on this topic? His lack of substance and his narrow worldview are the reasons he was eliminated from the Republican nomination. His bitterness toward Romney was palpable tonight. Santorum is a bad loser and no one wants to hears from him. I expect more from CNN. I, like many other of your viewers, picked up the remote and moved to another channel.

    November 10, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. sparxe

    Is Rober Baer Serious?

    He never heard of a CIA Director checked out by the FBI? Will somebody please tell this guy to Google a man named J Edgar Hoover.

    One other thing, this whole affair could have been tipped off by a buck private who saw something going on in a Ramada Inn, not brilliant or sophisticated sleuthing.

    November 10, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Chris

    No one cares what the media or the pundits have to say. Get over it.
    Piers how many affairs have you had?

    November 10, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • KVC

      You do realize by writing that and reading this blog you are 100% contradicting yourself. It seems people care when it is a scandal about someone they don't like but when it is a scandal about someone that they like, or that works for an administration they like, all of the sudden they don't care. World is full of hypocrites, as your post pointed out.

      November 10, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Alan

    What I'm shocked about is that Robert Baer doesn't know or remember the basics of obtaining a security clearance. There is nothing unusual in the FBI investigating a potentially compromising situation with anyone with a clearance.In fact, granting someone a security clearance starts with a personal security investigation (look it up Mr Baer).

    November 10, 2012 at 5:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • KVC

      No disrespect to you, but you are talking about the little people in the IC. The people at the top of the food chain in the intelligence community get quite a bit of flexibility. IYou seem to be confusing on group of analyst types with field types.

      The CIA and I am sure the FBI and WH were well aware of this affair before he became Director. It would have been 100% impossible for them not to know. In fact, the affair was not exactly a secret in some circles. Baer knows this and that is why he also knows there is much more to this than some affair. The Director may not have been willing to fall on the sword for the WH next week and they pushed him out, OR he was willing to fall on his sword and let the CIA take the blame, and they pushed him out. Somebody involved with Benghazi pushed him out. Probably someone at State.

      November 10, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Michael Wensink

    The FBI 'investigation' of Pretraeus shows that the FBI is an out of control abusive agency that needs to be brought to it knees. Fire Mueller and break the FBI up into several different agencies and keep only a criminal investigation function at the FBI and put all other functions under Homeland Security where they belong. Obama has the opportunity to do this after his re-election, we shall see if he has the stones to finally reel in the American Gestapo,the FBI.

    November 10, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • KVC

      There are plenty of reasons to dislike what the FBI has become BUT in this case they were doing what someone likely asked them to do. Probably someone in State or DOJ or maybe even the WH. This also could have been his own agency getting rid of him. We will find out. No way around this one. All they are doing now is buying time.

      November 10, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. kkummen

    It is time for Piers M. to go-–he is obviously having trouble finding guests of any value –who in the heck cares about santorum, ex wresters, ventura, zimmerman"s brother, no one of any substance –all has beens...... piers is NO LARRY KING!!

    November 10, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. KVC

    Mr Baer is one of the few honest people around. If he says something is not right, something is not right. The man probably has better gut instincts than 99.9% of people living on this earth. It is what kept him alive, literally. When we find out what it was, and we will, I am going to guess all of his critics here will be coming up with some other attack. There are very few coincidences in the intelligence world, and the fact that next week the Director, or should I say former director, was set to testify before Congress can only be viewed at by rational people (like Bob Baer) with concern. Does it go as high as the President, probably not, but this is Iran Contra type scandal all over again.

    November 10, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • sparxe

      Mr Baer was so wrong last night he made me laugh.
      He stated several times that no top official at CIA have ever been investigated for infidelity by the FBI. What planet is he on? Has he ever heard of J Edgar Hoover? Hoover had a file on the everyone. From my gov knowledge its a known fact that any CIA or NSA member is subject to federal scrutinty at any and all times.

      The biggest comeback to the people defending Patreus is this. If the man cant keep his own affair a secret how does he keep state secrets secure?? . Busted... goodbye

      November 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mag

      So what he had an affair ? People have affair all the time in Europe and no one goes screaming insane like the American press. Piers Morgan had affairs. So did Prince Charlie's and the list goes on.

      Lets talk about how well the president did in United States.
      Wow! Wow! Wow! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20282797

      November 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. bill

    Seems to me we had a recent President so compromised. Where was the concern for security?

    November 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Nani

    It is interesting to see how the American voters removed there blinders and voted. All the media campaign and bias by the tea Baggers did not matter. We are seeing a more involved group of Americans that sees the media as a pack of hyena's sold to the highest bidder. We will see a new change in all the local election. The American voters do not need any more spinning media. We turned VA blue.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Sabin

    West is going to lose with his witch hunt, this will be absolutely devastating to the Tea Party movement to recover for a long time. Sadly they will keep looking for dirt to haunt progress.

    November 11, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Joe in Vero Beach

    Having worked in the federal government and held the highest security clearances including SCI committe adultery was grounds to withdraw your security clearance. Why? If the individual did NOT disclose the adultery to their spouse and the agency they worked for they were subject to blackmail. Disclose the affair and disciplinary actions were of counseling as the employee could be trusted to report something that could result in blackmail and using the threat of disclosure of information that they would not do unless threatened to tell not only your spouse but your agency of the affair that you LIED about and were hiding. Security clearances are based on trust and openeness and once you cannot be trusted to divulge affairs are ground to terminate your clearances.
    Petraeus hid the affair which is against all agency poliies for haivng top level clearances. Further he leads the agency and should be setting the example of the adherence to policies and trust not be a problem. Do not forget he hid the affair which is against all agencies policies on holding top level clearances.

    IF he had come forth with the affair to both his wife and agency then I would strongly suggest he be retained and show being honest would always be what secuirty clearance are about. He did not only revealing it when he was caught by an investigation.
    Check the policies of agencies with high level clearances espeically those of the CIA SCI level. It was a insult to the agency the very director showed poor judegement, was dishonest, and was hiding an affiar.

    November 12, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jane

      Which is worse? Bush or Petrarus ? Bush lied not only to his wife about WMD he LIED to the American people and to our men and woman in uniform who returned home in body bags. Bush's war has killed millions of innocent people. This backlash will always threaten our security. Where were you when Bush lied? We still don't know the truth about 9/11
      Have you heard what Annie Machon has to say?
      Why must this witch hunt be so public when Bush got away with murder baffles me.

      November 12, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jim

    I thought that Bill Clinto set the standard for this. He didn't resign?

    November 12, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. onestarman

    Hamlet:
    Come on, sir.

    Laertes:
    Come, my lord.
    [They play and Hamlet scores a hit]

    Hamlet:
    One.

    Laertes:
    No.

    Hamlet:
    Judgment.

    Osric:
    A hit, a very palpable hit.

    Laertes:
    Well, again.

    King:
    Stay, give me drink. Hamlet, this pearl is thine,
    Here's to thy health! Give him the cup.

    Hamlet Act 5, scene 2, 280–283

    November 12, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. clarke

    Until it is found what this is really about, there is no point in speculation, IMO. Who know why the FBI got involved, we don't We have no idea what any of this is about, so like I said let us wait for the answers, Just maybe they can't or won't tell us, and they could have very good reasons for security. I do understand, people will come up with there own reasons and chew on it until the cows come home. But that doesn't make it true.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. overthehillandatthefootofthemountain

    While it is reasonable to suspect there is more to this story, and while I agree something about it does not make sense, for the life of me I can't figure out how it is a cover-up to help Obama regarding Benghazi – first of all, Petraeus, if subpoenaed can be forced to testify, and as a private citizen, actually he can be more forthcoming than as the director of the CIA. Secondly, anyone who suggests that Petraeus would fall on his sword to protect Obama shows their profound ignorance. Third, Obama can't be blackmailing Petraeus with "the affair" because THAT WAS THE STATED REASON FOR THE RESIGNATION!!! For the Obama administration to be forcing Petraeus out to protect themselves, they would have to have more serious dirt on him... so put that in your pipe and smoke it!

    November 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. lovethis US

    As long as he did not let the affair involve to any decision or the spilling of the nation's secret I think it's nobody's business. As if things like this never happened before. Stop casting the stones.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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