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It's funny how almost anything that Petraeus could have done to keep this under wraps would have made it look like he was actually committing high treason and supplying national secrets to unknown foreign nationals.

Encrypted code words to burner phones, encrypted emails to unknown recipients, using non-standard apps, using non-standard phones, using multiple phones/laptops/internet connections - almost any type of non-standard communication would've looked like he was committing high treason.

Affairs are like that, huh?

What I don't understand is all the attention to technical risks of exposure. Ultimately his physical activities would surely have raised suspicion anyway? I find it hard to believe that the CIA and FBI rely solely on intercepting electronic communications to catch spies.

Intelligence officers sometimes have clandestine meetings, even in DC. Sec. Gates had at least one such meeting with then President-Elect Obama, before it was decided he would remain SecDef in the Obama administration.

As for FBI and CIA catching spies, I point to Robert Hanssen, who was brought down by his own arrogance. As ironic as it sounds, he was brought down by a system he devised while working counter-intelligence at the FBI. Hanssen came up with a system for ranking foreign operatives by what they have access to, not by their rank. When they were searching for the KGB mole, they checked who could have accessed the compromised reports. In some cases it was actually a small number of people had the access, including Hanssen.

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