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People who have illicit affairs are susceptible to blackmail. It's a common way for people in important positions or with access to secure information to be compromised to enemy operatives. Similarly, having a good credit rating is important, and not gambling, because people in debt can also be desperate and vulnerable.

So I guess he should have just made his affair public?

When you're any public figure, especially the head of the CIA, it's wise to follow Seneca's advice: live in a such a way that you could tell your enemies anything you could tell your friends.

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