By now, unless your TV, radio or computer is on the fritz, you heard that CIA Director David Petraeus resigned for diddling his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Her ironically titled book, “ALL IN,” probably should have been renamed, “ALL THE WAY IN.” But this is a sideshow.

The story is confusing and conflicting. First, we are informed that the FBI was investigating Broadwell for illegally accessing the CIA Director’s email accounts. Since she was the authorized biographer, that seems a bit strange. And how did the FBI learn that she was “illegally accessing” Petraeus’ email? That is very curious.

Second, we are told that the FBI was investigating Petraeus? For what? Leaking intel to David Ignatius? Seems very odd.

The story is circulating that the White House had this dirt on Petraeus and tried to use it to pressure him to keep mum on the Benghazi failure or take the blame. Petraeus, not willing surrender to this threat, reportedly took the pre-emptive step of outing himself and resigning.

What is the Benghazi secret the White House is trying to hide?

Was the activity at the Annex was not an authorized, covert intelligence operation? The word is circulating among retired CIA officers that it was not. Legally, the President must produce a finding to run a cover operation (please see USC › Title 50 › Chapter 15 › Subchapter III › § 413b 50 USC § 413b – Presidential approval and reporting of covert actions).

What if the White House was involved in an off-the-books operation to gather and ship weapons to Syria for the Syrian rebels and was using a foreign firm to carry out the activity under the direction of the White House? Did Petraeus know about this? Was Petraeus being asked to take responsibility for this or cover it up?

Lots of unanswered questions. But one thing is certain–the story put out today about the reason for the Petraeus resignation is not the real story.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.