I agree completely. Mind you, Petraeus did not imbibe tradecraft with his mother's milk, but even so one-time pads to conceal love notes is a bit of overkill.
What we see here is a bit of agenda peeping through. The reporter is mocking the inadequacy of communications security for two people who were apparently having an affair. This is our business precisely why? And if he had employed the full force of his agency's technical expertise in concealing the affair, would this not have been an outrageous abuse of power?
An extramarital affair in Washington, DC, possibly the first that has ever taken place there. Or not. Why is this even news? Why the sudden national focus on two bed-hopping adults? What is it serving to conceal?
Benghazi, of course. This is a smokescreen so obvious that the stink of desperation pervades it. The General has just had a taste of what happens if he talks. It's the Chicago Way.
It is our business since it leaves the man open to blackmail . The honey trap is literally one the oldest & widest used tactics for getting people to spy against/betray their country.The general was not schooled at all in even the basics of tradecraft. Surely the head of the CIA is given at least a rudimentary class on the most basic of fundamentals of the spy business.
Their level of security was perfectly adequate if the purpose was simply to conceal their affair.
The problem arose when she got paranoid about a possible rival, and then decided, tradecraft be damned, to let the cat-fight begin! Not realizing, of course, that the target of the cat fight might enlist the powers of the shirtless FBI.
It astounds me that a top West Point grad with experience in intelligence work would hit Send multiple times not considering that IP addresses and locations can be tracked and correlated with book tours and hotel stays and accesses to other accounts. LOL!