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If Petraeus weren't a general, he'd have had the book thrown at him

To the editor: Having spent five years in the Army as an enlisted soldier, I can tell you that a lower ranking soldier accused of doing what retired Gen. David H. Petraeus did would have had the book thrown at him. ("A double standard on government secrets for David Petraeus," editorial, March 5) That Petraeus got off with a fine and probation for leaking classified information shows that elitism and favoritism is alive and well in Washington. The fact that Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' biographer and mistress, had security clearance is irrelevant. In military intelligence there's something called a "need to know," and it appears she was handed secrets that she...

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