A senior U.S. intelligence official said an extramarital affair by a CIA officer is not automatically considered a security violation.
"It depends on the circumstances," the official said.
And so in the end, the most revealing aspect of all of this may be what it indicates about the mental state of those who break rules for a living. David Petraeus lives in a world in which the end justifies the means. Soldiers go to war to kill bad guys...so that the innocent may live in peace. Spies lie, cheat and deceive...so that truth, justice and the American way may prevail. The FBI violates our privacy with warrantless wiretaps...so that we may enjoy the blessings of freedom. No wonder David Petraeus thought he could get away with it.