With the high-profile resignation of General David Petraeus and
the new allegations concerning a U.S. commander in Afghanistan,
some are wondering what the future looks like for the CIA.
The nation's top spy shop was already under scrutiny for
unanswered questions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the
American consulate in Benghazi. But when news broke about a complex
sex scandal, some experts began expressing concerns about deeper
issues within the CIA.
Davidson, who retired from government service in 1995 after
having achieved senior intelligence service rank, says the sex
scandal and the politicization of the Benghazi attack is a bad
"It affects our ability to liaise with foreign intelligence
services if those services see that sensitive information can be
released for political purposes," he explains.
"It also affects our ability to recruit foreign assets who might
come to fear that their identities would be revealed if it turned
out to be convenient for the politicians."
Davidson, who is co-founder of the Spymasters Literary Guild
and author of Harry's Rules, believes that while the
recent actions debilitated the intelligence agency, they do not not
compare to the effect of the events following the killing of Osama
"When the administration chose to release very sensitive
information concerning the Stuxnet virus and the way SEAL Team 6
operates, and even the identity of SEAL Team 6 to score political
points -- and now when we have a situation like Benghazi, which the
Petraeus episode is serving to obscure, unfortunately we have the
administration hiding behind classification," the author submits.
"I'm not sure you can have it both ways."
Deputy Director Michael Morell has taken over as acting director
of the CIA and a potential permanent replacement of General