“My God!” Petraeus says. “This includes some very private emails. Where did you get these?”
Bashford says, “I got them from the FBI.”
Petraeus is incredulous. “The FBI?” he says. “Why in the world would the FBI …? How …?”
“Once you send an email, people with the right skillset can find them and look at them,” says Bashford grimly.
“You’re kidding!” says Petraeus. “I didn’t know that.”
“Well, we just assumed you would know it,” says the DCS. “After all, you are our ‘head spook,’ as George H.W. Bush used to say. Anyway, the FBI first thought it was all a bad joke.”
“A joke? How could this be funny?” asks the DCI.
“Paula Broadwell!“ says Bashford, emphasizing the surname. “Investigators thought it was a sort of James Bond joke name, like Pussy Galore or Dr. Holly Goodhead.Is it satire or does Ackley have a bug at CIA headquarters?