New York Times editor Hugo Lindgren has denied that an anonymous letter sent to paper’s magazine advice column The Ethicist over the summer is from Dr. Scott Broadwell, the spurned husband of Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus’ alleged mistress.
The possibility was raised after observers dug out the July 13 edition of Chuck Klosterman’s The Ethicist and pointed to extraordinary parallels between the letter and the now scandalous love tryst that led David Petraeus to hand in his resignation as details of the affair came to light.
But yesterday, the editor of the New York Times magazine denied that the column and the Petraeus scandal are related.
Hugo Lindgren tweeted: “This @theethicist column… is NOT about the Petraeus affair, based on our fact checking. Strange, I know.”
Writing about a deepening relationship he knew his wife was having with a “government executive” whose job “is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership” the anonymous man offers up what could be considered in hindsight as striking information.
The letter writer explains that “exposing the affair will create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort”, and asks The Ethicist whether it is OK for him to “suffer in silence for the next year or two for a project”.
Indeed, he seems pained to make it clear he believes the mission “must succeed” and wants to know if he should confront his wife in some way and ”finally force closure” or if he should “suffer in silence for the next year or two”.