The scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus and the affair he had with Paula Broadwell that led to his resignation isn’t so much about national security as it is about privacy, says Rebecca MacKinnon of the New America Foundation. 

Petraeus, like many of us, could be “lulled into a false sense of privacy and security,” says MacKinnon. 

“The reality is, that if Petraeus and Broadwell had been sending letters through the U.S. post, from locations as they traveled without their return address on it to each other using pseudonyms, this never would have come to light,” she said. 

However, MacKinnon points out, there are measures that dissidents and investigative reporters use to mask users, locations and content that somehow escaped the head of the top intelligence agency in the United States.