It is amazing how many times the reputation of General Petraeus takes a hit. This time it's a husband & wife team that works as a consultant for "free", having access to mountains of classified material, and using the contact for fund raising.
Frederick and Kimberly Kagan, a husband-and-wife team of hawkish military analysts, put their jobs at influential Washington think tanks on hold for almost a year to work for Gen. David H. Petraeus when he was the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Provided desks, e-mail accounts and top-level security clearances in Kabul, they pored through classified intelligence reports, participated in senior-level strategy sessions and probed the assessments of field officers in order to advise Petraeus about how to fight the war differently.
I'll assume that they both went through a FBI Background Investigation before being "granted" their security clearances. I know I needed a BI when I was in the service before being granted higher classifications that Confidential. Of course that was 40+ years ago before the Petraeus Era.
The pro-bono relationship, which is now being scrutinized by military lawyers, yielded valuable benefits for the general and the couple. The Kagans’ proximity to Petraeus, the country’s most-famous living general, provided an incentive for defense contractors to contribute to Kim Kagan’s think tank. For Petraeus, embracing two respected national security analysts in GOP circles helped to shore up support for the war among Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.
Lots more in the article, but my gag level is not high enough to read the entire article.