questions arising

I see from the BBC website that “CIA director David Petraeus has resigned from his post, admitting he had an extra-marital affair.”

“Unnamed officials” say the affair was with his biographer, who is described in the article as having spent months “embedded alongside the then-general in Afghanistan while researching her 2011 book, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.”

Leaving aside that use of the verb “embed”, I think the story raises a few questions:

Did she include details of the affair in the biography? If not, can we trust the accuracy of anything else in the book?

Between a biographer and their subject, is there not a “power-relationship”? After all, she could make him look better or worse depending on how she expressed the information? Was he coerced?

She, too, was married. Is she going to resign as a biographer? (It seems to me that the affair impinges more directly on her work than on his.)

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