WASHINGTON - In response to a high volume of panicked phone calls from the general public, the CIA has published a new informational brochure entitled "How to Tell if You're Involved in the Petraeus Scandal."
The CIA rushed to produce the brochure after it became clear that as many as one in three Americans may have some involvement in the Petraeus affair.
And with the scandal widening every day, "a lot of average folks out there are worried that they might somehow be involved in it without knowing," says Carol Foyler, director of the CIA's public information office. "This booklet should clear up a lot misunderstandings."
The booklet includes a "simple, user-friendly checklist" that should help people determine whether they are at risk for being implicated in the scandal, she says.
"Have you ever met David Petraeus? Have you ever received and/or sent shirtless photos of an FBI agent? Have you ever exchanged emails with Jill Kelley? Under 5,000 pages of emails and you're probably okay, but anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 pages of emails could potentially mean you're involved in some way," she says.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said today that he expected the Petraeus scandal to wind down by early 2015 but would not commit to an official timetable.