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Court Toons: Online Anonymity Impossible, Even For Petraeus



The sex scandal that ended the career of CIA director Gen. David Petraeus last week began with an FBI agent in Florida investigating a case of possible cyberstalking. From there, the trail led to pseudonymous Gmail accounts, an elaborate matching game involving Internet Protocol addresses and possible requests to Google for private customer information.

At least one Gmail account was shared by Petraeus and his alleged paramour, Paula Broadwell, replicating an old email trick popularized by al-Qaida. Although much of the information regarding the case has come out since Nov. 9, one question is still unanswered: Why did the FBI get involved in a small-time cyberstalking case in Florida?

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