Petraeus’ Fallout for NewsBeast

Embattled CIA director was scheduled to speak at Hero Summit

The David Petraeus firestorm is having fallout in the publishing world.

Petraeus was one of the high-profile speakers originally scheduled to appear at the Newsweek Daily Beast's inaugural Hero Summit, a new confab honoring America’s military, on Wednesday night. But while the publicity firestorm surrounding a political sex scandal can be a boon for media outlets, Petraeus' resignation as CIA director has proven more complicated for the NewsBeast, which was informed by the CIA's Office of Public Affairs last week that Petraeus would “no longer be able to participate” in the event.

Luckily, there are still plenty of big figures on the agenda, including Madeleine Albright, Bono, Wolf Blitzer, former CIA Deputy Henry Crumpton, as well as a number of active and retired military personnel, like Admiral William H. McRaven (who commanded the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound). And even though she stopped investing in the publication after her husband and Newsweek benefactor Sidney Harman died, Jane Harman also is scheduled to speak.

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