Military Experts Say Cal Cunningham's Adultery Poses a Blackmail Risk, Could 'Jeopardize a Unit'

Military Experts Say Cal Cunningham's Adultery Poses a Blackmail Risk, Could 'Jeopardize a Unit'


Military legal experts say Democrat North Carolina Senate candidate Army Reserve Lt. Col. Cal Cunningham’s recently-disclosed extramarital affair with a veteran’s wife poses a huge security risk because of the potential for blackmail.

Experts say that foreign intelligence services spend a lot of their time looking for compromising material on U.S. service members in hopes of being able to blackmail them for information, and Cunningham’s previously-secret extramarital affair would have put him at high risk.

Attorney and Army veteran Tod Leaven told the Citizen-Times in an interview this week that the Uniform Code of Military Justice’s (UCMJ) ban on adultery is meant to guard against service members being potentially blackmailed.

“Affairs are so sensitive, and people do really, really stupid stuff to try to hide an affair and that could just jeopardize a unit,” he told the paper.

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A retired Special Operations Command colonel who wished to speak on background

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