Petraeus Portrayed As Defense Secretary In New ‘Call Of Duty’ Video Game
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Though presently embroiled in a sex scandal that forced him to resign as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David Petraeus has not fallen from grace in the world of “Call of Duty.”
In fact, in “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” Petraeus is given a promotion to United States Secretary of Defense, according to AFP News Service.
The game is set in the near future, and features a female president not unlike current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“The move to the near future provided us with the opportunity to tell a time and generation-spanning narrative, as well as access an entirely new world of technology, weapons,” Treyarch head Mark Lamia, who oversaw development of the game for Activision, was quoted as saying to AFP.
Gaming news website Kotaku.com additionally learned that Petraeus’ role in the new “Call of Duty” game is not significant.
“Petraeus doesn’t do much in the game, and there’s no sign of Paula Broadwell,” the site noted.
News of the affair between Petraeus and biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell that ultimately led to his resignation as CIA director broke last week.
The extramarital affair between Petraeus and his biographer prompted the Federal Bureau of Investigations to look into whether national security was compromised in a months-long investigation and Congressional leaders questioned why they were left in the dark.
Broadwell first met Petraeus at Harvard University in 2006, where she was a graduate student, but their affair did not begin until November 2011. He has been married to his wife, Holly, since 1974.
According to AFP, the game hit stores Tuesday, and is presently available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. A version created especially for Nintendo’s newest Wii U gaming console will be made available later this month.
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