Consultant Who Brokered McChrystal's Interview Resigns

By Marc Ambinder

Duncan Boothby, the civilian Pentagon consultant who brokered Gen. Stanley McChrystal's interview with Rolling Stone, has resigned, according to two officials. 


Boothby, a one-time stage actor, has served as an image consultant to several of the Pentagon's top generals, including Gen. David Petraeus, now of Central Command, when Petraeus was attempting to sell the Iraq "surge" to the American people. 

He has been assisting McChrystal on and off for a while now and is well respected inside the Defense Department.

Boothby's billet was generated by the Pentagon, and not by McChrystal's staff directly. 

It is not clear who's been paying Boothby's "strategic communications" contract -- the Office of the Secretary of Defense? The Joint Chiefs? Centcom? The Army? 

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