Lara Logan: 6 Big Revelations From New York Magazine’s Expose

The expose details several instances in which Logan defied orders from her superiors that potentially put her in harm’s way.
Eleven years ago, CBS banned the 60 Minutes correspondent from covering the invasion of Iraq because of the dangers of the “shock and awe” bombing campaign, but she went anyway. (She’d been smuggled across the border by two “Iraqi fixers.”) She also “often flouted traditional Islamic dress codes,” wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt at an Afghan election rally at which she drew jeers and had to “battle” her way to safety with her crew. Eventually, CBS News’ cameramen in London refused to work with her on fears she was “going to get somebody killed,” a CBS exec says. She later made headlines after being assaulted in Cairo by a mob of men who ripped off her clothes and groped her.
She became a tabloid sensation after London papers published pictures of her in a swimsuit and dubbed her “34D Lara.” New York Magazine also claims she gave exclusives to papers like The Mirror, including one reading: “Here’s a sight that would stop the Taliban in its tracks. War reporter Lara Logan relaxes on a deck chair in a sizzling swimsuit.” She also reportedly once admitted to telling a photographer about her lingerie hanging on a laundry line. “Men play on the military thing, they play on the macho thing, they play on the brotherhood thing,” she once said. “No one accuses them of using gender to their advantage. The fact is that sometimes being a woman can open doors for you, but more often than not it makes things more difficult.” Logan, who reportedly once showed up to work in a black bustier, also drew attention from the troops: A list of top 10 reasons to be deployed in Iraq was circulated among soldiers that included “Lara Logan in a T-shirt.” And Gen. David Petraeus apparently had a picture of her in his office.

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