Obama says 'no evidence' of classified information breach in David Petraeus extra-marital scandal

Washington, Nov. 15 (ANI): US President Barack Obama said that he has seen no evidence that proved national security was threatened by the widening sex scandal that ensnared former CIA director David Petraeus.

Obama said that Petraeus does not appear to have leaked potentially damaging classified intelligence to his mistress.

In the President's first public intervention into the crisis gripping America's national security establishment, Obama said that there is "no evidence at this point, from what I have seen, that classified information was disclosed that would in any way have a negative impact on our national security".

Stating that Petraeus "did not meet the standards that were necessary" of America's most senior spy by engaging in an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, Obama moved to ease widespread fears that the infidelity may also have compromised secret information.

According to the Telegraph, Obama also defended the FBI's controversial decision to shield him and the public from their investigation into Petraeus until after last week's election.

"The FBI has its own protocols in terms of how it proceeds," Obama said, in a press conference at the White House, his first since winning re-election.

"We are not supposed to meddle in criminal inquiries and that has been our practice," he added, referring to himself and politically-appointed colleagues.

Obama's remarks came as Petraeus yielded to pressure from Congress and agreed to testify before two committees investigating the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

General John Allen, the second married commander involved in the Petraeus scandal, meanwhile received the backing of Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, who said he had faith in the general's ability to lead allied troops in Afghanistan, the report said.

General Allen is accused of sending "flirtatious" messages to Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite embroiled in the scandal.

Kelley's complaint about harassing emails, which allegedly turned out to be from Broadwell, prompted an FBI inquiry that unearthed the affair, it added. (ANI)


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