No breach in national security due to Petraeus scandal: Obama

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 02:49 hrs

Washington: US President Barack Obama today said that there has been no breach in the national security due to the scandal that forced CIA Director Gen David Petraeus to quit because of an extra-marital affair.

Making his first public comment on the scandal, Obama said, "I have no evidence at this point from what I've seen that classified information was disclosed that in any way would have had a negative impact on our national security."

"Obviously, there's an ongoing investigation. I don't want to comment on the specifics of the investigation," Obama said in response to a question if there was any breach of national security due to the scandal.

60-year-old Patraeus quit as CIA chief after enforcement agencies identified Jill Kelley, 37, as the woman whose report of harassing e-mails eventually exposed an extramarital affair between Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, a former Army officer who wrote a biography of the retired four-star general.

Obama said the FBI has its own protocols in terms of how they proceed.

"I am gonna let (Mitchell) Mueller (acting CIA director) and others examine those protocols and make some statements to the public generally," he said. (more)

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