The FBI has withheld its findings about former CIA director Gen. David Petreaus' affair from the White House and congressional leaders because the agency considered them the 'result of a criminal investigation' and not an intelligence probe, US law enforcement sources have said.
Sources said that the agency's rules are designed to protect people (both private and elected officials) when negative information about them arises in the course of a criminal investigation that is not a crime.
The FBI's focus was on whether laws were broken, and if any federal cyber-harassment statutes were violated. The sources emphasized that Petraeus himself was never the focus of the investigation, nor did it turn up evidence he broke any law, ABC News reports.
Officials said that the focus was rather on his biographer, Paula Broadwell, with whom he had the affair that ended with his resignation as CIA director last week, the report said.
Because Petraeus' name was involved, criminal investigators kept an open eye for potential national security violations. They had to investigate Broadwell's background but found no evidence she was a spy, the report added.
Broadwell is accused of sending harassing emails to Petraeus' pal Jill Kelley, demanding that she stays away from the retired general.
Kelley has insisted in a statement that she only had a five-year platonic friendship with the ex-general. (ANI)