* Petraeus says resigned CIA post over affair, not Benghazi
* No classified CIA documents on Broadwell's computer
By Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON, Nov 15 In his first public remarks
since resigning as CIA director last Friday over an extramarital
affair, retired General David Petraeus said he did not share any
classified documents with his mistress and biographer, Paula
Petraeus also told a reporter for the HLN television network
that it was the affair, not any questions over the CIA's role
during the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic
mission in Benghazi, Libya, that prompted him to step down.
Reuters reported on Wednesday that investigators found
substantial classified information on a computer used by
Broadwell. According to law enforcement and national security
sources, investigators are examining whether the information
should have been stored under more secure conditions.
Despite Petraeus' comments to the network, investigators on
Thursday said they had not ruled out the possibility that
Petraeus passed on classified material to Broadwell. They spoke
on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing law enforcement
Broadwell, who has not been charged with any wrongdoing, has
made no public comment since the scandal erupted last week.
The developments underscored a central question hanging over
a scandal that has led to the downfall of one of the United
States' most respected public figures: whether a private
indiscretion put national security at risk.
President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that there was no
indication so far that any classified information had been
disclosed as a result of the affair.
Sources who have been briefed on the investigation said on
Thursday that none of the classified material found on
Broadwell's computer came from the CIA. The material, they said,
appeared dated and pre-dates the start of Petraeus' tenure at
the spy agency in September 2011.
As an Army reserve officer involved in military
intelligence, Broadwell had a security clearance that allowed
her to handle sensitive documents. With Broadwell's consent, the
FBI searched her Charlotte, North Carolina, house on Monday
Broadwell's security clearance has now been suspended, and
she could have it revoked and face harsher penalties if its
found she mishandled classified data.
Law enforcement officials have said that they believe the
investigation is likely to end without criminal charges.
The scandal this week also ensnared the commander of U.S.
and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Marine General John Allen.
Allen has pledged to resolve questions surrounding what
officials have called his inappropriate email communications
with Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, who is also at the center of
the Petraeus case.
Last spring, Kelley informed the FBI of harassing emails
that were ultimately determined to have come from Broadwell. A
subsequent FBI investigation uncovered Broadwell's affair with
Traveling in Bangkok, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he
knew of no other military officials who have been drawn into the
investigation. He acknowledged that further revelations were
Petraeus is due to face lawmakers on Friday who are
examining the September attacks in Benghazi that caused the
death of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. The
attack has turned into a flash point between Obama and
Republicans who accuse his administration of misleading the
public in the days following the attack.