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Obama: No evidence classified information was disclosed

President Obama praised the work of former CIA chief General David Petraeus. Speaking to reporters he said the General had served America "with great distinction" and from what he knows at "this point in the investigation", did not act in a way that compromised national security.

"I have no evidence, from this point, from what I have seen, that classified information was disclosed that would have impacted on our national security."


Obama: No evidence that Petraeus put US security at risk

President Obama has said he had seen no evidence that former CIA chief General David Petraeus compromised national security during his affair:

I have no evidence, from this point, from what I have seen, that classified information was disclosed that would have impacted on our national security.

General Petraeus served his country with great distinction. We are safer because of the work that he has done. My main hope right now is that he and his family can move on, and this ends up being a single side note on what is an otherwise extraordinary career.

British defence think tank postpones Petraeus award

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has postponed the presentation of its highest honour to General David Petraeus. A spokesman said:

General Petraeus was due to visit London this month to receive the Chesney Gold Medal award from the Royal United Services Institute for his role in devising and implementing the US counter-insurgency doctrine that was used to turn around the war in Iraq and reshape the campaign in Afghanistan.

In light of the recent events, the presentation...will now be postponed until early 2013.

David Petraeus to testify before Senate

General David Petraeus will testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee, as planned Credit: Reuters

David Petraeus will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman, told Politico:

"Mr Petraeus has indicated his willingness. He is eager to come before the committee so we will work out the details."

Mr Petraeus has not been seen since Friday, when the news of his affair with Mrs Broadwell broke.


Warning against 'leaping to conclusions' over commander

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta warned against "leaping to any conclusions" about the country's top commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen.

No one should leap to any conclusions here. General Allen is doing an excellent job at ISAF, in leading those forces. He certainly has my continued confidence to lead our forces.

President Obama 'thinks very highly of General Allen'

President Obama has "faith" in General John Allen, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, the White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

General Allen is under investigation for what the Pentagon described as "inappropriate communications" with the women whose complaint to the FBI led to the scandal involving General David Petraeus's affair.

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