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November 14, 2012

President Obama: No evidence Petraueus divulged state secrets

President Obama said at his first post-reelection press conference that he's seen "no evidence at this point" that any classified information was disclosed in the affair between since-retired CIA director David Petraeus and his biographer.

He praised Petraeus for what he called an "extraordinary career" and said he'd served the U.S. "with great distinction in Iraq, in Afghanistan and as head of the CIA."

He added, that the U.S. was "safer" because of Petraeus and that "my main hope right now is that he and his family are able to move on and that this ends up being a single side-note on what has otherwise been an extraordinary career."

Members of Congress have complained that they weren't clued in to the FBI investigation into Petraues, but Obama said he'd withhold judgement as to whether he should've been told sooner.

"We don't have all the information yet," he said. "But I want to say that I have a lot of confidence generally in the FBI."


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