Obama: No Security Breaches From Petraeus Scandal

The president says he will reserve judgment until after the FBI has concluded their investigation.

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.
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The scandal that led to the ouster of David Petraeus from director of the CIA did not involve any breaches of security, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

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While speaking at a press conference in the White House East Room, Obama said the U.S. is safer because of Petraeus's work as the top commander in Afghanistan, along with his work during his tenure at the CIA.

The president added he has not yet decided whether the FBI should have alerted him earlier about the investigation.

"I have no evidence, at this point, from what I've seen, that classified information was disclosed in a way that would have a negative impact on national security," Obama said.

"Gen. Petraeus had an extraordinary career. He served this country with great distinction," he said. "By his own assessment, he did not meet the standards that he felt were necessary as director of the CIA with respect to this personal matter he is now dealing with, with his family and with his wife."

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Obama said he is withholding judgment on if he should have learned earlier about the FBI's investigation into Petraeus's improprieties. He says he will wait until after the FBI has concluded their investigation.

"We don't have all the information yet, but I want to say I have a lot of confidence, generally, in the FBI, and they have a difficult job," he said.

Paul D. Shinkman is a national security reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at pshinkman@usnews.com