The Straits Times
Published on Nov 15, 2012

Obama says no security threat from Petraeus scandal


WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama assured Americans on Wednesday that the sex scandal that brought down CIA chief David Petraeus and ensnared another top general has not compromised national security.

General Petraeus, the most celebrated US general of his generation credited with turning around the war in Iraq, resigned last week to pre-empt revelations of an affair with biographer Paula Broadwell, a married army reservist.

The US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is still under investigation over mails he sent a Florida socialite who blew open the affair when she complained to an FBI agent of threatening emails from Ms Broadwell.

The scandal has rocked the Washington security establishment but, beyond any personal failings it may have revealed, Mr Obama said he had seen no evidence it had harmed the security of the nation or its troops.