CIA Opens Own Inquiry Into Conduct of Petraeus

Wants to be sure he didn't misuse assets
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2012 7:04 PM CST
Updated Nov 16, 2012 2:00 AM CST
Gen. David Petraeus in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

(Newser) – The CIA announced yesterday that it is opening its own investigation into the conduct of former chief David Petraeus, and sources tell the New York Times the investigation will center around whether Petraeus misused any CIA assets—from security details to private jets—to carry out his affair with Paula Broadwell. The CIA itself didn't shed much light into the scope of the probe, reports McClatchy. "At the CIA we are constantly reviewing our performance," said a spokesperson. "If there are lessons to be learned from this case we’ll use them to improve. But we’re not getting ahead of ourselves; an investigation is exploratory and doesn’t presuppose any particular outcome.”

Meanwhile, sources tell Reuters that the classified information held by Paula Broadwell predated her relationship with Petraeus, backing up his assertion that he divulged none and that their affair did not put national security at risk. Eric Holder announced yesterday that the FBI probe that originally uncovered the affair found that Petraeus and Broadwell did not violate national security in their email exchanges. Petraeus is set to testify before a Congressional committee today on the Benghazi attack that killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens. (Read more David Petraeus stories.)

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