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David Petraeus Says He Didn't Give Broadwell Classified Info: VIDEO


Speaking to the press for the first time since his affair with Paula Broadwell was revealed and he left his post as CIA director, retired Gen. David Petraeus told HLN's Kyra Phillips that he did something "dishonorable" and felt he had to step down, according to the journalist, who recounted their conversation on-air today.

Petraeus reportedly told Phillips that his resignation has nothing to do with the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, a topic on which he'll testify before the House Intelligence Committee this Friday, nor did he give Broadwell any classified information.

Here's a transcript of Phillips' conversation with colleague Robin Meade about her conversation with Petraeus:

RM: ...Did he talk about Paula Broadwell? Did she have access to information that other people did not, the public did not? Especially regarding Benghazi? I think some people feel she seemingly alluded to some information that she had in a speech recently.

KP: Correct. And I will say, Robin, he has insisted to me that he has never passed classified information to Paula Broadwell. As long as I have known him, he has never wavered on classified information, ever. And to the best of my knowledge, you know, that has always been sacrosanct. I have also never known him to tell me something that is not true, Robin.

RM: Did he say how this may relate to Behghazi? I know he has to testify this week about Benghazi and, you wonder, about the scandal too.

KP: Yes. He has said this has nothing to do with Benghazi and he wants to testify. He will testify. He has maintained to me all along this was a personal failing, Robin, which, as I said, to me was quite stunning and to many other people. He’s not the type of person that I’ve ever known to fail at anything, knowing [him] as long as I have over the years. And so he has made it very clear that this was about an extramarital affair and not over classified information or Benghazi.

Watch video of Meade and Hill's conversation AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. THIS is what I think he got fired for. Nobody gets fired for having an affair with another married person. That's a red herring. Dude is in the Pentagon! He got fired for letting secrets get out BECAUSE of a sloppy affair!

    Posted by: Lucas H | Nov 15, 2012 1:40:52 PM

  2. This is not what he got fired for. From the AP Wire:

    "On Wednesday, a New York businessman said Kelley was introduced to him at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August as someone whose friendship with Petraeus would help facilitate a no-bid deal with South Korea on a coal-gasification project. She would supposedly be in a position to help broker the billion-dollar deal directly with the Korean president, and expected a 2 percent commission, said Adam Victor, president and chief executive officer of TransGas Development Systems."

    This is why Eric Cantor said nothing when he was informed of the scandal in October. This is why the Obama administration wasn't informed until after the election. The Dems are keeping mum while they gather information and allow the Repugs to speak out in a manner that ultimately provides enough rope to hang themselves. This is a purely Republican scandal. Just wait until all the facts are revealed.

    Posted by: John in Bend | Nov 15, 2012 2:16:40 PM

  3. Military code of conduct an extra-marital affair is a punishable offense.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 15, 2012 4:38:21 PM

  4. Well, that proves how much I've been paying attention, Lol!

    Posted by: Lucas H | Nov 15, 2012 5:03:19 PM

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