Panetta makes first comments on Petraeus' affair
November 12th, 2012
05:48 PM ET

Panetta makes first comments on Petraeus' affair

The network pool traveling to Australia with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta reports that Panetta commented for the first time about the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus. The comments were given during a mid-flight press conference:

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LEON PANETTA:  “First, obviously, it was a very sad situation to have a distinguished career like that end in this manner. And my heart obviously goes out to him and his family, but I think he took the right step and I think its important when you’re director of the CIA with all the challenges that face you in that position, that personal integrity comes first and foremost.”

“With regards to the future, you know, having served there the first 2 years of this administration, I think its really important to continue to have the CIA stay on track doing the job that is absolutely essential to our national security. They have very important mission focused on intelligence and intelligence operations and I think it’s very important to get someone strong and capable and dedicated to be able to continue that effort. This is a critical time to make sure that with all the threats that we’re dealing with in the world, that we maintain a strong intelligence operation.”

REPORTER QUESTION:  Any indications the Petraeus affair started while he was on active duty? Could he be prosecuted? Would that be your call? (NOTE:  CNN has learned that the affair started after Petraeus was already serving as CIA director)

PANETTA:  “You know, I don’t know the answer to that. I guess, I’m reading the papers like you are to determine just what the committees finds out, what the ultimate investigation determines on that issue. We obviously are going to watch this closely to determine just exactly when that took place. But I think right now my view is lets see what the investigation turns up and what the congress, these committees are able to determine just exactly what took place.”

REPORTER QUESTION:  As a former member of congress – do you think Capitol Hill should have been briefed sooner?

PANETTA:  “That’s another issue I think we ought to look at, because as a former director of the CIA and having working very closely with the intelligence committees, you know I believe there is a responsibility to make sure that the intelligence committees are informed of issues that could affect, you know the security of those intelligence operations.”


Filed under: CIA • Intelligence • Military • Petraeus
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  1. Michael Zibensky

    Here is what is known. The mililtary hierarchy is composed of lightweights and nitwits. What a bunch of losers.

    November 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  2. jon

    It does appear that most people commenting on this story are complete idiots.

    November 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      To Whoever you are, you are clearly very misinformed and have never served in the US Military services. Petraeus compromised himself with misconduct with a subordinate. In any of the Armed Forces, if an NCO/CPO, field grade officer, or a junior General/Flag officer conducted themselves in this manner there would be court-martial proceedings going all over the place, if for nothing else for conduct unbecoming and bringing that person's respective service branch into disrepute. He's retired from active duty now for about a year. Let's hope that Gen. Allen didn't get himself into some sort of similar situation. Personal integrity, judgment, & security are everything in the Armed Forces, especially if you have any lind of access to any type of classified material. Sign me a retired USAF NCO

      November 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  3. Hahahahahahahahhaha

    He banged a broad!!!! So what!!!!! It's not a crime. Hahahahahahahahahahaahaha

    November 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  4. over

    It'sfunny to hear these democrats- brainwashed liberals, ever since the election in which 59 voting precincts in philadelphia came out 100% Obama and 0% Romney. (not 1 vote for Romney- not a single individual). After this proof of a rigged election, all the Obama robots and media- still sit around and complain about Romney and the republicans. It's amazing to watch. Hey left wingers- Romney didnt win- your in control. Then on the other hand they, give us a line of BS that the generals were naughty, and need to be ousted- when all this is – is a political coup and consolidation of power – while they have the opportunity to do so. It's funny to listen to democrats, pretend they are worried about morality, and right and wrong- when the results benefit they'er object (consildation of power). Bill Clinton, was impeached and refused to let go the steering wheel, and is Obama's pal. So don't believe that the democrats care about- inappropriate behavior. and you news people are neglegint for not bring this point to light- and giving the democrats a smoke screen to get away with this. Your worse then the ones in power, doing it.

    5

    November 13, 2012 at 8:31 am | Reply
  5. Joseph Zrnchik

    Isn't it funny that you can lie to Congress, torture, murder, commit war crimes, drop bombs on weddings and funerals, and assassinate Americans without judicial oversight, but screw some start-struck sycophant and then they get you. By the way, if Petraeus gave Broadwell top secret info that exceeded the category of classificationfor the information that Bradley Manning gave Wikileaks, why is it that Petraeus isn't being charged with releasing classified information? Once again we see a two-tiered justice system that American will only be able to end through violent revolt and the charging of treason and the execution of our criminal elite. Petraeus allowed Iraqis to be tortured to death and then threw Lyndee England under a bus for putting dog collars on Iraqis. She killed no one, but those who tortured people to death were allowed to get away with murder. Our government is sickening.

    November 13, 2012 at 5:23 am | Reply
  6. Frank Benjamin

    Petraeus Danced with the Devil and Lost!

    Petraeus, like Romney, compromised his ethics when he was seduced by Paula Broadwell. Romney, in a much more sinister manner was seduced by the Saudis, the Carlyle Group and their American mafia, the Bush crime family.

    Romney did not need to go into the Roe v Wade issue. He scared many young, naïve American women.

    His approach re: Hispanic issues was just plain stupid. He should have just gone out to speak to Hispanic audiences, in their native tongue, and, like Obama, told them anything they wanted to hear! Instead of trying to deport them. KISS…keep it simple stupid!

    That 47% speech was stupid. You must consider that when running for public office, everything you say might be tape-recorded.

    Obama stayed stoned while at Occidental University in California and flunked out of school his second year.. Obama never attended Columbia University. The CIA arranged for Obama to get a fake Columbia Diploma. No one at Columbia ever remembers seeing him there. He is not in the Columbia yearbook. There is no Columbia transcript, as Donald Trump was trying to point out!

    The CIA helped Obama with name change and fake Selective Service and Social Security numbers. Obama could never be vetted because of these things. No legitimate law firm would hire him. Barry could not be vetted and so the corrupt US Media and the corrupt Democratic Party made him President of the US, instead!

    Romney should have attacked Obama re: his Columbia University fraud and the issue that the Saudis paid $20 million to get him into Harvard Law. That Barry is a coke head and was a former drug dealer (see his book) and never held a real job in his entire life. Except when, in 1982-1983, when he was a CIA drug mule in Pakistan.

    And that Barry is a Saudi agent, in the White House, no less! And has for four years been actively, on orders from the Saudis, trying to destroy the USA. Something the Saudis began on 911. (fifteen of the nineteen Kamikaze pilots and crew were Saudis, paid for by members of the Saudi Royal Family). All that wind, solar, ethanol, smart grid, stimulus package, electric cars, no drilling permits, no Keystone Pipeline, continued wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, etc., was just playing into the Saudi efforts to keep the USA bankrupt and dependent on Saudis oil. The Saudis are out to destroy the USA.

    The reason Romney did not attack Barry on these Saudi issues is that the Bush Crime Family, the Carlyle Group and the Saudis themselves would not allow Romney to do these things. Plus, why would you be so stupid as to have Condylessa Rice, Laura Bush and Carl Rove out campaigning for you. And have Bush puppets, Col Micheal Hayden and Judge Micheal Chertoff as your senior advisors.

    “When you dance with the devil, the devil don't change... the devil changes you.”

    America’s chances for a course direction went down the tubes when the Bush Crime Family used their pals at Diebold and ESS, in twenty states, and the corrupt, Saudi owned US media to disenfrachranchise Dr. Ron Paul during the Republican primaries. That’s when our last best hope went down the drain!

    Petraeus is the only one of the three to own up to his ethical breech. And his breech was a mosquito bite compared to the treason of Romney and, especially, Obama.

    Frank Benjamin
    Philadelphia

    November 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply

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