THE SCANDAL – NO, THIS WON'T GO AWAY – AT 9:58 A.M. ET: There are contradictory statements flying all over the place as we await Petraeus's testimony to Congress tomorrow. But this new revelation is serious, and is likely to shape at least part of the Congressional investigation:
(Reuters) - A computer used by Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with CIA Director David Petraeus led to his resignation, contained substantial classified information that should have been stored under more secure conditions, law enforcement and national security officials said on Wednesday.
The contents and amount of the classified material - and questions about how Broadwell got it - are significant enough to warrant a continuing investigation, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to comment publicly.
The details about material held by Broadwell, a reserve officer in military intelligence, emerged Wednesday as the Pentagon suspended her security clearance. There are growing concerns among military and law enforcement officials about the potential fallout from the affair between Petraeus and Broadwell, who co-authored a biography of the retired general.
Late Wednesday, the House intelligence committee announced that Petraeus would testify on Friday behind closed doors about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees were briefed Wednesday on the Petraeus matter by leaders of the FBI and CIA.
During a news conference at the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama said there was no indication so far that any classified information had been disclosed as a result of the affair.
Obama also said that for now, he would refrain from judging whether he should have been told earlier than last Wednesday about the probe involving his CIA chief, who resigned on Friday before the affair became public.
COMMENT: The president's bugout on this is so typical of him and his history. He's never around when the shooting starts. I get the feeling he's ready to throw the FBI under that big bus parked outside the White House. And the press questions asked at his news conference yesterday were pretty anemic. There are clear attempts by some elements of the amen press to protect Obama at any cost, especially in the weeks after his re-anointment at the polls.
It is up to Congress to bring out the truth. This is much more important than Watergate.
November 15, 2012