Classified info on Petraeus biographer's computer not secure

Former CIA Director Gen. Davis Petraeus had an

Former CIA Director Gen. Davis Petraeus had an affair with biographer Paula Broadwell/Getty (Credit: Former CIA Director Gen. Davis Petraeus had an affair with biographer Paula Broadwell. (Getty))

A computer used by Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with CIA director Gen. 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 Wednesday.

The contents of the classified material and how Broadwell acquired it remain under investigation, said the officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to comment publicly.

But the quantity of classified material found on the computer was significant enough to warrant a continuing investigation, the officials told Reuters.

President Barack Obama told reporters Wednesday that there was no indication so far that any classified documents had been disclosed as a result of the scandal but said he will not prejudge the investigation results.

As a reserve officer in military intelligence, Broadwell - co-author of a biography on Petraeus - had security clearances that gave her access to classified material, several officials said. However, government rules require classified material to be stored in secure locations or computers.

Law enforcement officials also have said that they believe the continuing FBI probe into the matter is likely to end without criminal charges.

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