Petraeus tells Congress he believed terrorists behind Libya attack, doesn't discuss affair

Kimberly Dozier, The Associated Press
November 16, 2012

WASHINGTON - A congressman says former CIA Director David Petraeus is telling lawmakers he believed all along that the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was a terrorist attack.

Petraeus was testifying Friday behind closed doors for the congressional intelligence committees. It's his first Capitol Hill appearance since resigning a week ago over an extramarital affair.

Republican Rep. Peter King tells reporters after the House hearing that Petraeus focused his remarks on Libya.

Lawmakers say Petraeus told them that CIA talking points written after the attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans referred to it as a terrorist attack. But Petraeus says that reference was removed by other federal agencies that made changes to the CIA's draft.

The attack killed the U.S. ambassador.