Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta reviews an honor guard during an arrival ceremony prior to meetings with Thai Minister of Defense Sukampol Suwannathat on Thursday Nov. 15, 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)
BANGKOK -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he knows of no
other senior U.S. military officers being linked to the David Petraeus
investigation that has ensnared the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan,
Gen. John Allen.
Speaking at a Bangkok news conference Thursday, Panetta said he retains confidence in Allen.
declined to describe the nature of the e-mails and other correspondence
between Allen and Florida socialite Jill Kelley, which others have
called flirtatious and possibly problematic.
The defense chief
says he wants to be careful with his words in order not to jeopardize
the Pentagon inspector general investigation he ordered Monday.
also told reporters that he could not rule out that the Taliban in
Afghanistan might try to use Petraeus' admission of an extramarital
affair for propaganda purposes.