Gen. David Petraeus spoke off-the-air with CNN’s Kyra Phillips.
“In our first conversation, he had told me he had engaged in something dishonorable. He sought to do the honorable thing in response — and that was to come forward,” she said, according to a transcript from HLN TV. “He was very clear that he screwed up terribly — it was all his fault — even that he felt fortunate to have a wife who is far better than he deserves.”
Petraeus also told Phillips he didn’t leak any classified documents to Paula Broadwell, his ex-mistress who allegedly became the subject of an FBI probe when threatening emails, sent to a friend of Petraeus’s, were traced back to her.
“He insisted to me that he has never passed classified information to Paula Broadwell,” Phillips said, according to CNN. “He said this has nothing to do with Benghazi, and he wants to testify. He will testify.”