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Bill Young on Petraeus scandal: 'It might go far deeper than we think'

U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young remains concerned about a national security breach after receiving a classified briefing on the events leading to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus.

"I still don't know where this goes. I have a concern that it might go far deeper than we think. Not the personal issue but the issue as it relates to intelligence and national defense," Young said, explaining his thinking was based on conversations in recent days and the large amount of email Paula Broadwell apparently obtained through her extramarital affair with Petraeus.

"I tend to be overly cautious on national security issues," added Young, who was elected last Tuesday to a 22nd term and chairs the defense appropriations subcommittee. "But I am still concerned that there may be more to this."

The Pinellas County lawmaker revealed little about his meeting Tuesday with Acting CIA Director Michael Morell, saying it was classified.

Young said he thinks he may have met Jill Kelley, the Tampa woman who received the threatening emails from Broadwell that broke open the affair, but only in passing.

Asked if there was a culture within the military that permits the behavior being exposed by the scandal, Young said: "They discussed it with me, but they suggested I not discuss it publicly."

Young has a deep connection with the military and knows Petraeus well. "I am very, very sorry for him. He is an outstanding patriot. He has served this country so well. In fact, at one point, there were an awful lot of us in Congress trying to persuade him to be a candidate for president."

He said it was "appropriate" that Petraeus offered his resignation.

"He made a comment that I think will eventually become public. ... It was a profound statement about where he is and ... well, I don't know how to put this. It doesn't affect national security. ... It was about himself, his responsibilities."