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Pentagon clears McChrystal of any wrongdoing

A Rolling Stone article was at centre of storm in which now retired Gen McChrystal was accused of being disrespectful about top US officials.

THE PENTAGON HAS cleared retired General Stanley McChrystal of wrongdoing after Rolling Stone magazine said that he and his staff had spoken disrespectfully about top US officials.

Rolling Stone said it stood by its article, which was called The Runaway General and alleged that McChrystal spoke disrespectfully about individuals including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

But a newly-released Pentagon report found insufficient evidence that he had violated US military policy, saying “not all of the events at issue occurred as reported in the article”.

After the article was printed, Barack Obama replaced Gen McChrystal – who was head of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan – with Gen David Petraeus and said that Gen McChrystal had failed to meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general.

Gen McChrystal later resigned from the Army.

Responding on its website, Rolling Stone said the report “offers no credible source…contradicting the facts as reported in our story”.

It added: “Much of the report, in fact, confirms our reporting”.