19 Apr 2011

Sacked general cleared by Pentagon

1:23 pm on 19 April 2011

The United States government has cleared of wrongdoing a US general who was sacked after a magazine reported he and his staff had spoken disrespectfully about top officials.

A Pentagon report found insufficient evidence that General Stanley McChrystal, who was the top US general in Afghanistan until June, had violated US military policy.

It said events narrated in Rolling Stone magazine had not occurred as written. Rolling Stone says it stands by its article.

The BBC reports General McChrystal was replaced as head of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan by General David Petraeus.

President Barack Obama said he had failed to meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general.

General McChrystal later resigned from the Army.