Aides to Gen. Stanley McChrystal say Rolling Stone magazine used off-the-record comments in an artilce that led to McChrystal's loss of command in Afghanistan.
President Barack Obama replaced McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus on Wednesday after Rolling Stone's profile of McChrystal included remarks by the general and his aides that were disparaging of the president and other administration officials.
But according to The Washington Post, the military contends the author of the story, Michael Hastings, broke certain ground rules regarding his access to McChrystal.
"Many of the sessions were off-the-record and intended to give [Hastings] a sense" of the way McChrystal's command team operated, a military official told the Post. The official also said a review of the events surrounding the Rolling Stone story had been conducted, and that there was "no evidence to suggest" that any of the "salacious political quotes" used in the story were made during on-the-record interview sessions.
Rolling Stone's executive editor, Eric Bates, insists that Hastings abided by all ground rules.
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