Saturday 24 February 2018

Ex-general, CIA chief gets probation and $100k fine

David Petraeus. Photo: AP
David Petraeus. Photo: AP

Mitch Weiss in Charlotte

Former CIA director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, has been sentenced to two years' probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.

The sentencing came two months after he agreed to plead guilty to a federal misdemeanour count of unauthorised removal and retention of classified material.

The plea agreement carried a possible sentence of up to a year in prison. In court papers, prosecutors recommended two years' probation and a $40,000 fine. But Judge David Kessler increased the fine to "reflect seriousness of the offence". He said Petraeus committed a "grave and uncharacteristic error in judgment".

Appearing calm and wearing a business suit, Petraeus made a brief statement before he was sentenced, apologizing "for the pain my actions have caused".

Prosecutor James Melindres said: "This is a serious criminal offence. He was entrusted with the nation's most classified secrets. The defendant betrayed that trust". Melindres says Petraeus compounded that trust by "lying to the FBI".

In a brief statement after the hearing, Petraeus said this marks the end of a two-and-a-half year ordeal, and he just wants to move on. The affair ruined the reputation of the retired general who led US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prosecutors said that while Broadwell was writing her book in 2011, Petraeus gave her eight binders of classified material he had improperly kept from his time as the top military commander in Afghanistan. Petraeus admitted having an affair with Broadwell when he resigned as CIA director.

Irish Independent

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