Former CIA director and retired four-star Army General David Petraeus was sentenced on Thursday to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for leaking classified information to his biographer Paula Broadwell, with whom he had an extramarital affair.
In an effort to avoid a trial that would have revealed potentially embarrassing information about his affair with Broadwell, Petraeus agreed to plead guilty to the charges, even though in 2012 he denied giving any classified military secrets to Broadwell.
A 2012 FBI investigation revealed that Broadwell had a “significant number of documents” that were taken from government buildings. Broadwell’s book, All In: The Education of David Petraeus, was published that same year. In January, the FBI and the Department of Justice recommended felony charges for what they called a “significant security breach.”
In light of that recommendation, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) expressed doubt that charging Petraeus would result in anything positive. “This man has suffered enough in my view,” she said on CNN’s State of the Union on January 11th. “People aren’t perfect. He made a mistake. He lost his job as CIA director because of it. How much do you want to punish somebody?”
Petraeus’ sterling career was essentially tarnished when he resigned from his post as CIA director in November 2012 after admitting to an affair with Broadwell. He was instrumental in orchestrating the 2007 surge in Iraq, which many credit with having reclaimed the U.S.’s war effort. Petraeus was also floated as a possible presidential candidate in 2012.
The $100,000 fine is more than double the $40,000 that was initially recommended by prosecutors.
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