Former CIA Director David Petraeus Pleads Guilty To Mishandling Classified Documents

DCIA David Petraeus

Former CIA Director and retired Four-Star General, David H. Petraeus, plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified materials on Tuesday morning. The plea agreement was filed March 3, in a U.S. District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina. Petraeus struck a plea deal with prosecutors, which will likely prevent him from serving any time in prison. As a result of the plea agreement, federal prosecutors are asking that Petraeus pay a 40,000 dollar fine and be placed on probation for two years. 

Petraeus shared classified information with his mistress, Paula Broadwell, while she was writing a biography of the General titled All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. The documents included journals that contained notes about official meetings, war strategy, intelligence capabilities, and the names of covert officers.

The revelation that Petraeus had an extramarital affair with Broadwell, and that he allegedly shared sensitive information with her, forced his resignation in November 2012. Petraeus stepped down as CIA Director, just three days after Barack Obama was re-elected in 2012.

The affair between Petraeus and Broadwell was uncovered, after a friend of Petraeus, Jill Kelley, began receiving anonymous e-mail threats. The FBI traced those threats back to Broadwell. Although she was not ultimately charged for the cyberstalking, the investigation led to the discovery that Petraeus had shared classified ”black book” journals with Broadwell.

During investigations, Petraeus lied to FBI investigators, denying that he still possessed classified documents and refusing to admit that he shared sensitive information with Broadwell. However, on April 5, 2013, FBI agents located the black books during a search of Petraeus’ home.

Prior to his rapid fall from grace, Petraeus was lionized by the press, and by a bipartisan coalition of war-friendly politicians. Although neither the Iraq nor Afghanistan Wars could be characterized as military successes for the United States, Petraeus was showered with accolades.
On Tuesday, Petraeus’ plea agreement serves as a reminder that while those who ascend to high-ranking positions in the U.S. military are often idolized as heroes, they are still human beings and far from infallible. Petraeus’  showed a lack of character by cheating on his wife. Furthermore, his decision to share classified information with his mistress, reveals that he is anything but a hero.

8 Replies to “Former CIA Director David Petraeus Pleads Guilty To Mishandling Classified Documents”

  1. He wasn’t that smart, or special. He was just lucky.

    WWII generals wouldn’t sit with this dipwick at mess.

  2. Talk about a slap on the wrist. $40,000 and no jail time? With that string of offenses?

    “the jury convicted Libby on four of the five counts in the indictment (one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury, and one count of making false statements) … the presiding trial judge, Reggie B. Walton, sentenced Libby to 30 months in federal prison, a fine of $250,000, and two years of supervised release, including 400 hours of community service” – wiki

    Petraeus deserves at least what Libby “earned”.

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