General Petraeus plead guilty to giving classified information to lover

Former CIA Director General David Petraeus has plead guilty to mishandling classified information. Petraeus made the deal with the Justice Department in regards to classified documents he gave to Paula Broadwell.

“The criminal information charges the defendant with one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material,” said a DOJ statement.

Petraeus resigned from the CIA in November of 2012 after a little more than a year in the position when his affair with Broadwell became public.

Broadwell had been Petraeus’ biographer and the documents she allegedly received from him were for her book.

The case alleged that Petraeus gave Broadwell eight binders of classified material in 2011 from his time as the United States’ top military commander in Afghanistan and later, he returned the binders to his house where they were eventually seized during an FBI search of his home.

The binders contained war strategies, names of covert operatives and details of Petraeus’ conversations with President Obama.

Prosecutors accused Petraeus of falsely signing a statement upon his resignation from the CIA which attested that he had no classified materials in his possession and that he lied to the FBI about having the binders.

Petraeus could face a fine of up to $50,000 or even one year in prison.

 

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