Petraeus Strikes Plea Deal Over Leaking Classified Data

“David Petraeus, the best-known military commander of his generation, has reached a plea deal with the Justice Department and admitted providing his highly classified journals to a mistress when he was the director of the C.I.A,” the New York Times reports.

“Mr. Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, a misdemeanor. He is eligible for up to one year in prison but prosecutors will recommend two years of probation and a $40,000 fine.”

Politico: “The deal struck between Petraeus and the Justice Department would save Petraeus from the scrutiny of a public trial where details of his personal life and affair would be made public. He remains married to Holly Petraeus.”

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  • Flash Man

    This guy, a former CIA director and general in charge of our forces in Iraq, gets probation while John Kiriakou, Stephen Kim, and Bradley Manning are serving jail terms for lesser offenses from much lower than this. Ridiculous double-standard – whistelblowers go to jail, connected insiders who passed intelligence to their mistress? Not so much.

    • JavaMan

      # You talk about guns like I ain’t got one
      # What — You think I sold ’em all?

      – Dr. Dre, “Forgot About Dre”

      David Petraeus knows where, ahem, more than a few bodies are buried within the deep state bureaucracy and the intelligence/defense community. Well beyond what was ever discussed during this trial, I am certain. I can’t think of a more likely person to get a sweetheart plea deal from the DOJ this side of J. Edgar Hoover.

      • LarryMcD

        Small correction. There was no trial. Otherwise I suspect you’re absolutely right.

    • terjeanderson

      That’s, sadly, how power works.

      Although my understanding is that the prosecution of Petraeus was made more difficult by some issues with the level of actual evidence that existed – making a plea the easier option than an iffy criminal prosecution.

      BTW — Her name is Chelsea Manning now, not Bradley.

      • Flash Man

        right … I keep forgetting about that.

    • What Chelsea Manning did is not comprobable to Petraeus lying to FBI agents about sending classified information To his mistress.. Manning leaked the entire info from a medium to low level network. Besides Manning faced the USMJ, which isn’t known for plea bargaining..

      • Flash Man

        I would argue what Patreaus did is worse than Manning. Manning was very young and really had his conscience turned inside out by what he was doing, and what he uncovered and showed the world needed to be seen.

        Patreaus is a former general and CIA director, he was showing off for his mistress. Manning acted in a panic of conscience, Patreaus knew better and did it anyways because he wanted to keep getting laid. Pathetic.

        This Justice Department has used the Espionage Act more than any other admin combined since Wilson. I know Obama is popular here, but his DOJ has worked harder and preventing whistleblowers than any on record, yet this guy (who probably doesn’t even support Obama) gets off with a slap on the wrist.

        • zola98

          Agree, I find this outrageous. The guy is a traitor and gets a slap on the wrist and a fine of $40K? WTH.

        • Chelsea Manning did a bit more than act on her conscience. She downloaded and leaked an entire computer network. The network had 800k registered users, it was low level to medium security. However groups like the Taliban combed through the State Department files to kill anyone who helped the Americans, and NGO officials in Afghanistan.. It was not an act of conscious, it was reckless..

          Chelsea Manning wasn’t a whistleblower, she was a reckless youth, who was resentful in how she was treated and demoted in the US Military. Has she been through hell? Yes, she has been hell. Was she punished severely? Yes, she was punished pretty harshly for releasing all the files on a low level network to the public… However, she release hundred of thousand of reports that have nothing to do with “Whistleblowing”

          The Espionage Act has no connection to Chelsea Manning. She dealt with a more draconian Court and a worse prison system, the UCMJ, and Dept. of Defense Leavenworth Prison with no air conditioning,. Two of the people you mentioned John Kiriakou and Stephen Kim made plea deals that weren’t connected to the Espionage Act…

          If you want to harp on the Federal Government, it is the incredible power that the DOJ has in criminal indictments and prosecution tools, from FISA Court limp celery safeguards, to getting charges thrown at a defendent or attorney for questioning some wide array search warrants.

          This forum isn’t an Obama lovefest, it tries to argue the facts. Diversity of opinions are important, and I think the motto is we will agree to disagree, and don’t try to take things personally…I may not agree with you, but I respect on how you put together your arguments..

  • JavaMan

    I wonder if MoveOn.org’s PAC will trumpet some vindication for that ad 8 years ago.

  • LarryMcD

    Soooooo…. two years “probation” to be sure he doesn’t do it again?