Petraeus pleads; gets $100K fine, avoids jail

Petraeus pleads; gets $100K fine, avoids jail

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced David H. Petraeus, a former C.I.A director and the highest-profile general from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to two years’ probation and fined him $100,000 for providing classified information to a mistress.

The ruling was a particularly disappointing result for F.B.I. officials, who said that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., had given Mr. Petraeus preferential treatment in agreeing to recommend probation instead of prison time.

Although the judge overseeing the case, David C. Keesler, agreed with the probation recommendation, he added $60,000 to the government’s suggested fine of $40,000. In response to questions from Judge Keesler about the fine, federal prosecutors and Mr. Petraeus’ lawyers could not explain how they determined the initial figure. …

[W]ithout a deal, the Justice Department would have faced the prospect of going to trial against a decorated war hero over a disclosure of secrets that President Obama himself said did not harm national security. Plus, a trial would require the government to reveal some of the classified information.

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