David Petraeus has been slapped with a $100,000 fine for disclosing classified information to his biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell today. The former head of the CIA was also given two years’ probation by a federal judge. Judge David Kessler said he increased the fine from the government recommended $40,000 to “reflect the seriousness of the offense,” according to NPR.
Petraeus, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, grew closer to Broadwell when she started working on his biography, All In: The Education of David Petraeus. Jill Kelley, a socialite and family friend of the Petraeus’ reported receiving harassing e-mails in 2012, which were later traced to Broadwell’s account. This brought the affair to light as the account holder was also found to be exchanging intimate emails with Petraeus. After resigning from the CIA in Nov. 2012, Petraeus had signed a form stating that he had no more classified material, until an FBI operation in early 2013 found eight binders of classified information at his Arlington home.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. agreed to spare jail time for Petraeus because he agreed to a plea deal. This move has angered many FBI officials and prosecutors, who accused Holder of being preferential in his treatment of Petraeus, who has also been advising the White House on its Iraq strategy.
By Anugya Chitransh
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