By Elaine Magliaro
Ryan J. Reilly of Huffington Post reported earlier today that former military commander and CIA Director David Petraeus agreed today “to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of removing and retaining classified material, admitting to providing his mistress with that material while he headed the CIA.” Reilly said that the plea deal–the details of which were revealed in documents that were filed “in federal court in the Western District of North Carolina–means that Petraeus will likely avoid prison time.” He added that federal prosecutors “will ask for two years of probation and a $40,000 fine under the terms of the plea agreement.”
Petraeus was long believed to have given classified information to Paula Broadwell, a woman he had an affair with who also wrote a biography on the general. According to a court document laying out the factual basis for the plea agreement, Petraeus maintained eight “black books” that contained classified information, including notes from his discussions with President Barack Obama. He provided the books to Broadwell and delivered them to a residence in Washington, D.C., where she was staying in 2011.
Too bad government whistleblowers like Jeffrey Sterling and John Kiriakou weren’t accorded the same kind of plea deals. Evidently, we aren’t all equal under the law.