Demotion of US General expected as he loans classified war journals to mistress

WASHINGTON: The Daily Beast news site reported that the United States Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is considering the stripping retired General David Petraeus after he had loaned his mistress classified Afghan War journals of his four stars.

His retroactive demotion to a three star general could cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of his retirement.

He had been regularly praised for his efforts during the surge of troops in Iraq and credited for helping salvage the troubled war effort in that country.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus has reached a plea deal with prosecutors after admitting that he shared classified information with his mistress, the US Department of Justice said.

DOJ spokesman Marc Raimondi said that under the arrangement, Mr Petraeus, who is also a retired general of the US Army, should receive two year’s probation and pay a $40,000 fine. However, a judge must still accept the agreement before it becomes effective.

The DOJ said in a document filed with the court that Gen Petraeus had kept small black books, which contained classified information, while he was commanding US forces in Afghanistan.

Instead of turning them over to Department of Defense archivists, he gave those to Ms Broad well who was then writing his biography.

In a signed statement, the retired general admitted to making false statements to the FBI about providing classified information to Ms Broad well.

But the Justice Department also said that Mr Petraeus had lied to FBI agents about his relationship with her.

The FBI and US Justice Department prosecutors have recommended bringing felony charges against retired General David Petraeus for allegedly providing classified information to his former mistress while he was director of the CIA.

The probe focuses on whether Petraeus, who resigned in 2012 when the affair became public, gave Paula Broad well access to his CIA email account and other highly classified information.

FBI agents discovered classified documents on her computer after he quit, according to the Times, which said that Attorney General Eric Holder must decide whether to seek an indictment that could send Petraeus to prison.

Holder was expected to decide by the end of last year whether to bring charges against Petraeus, the newspaper said.

After the affair came to light, he voiced regret for the “pain” caused by the fling with Broad well, a counter terrorism expert and lieutenant-colonel, and pledged to try to make amendments to those he have hurt and let down.