Gen. 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 his mistress when he was director of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), the NY Times website reports today (March 3, 2015).
Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, a misdemeanor. He could be sentenced to a year in prison, but prosecutors say they will recommend a sentence of probation for two years and a $40,000 fine.
The plea deal completes a spectacular fall for Petraeus -- a retired four-star general -- who was once considered as a possible candidate for vice president or even president. He led the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was the architect of a counterinsurgency strategy that at one time seemed a model for future warfare.
His mistress, Paula Broadwell, is a former Army Reserve officer who had an affair with Petraeus in 2011, when she was interviewing him for a biography she was writing titled "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus."