Petraeus to admit documents charge

Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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Former CIA director David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials, the US department of justice said.

A plea agreement has been filed in US District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina, a justice department statement says.

The former top army general was charged with one count of unauthorised removal and retention of classified material, the agency said.

Petraeus had signed an agreement pleading guilty to the single criminal count, the statement said.

Petraeus’s lawyers David Kendall and Robert Barnett in Washington declined to comment.

The case was filed in Charlotte, the hometown of Paula Broadwell, the general’s biographer and former mistress.

Federal investigators had been looking into whether Petraeus improperly shared classified materials with Ms Broadwell, with whom he admitted having an affair when he resigned from his position in November 2012.

A law enforcement official had previously said agents found a substantial number of classified documents on Ms Broadwell’s computer and at her home.

Both have publicly apologised for the relationship. They have said their romantic relationship began only after he retired from the military and started at the CIA.

The scandal marked an abrupt fall for Petraeus, a man who led US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and was thought to be a potential candidate for president.

Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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