No more punishment for disgraced Gen. Petraeus, CIA chief who leaked state secrets

Sunday, January 31, 2016
By Paul Martin
31 Jan, 2016

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter decided not to proceed with further punishment on the retired four-star general David Petraeus for disclosing classified data, several media cited a letter by assistant secretary of defense as saying.

“Given the Army review, Secretary Carter considers this matter closed,” Washington Post quoted Assistant Secretary of Defense, Stephen Hedger, as saying in the three-sentence letter.

The decision supported the Army’s recommendation not to punish Petraeus, who is on probation after paying a $100,000 fine, any further.

The letter was sent out to individuals who asked Carter not to consider any more reprimands against Petraeus, including Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman Senator John McCain and Senator Jack Reed. According to military law, the Pentagon had the right to seek further punishment.

Petraeus was forced to resign as head of the CIA in 2012 after the scandal broke out that he was having an affair with his biographer, Army Reserve officer Paula Broadwell, with whom he illegally aired classified information.

Once considered a war hero for the successful US troop surge in Iraq in 2007 and 2008, and even a potential Republican presidential candidate, Petraeus is currently on a two-year probation, and has paid a fine of $100,000 for unauthorized handling of classified information.

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