It was a career which would have been envy for any man. A career which gave immense power and clout, almost an aura of invincibility but it all came crashing down just because of one misdemeanor. The adage fits perfectly on decorated war veteran and former CIA director David Petraeus. The tough no nonsense war veteran is again in the news but for the wrong reasons. David Petraeus has entered into an agreement with the federal prosecutors and has agreed to plead guilty in a misdemeanor charge for mishandling classified information.
The charge is unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. Part of the charge stems from the documents which the former director provided to his mistress who was also writing his biography.
Following the agreement, the Justice Department issued a statement: “Three documents — criminal information, a plea agreement and a statement of facts — were filed today in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina’s Charlotte Division in the case of United States v. David Howell Petraeus. The criminal information charges the defendant with one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. … The plea agreement and corresponding statement of facts, both signed by the defendant, indicate that he will plead guilty to the one-count criminal Information.”
David Petraeus had resigned in November 2012 as the director of the CIA. He had been on the job only for one year. David Petraeus had served for 37 years in the US army and was the commander of American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned praise for driving out the Al Qaeda in Iraq and for stabilizing the situation there allowing for the ultimate withdrawal of US forces from the region.
However his long and illustrious career in public service came to an abrupt halt when a long affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell became public. Broadwell met David Petraeus when she was doing her dissertation about Petraeus and ultimately was involved in a torrid affair with the decorated war hero and former four-star general, publishing his biography, “All In,” in January 2012 — just 10 months before his resignation from the CIA.