Former CIA director David Petraeus gave his mistress Paula Broadwell eight black books containing secrets of the spy agency. The black books contained classified information about U.S. war strategy, undercover agents and briefings from President Barack Obama.
The Court Papers
The black books Petraeus gave his mistress “collectively contained classified information regarding the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and mechanisms, diplomatic discussions, quotes and deliberative discussions from high-level National Security Council meetings… and discussion with the president of the United States,” court papers read. They also contained “national defense information, including top secret/SCI and code word information.”
Petraeus’ mistress is a former Army Reserve officer. Her affair with the most lauded ex-CIA director began in 2011, when she traveled with Petraeus to Afghanistan several times, interviewing him first for a biography she was writing. Their relationship blossomed when Broadwell had finished her book titled “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.” Both apologized to the public in 2012 while upholding that their affair had only begun after he left military service in November the same year.
Transcript of a conversation between Broadwell and Petraeus revealed that the ex-CIA director knew he was giving her classified information.
“By the way, where are your black books?” Broadwell asked.
“Um, well, they’re really – I mean they are highly classified, some of them,” Petraeus replied, as reported by USA Today.
Petraeus entered a plea agreement after pleading guilty to charges of misdemeanor regarding his handling of classified information in the black books. On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court for Western District of North Carolina’s Charlotte Division charged the ex-CIA director with one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.
Federal prosecutors will request two years of probation for the ex-CIA chief. The deal will save the retired four-star general from embarrassment of trial. The circumstances were unfortunate, given that Petraeus was once pegged as a possible presidential or vice presidential candidate, Fox News reported.