David Petraeus, former CIA chief, has been sentenced to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 on Thursday for leaking classified data to his biographer with whom he was romantically linked.
The judgement came two months after the ex-director admitted committing the leak. Judge David Keesler increased the fine from $40,000 to $100,000 upon looking at the seriousness of the offense. He said that Petraeus committed a “grave and uncharacteristic error in judgment.”
“This constitutes a serious lapse of judgment,” Keesler said during the hour-long trial.
Petraeus was accompanied by his three attorneys in court, but none of his family members joined him. He looked calm during the trial, apologizing for his wrong deeds.
Prosecutor James Melindres said, “This is a serious criminal offence. He was entrusted with the nation’s most classified secrets. The defendant betrayed that trust.”
He added that the former CIA chief committed a blunder by lying to the FBI.
Petraeus’ attorney, David Kendall, said, “This is not a case about the dissemination to the public of classified information.”
“No classified information appeared in the biography. Not a single syllable.”
After the hearing, Petraeus said that it’s an end of a two-and-a-half year trial, and he now wants to start anew.
“I now look forward to moving on to the next phase of my life,” he said before leaving the court.
The agreement was filed in Charlotte, N.C., federal court, where Paula Broadwell, the former chief’s biographer and lover, resides.