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Feds Will Prosecute David Petraeus for Leaking Documents to Mistress

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Federal prosecutors will pursue felony charges against retired Gen. David Petraeus, according to The New York Times. Petraeus stands accused of passing classified documents to Paula Broadwell, a writer who had an affair with Petraeus while writing a biography of him.

The classified government files were found on Broadwell's computer in 2012, after their affair became known to the public. Petraeus has denied the charges and vowed to refuse any plea deal.

Some question why Attorney General Eric Holder has delayed moving forward on the case, even though his Justice Department has vigorously prosecuted other government officials for leaking files to the media. According to The NYT:

Mr. Holder has said little publicly about the investigation. F.B.I. Director James B. Comey, asked by reporters in December why it was taking so long, said, "I can't say. I mean, I guess I could say, but I won't say." …

At a press conference shortly after Mr. Petraeus resigned, President Obama said he had no evidence that Mr. Petraeus had disclosed classified information "that in any way would have had a negative impact on our national security." …

But investigators concluded that, whether or not the disclosure harmed national security, it amounted to a significant security breach in the office of one of the nation's most trusted intelligence leaders. They recommended that Mr. Petraeus face charges, saying lower-ranking officials had been prosecuted for far less. …

Petraeus has endured a long, humiliating fall from grace over the last few years. It's easy to forget that he was once viewed as a hero—the only man capable of salvaging U.S. military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now ISIS is on the rise and Petraeus could be headed to prison.

In any case, I hope the feds deal with him fairly, irrespective of any moral or political failings he may be guilty of.

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  1. Petraeus must have really pissed off Valerie somewhere along the line.

    1. Yeah, He wouldn’t play ball on Benghazi.

  2. Some question why Attorney General Eric Holder has delayed moving forward on the case, even though his Justice Department has vigorously prosecuted other government officials for leaking files to the media.

    Because, presumably, Petraeus could make things really, really awkward for the federal government if he spilled the beans. This is the last act in a kabuki play…a negotiated settlement where he’ll accept a slap on the wrist and fade away in exchange for not torpedoeing the legacy of several administrations.

    1. If only they’re stupid enough to push him too far and have him take them all down with him. They’re never that stupid about themselves, though.

      “Listen to me, you pompous frauds! If I’m going down, I’m taking you all with me! Dean Vernon, I know the truth. It was you driving your hovercar that night, not your horse! And Dean Epsilon, I know all about your Department of ‘Pool Boy Studies’. And Doctor Wernstrom…Wernstrom!”

  3. Here’s why I resent this. The Obama administration’s lackey Leon Panetta leaked info on the OBL raid to Kathryn Bigelow to make Zero Dark Thirty. Nothing has or will happen on that. It’s out and admitted in public that he did it. The Feds didn’t bat an eye.

    But Patraeus is a military guy who wasn’t much liked by the Obama administration. He had his BS affair revealed and his career destroyed despite being the only guy who made in progress in the mess that was Iraq. The guy leaked info that had no negative impact and which the Feds apparently didn’t even notice until they picked up on the affair.

    So, the most capable military mind they have has been kicked out of government not because of incompetence or even real corruption, but because he wasn’t liked by Obama’s crack team of yes-men. Now they want to prosecute him, as well.

    I’m normally all for these slime balls getting it when it comes to them, but this is more selective justice.

    1. Welcome to the thing called ‘politics’. I for one have zero sympathy for those who choose to play and lose (or those who win either). I can guarantee you that if Petraeus could sacrifice a lackey or underling for this, he would in a second. It’s just that in this case, it was his mistress, and therefore too close to him, so he’s fucked. Oops.

      1. It’s not sympathy for him – it’s a matter of the fact that the piece of shit Leon Panetta is safe and sound because he did Obama’s bidding.

        The whole attack on leakers itself is fraudulent.

        I will say that Patreaus was actually capable at the tasks given to him. Again, unlike Panetta.

    2. IIRC correctly, Petraeus was a torture architect back in the day. Looks like he’s being set-up to take the fall for the politicians.

      1. Allegations about Petraeus links to ‘torture’ requires passing credit for actions by shia-militias all the way up the US chain of command, and insinuating that their activities were consciously co-ordinated by the Pentagon.

        which is a bit of a stretch. ‘Architect’ would be stretching it to absurdity

        1. I’m of the view that if you put violent Shiite militia members in charge of the ‘policing’ of Sunnis, and you know what’s going on throughout the entire process, you are guilty of silent consent at best.

          Hitler may never have actually ordered Final Solution. Doesn’t mean he wasn’t ultimately responsible.

        2. So the enemy made him do that, Gilmore? That what you’re saying?

          Also, what Brochettaward said, below.

          1. No, i agree with his point =

            if you know what’s going on throughout the entire process…you are guilty of silent consent at best”

            I’m not sure anyone has demonstrated he had knowledge of or complete control over the people who committed these acts. No one is saying horrible shit didn’t happen; i think laying it on his doorstep is a stretch ; calling him the “architect” (as though this were top-down US policy?) would be willful misrepresentation.

    3. So, the most capable military mind they have has been kicked out of government not because of incompetence or even real corruption, but because he wasn’t liked by Obama’s crack team of yes-men

      Point of order… yes-children.

  4. Holy, fucking, shit. When was the last time they prosecuted a four-star? This should be an interesting train wreck.

    So, now that precedent has been set, I can assume they’ll also be prosecuting congressmen and their staffers for disclosing classified as well?

    1. “I can assume they’ll also be prosecuting congressmen and their staffers…”

      Give him a big hand, folks, he’s here all week.

      No, the appointed and the hired are held to a different set of rules than the elected.

  5. “Some question why Attorney General Eric Holder has delayed moving forward on the case”

    Because they’re holding it over his head until Obama is out of office?

    because they don’t want him to make a fucking peep about Benghazi, etc?

    I am not the slightest bit conspiratorial, but there’s no way you can look at the chain of events leading to the Petraeus investigation, and not see that the entire thing is fishy as fuck.

    the whole thing about how the FBI decided to start searching through the CIA director’s private emails… just because some random woman claimed she’d been sent a nasty message by his down-low girlfriend?…. it stinks to high heaven. They went looking for as much dirt as they could find, then used it when it was politically convenient.

    1. WaPo’s opening here is sort of my point =

      “The FBI started its case in June with a collection of five e-mails, a few hundred kilobytes of data at most.

      By the time the probe exploded into public view earlier this month, the FBI was sitting on a mountain of data containing the private communications ? and intimate secrets ? of a CIA director and a U.S. war commander. What the bureau didn’t have ? and apparently still doesn’t ? is evidence of a crime.

      How that happened and what it means for privacy and national security are questions that have induced shudders in Washington and a queasy new understanding of the FBI’s comprehensive access to the digital trails left by even top officials.”

      1. “The FBI started its case in June with a collection of five e-mails, a few hundred kilobytes of data at most.”

        Yet, somehow, they couldn’t recover Lois Lerner’s emails. LOL.

    2. Because they’re holding it over his head until Obama is out of office?

      Yep…

  6. Meanwhile, Samuel Johnson is muttering, “I get a sycophantic Scotsman as my biographer, and this general gets a hot chick? Sometimes life is really unfair.”

    1. Eddie, you just don’t get it, do you? That’s…sad.

      1. Perhaps you could explain “it” to me, you humorless scold.

        1. “humorless scold”, LOL.

          I could, but it would only waste my time and annoy the pig.

          1. I have no idea what you’re talking about, so by way of rebuttal I’ll simply post this:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Muj26g3eugU

            1. NSFW

              1. Not really, since it stops at a “login” warning which I’m not inclined to go beyond.

            2. “I have no idea what you’re talking about…”

              Which is, of course, no different from any other day.

              1. Samuel Johnson and my Johnson are each bigger than your Johnson.

  7. This is dedicated to all you cool cats who are aging baby boomers:

    Love, American Style,
    Truer than the Red, White and Blue.
    Love, American Style,
    That’s me and you.

    And on a star spangled night my love, (My love come to me).
    You can rest you head on my shoulder.
    Out by the dawn’s early light, my love
    I will defend your right to try.

    Love, American Style,
    That’s me and you.

    1. Ouch, that was harsh.

  8. passing classified documents to Paula Broadwell, a writer and Army intelligence major.

    1. I can’t tell what the circumstances are, exactly, but it’s possible that she didn’t have need to know or the documents were transmitted over an insecure network or stored on an unapproved computer.

      1. Oh absolutely. Those are definitely grounds but I think it colors the narrative to omit that she was an Army officer and simply describe her as a journalist and mistress.

        Note also that, aside from getting her security clearance and a promotion she received while under investigation yanked, she isn’t facing any charges at this time.

  9. In any case, I hope the feds deal with him fairly, irrespective of any moral or political failings he may be guilty of.

    If by fair, you mean he (if guilty) receives the maximum allowable with any extras which can be take on she to aggravating factors, then I agree.

    As if this were any other non-celebrity military officer, giving classified information to the chick he’s cheating on his wife well, jail time is certain.

    As such, whether it seems “fair” or not, top leaders doing the same must be made an example of for two reasons:

    First, to show all others what will happen to them.

    Second, to keep integrity within the system which jails others for the same offenses.

    If he’s guilty and walks, the damage to the military could be disastrous.

    1. Yea, because the average military member doesn’t already know that high ranking generals are treated just a ,itad differently than everyone else…or, hell, officers in general.

      The only reason anyone knows about this is because the FBI just happened to go fishing. I mean, they went through all of his emails, and found no evidence of a crime. And only when they searched her computer did they find anything incriminating. And they went ahead and did this, as others have said, just because some broad in FL complained she was ‘threatened.’

  10. So who will prosecute the prosecutors?

  11. Petraeus has an easy out in all of this. He just needs to announce that he is now to be called Debbie Petraeus. The left will declare him a brave transwoman of color and pressure Obama to grant him a full pardon. Obama missed his chance to spring Chelsea Manning, but he won’t do the same with Debbie.

  12. I guess we won’t be having any Generals running for office in the next twenty years.

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