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Former CIA Director David Petraeus Gets Two Years Of Probation For Leaking Secrets To Mistress

The retired U.S. General was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for revealing classified information to his biographer, with whom he was having an affair.

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Former CIA Director David Petraeus was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for leaking secrets to his biographer, with whom he was having an extramarital affair.

The sentence was handed down in a federal courtroom in Charlotte, North Carolina, after Petraeus officially entered guilty pleas to criminal charges of removing and retaining classified material, the Washington Post reported. Petraeus, who agreed to plead guilty in March, was not expected to get prison time.

The federal judge who sentenced Petraeus on Thursday, however, went beyond the original plea deal, increasing the fine from the $40,000 that was reportedly agreed to in March.

Petraeus built a celebrated career as the U.S. Army General in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. At President Obama's request, he left the army to head the CIA in 2011. He retired in 2012 after his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, was revealed.

He pleaded guilty in March to a criminal misdemeanor charge of giving Broadwell access to "black books" containing classified information including notes from national security meetings and the identities of covert officers before he became the CIA director.

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at tasneem.nashrulla@buzzfeed.com.

Jason Wells is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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