David Petraeus


It was a surreal news week for WFAE's Tom Bullock. At NPR, Tom was Baghdad bureau chief and covered General David Patraeus during his rise to prominence. On Thursday, Tom covered Patraeus in a federal courtroom in Charlotte as he admitted to violating the Espionage Act. He talks about it in this episode of WFAE Talks. Plus, education reporter Lisa Worf discusses the Charter School Advisory Board's decision to recommend approval of several for-profit charter schools. Last year, some lawmakers made it clear they were unhappy the board only approved one for-profit charter school.

Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

David Petraeus, a former director of the CIA and a retired four-star general was sentenced today to two years probation and a $100,000 fine. The sentence was handed down Thursday afternoon at the federal courthouse uptown.

Acting U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose addressed the media after the proceedings:

"Today, David Patraeus admitted that he improperly removed and retained classified information, and also admitted to lying to the FBI and the CIA about his possession and handling of classified information."

US Government

This afternoon, David Petraeus will enter the federal courthouse in uptown, and be sentenced for violating the Espionage Act. Petraeus, a retired four-star general and former director of the CIA has admitted he gave his mistress access to classified information and lied to the FBI as they investigated the case. A plea agreement signed by Petraeus and federal prosecutors calls for a sentence of 2 years probation and a $40,000 fine. 

Retired Army General David Petraeus has agreed to a plea deal with federal prosecutors over allegations that he shared classified information with his biographer Paula Broadwell, with whom he later admitted having an affair. Under the terms of the deal, the former commander in Iraq and Afghanistan could avoid jail time.

Paula Broadwell has mostly stayed out of the public eye since last November, when news broke of her affair with then-CIA director General David Petraeus. On Tuesday, she gave her first public speech since the scandal.

Paula Broadwell's Charlotte Home Is Searched By FBI For 4 Hours

Nov 13, 2012
Robert Lahser

Three days after Paula Broadwell of Charlotte emerged at the center of national controversy, FBI agents spent four hours Monday night searching her family’s Dilworth home.

While investigating an email harassment complaint over the summer and this fall, the FBI had found classified information on Broadwell’s computer. The FBI concluded the information did not come from David Petraeus, who was CIA director until his sudden resignation Friday.

Paula Broadwell, Woman At Center Of Petraeus Scandal, Spends Weekend In D.C.

Nov 12, 2012

While television news trucks remained stationed outside her Dilworth home throughout the weekend, Paula Broadwell was celebrating her 40th birthday with her family in Washington, D.C., according to a neighbor.

Sarah Curme has been picking up the Broadwell’s paper and cancelling appointments with the family’s piano teacher since the Broadwells left on Thursday.

Curme said Paula Broadwell, the alleged mistress of former CIA Director David Petraeus, and her family is doing pretty well considering the circumstances.