CIA Director David Petraeus testifies during the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee hearing on "World Wide Threats" on, Jan. 31, 2012.
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David Petraeus sentenced to two years’ probation


Former CIA director and retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus was sentenced Thursday to two-years of probation and must pay a $100,000 fine for leaking classified military information to a woman with whom he had a relationship while serving as head of the intelligence agency, according to NBC News.

The judge presiding in the case has allowed Petraeus , who was sentenced in federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina, to travel domestically and internationally while on probation.

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When asked if he wanted to comment to the court, Petraeus said: “I want to take this opportunity to apologize for the pain that my actions caused.” The judge asked if he was guilty of the crime, to which Petraeus responded, “I am.”

Petraeus was charged with giving classified information to his biographer, Paula Broadwell, a former Army Reserve officer who was writing “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus” at the time. Prosecutors said Petraeus gave Broadwell eight notebooks of classified material that contained handwritten notes about meetings, war strategy, intelligence and names of covert officers in 2011. But prosecutors also said that no classified information was published in the book, which was released in 2012.

Petraeus, who led U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned as CIA director in November 2012. He then admitted to having an extramarital affair with Broadwell, who lives in Charlotte with her husband and children. Petraeus remains married to his longtime wife, Holly. Both Petraeus and Broadwell have publicly apologized for the affair.

Court papers — including a plea agreement and a statement of facts — were filed in United States Division Court in March, the latest scene in a fall from grace for the general who led two wars, ran the CIA, and was thought to have potential as a Republican vice presidential pick in 2012.

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David Petraeus sentenced to two years' probation