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Gen. Petraeus To Be Sentenced To Two Years Probation and Fine 94

An anonymous reader writes: Petraeus, a now-retired U.S. Army General, has already agreed to plead guilty to a criminal misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. As part of the agreement with prosecutors filed in March, the government will not seek any prison time. Instead, Petraeus will agree to pay a $40,000 fine and receive two years of probation, according to court documents. The recommendations are not binding on the federal judge who will preside at the hearing Thursday afternoon in Charlotte.
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Gen. Petraeus To Be Sentenced To Two Years Probation and Fine

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  • Haha FTA! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Snowden done a truly patriotic service, never mind his intent (who knows) but this General was only after pussy before he BETRAYED US!

  • Thank God!!!! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Thursday April 23, 2015 @06:55PM (#49541383) Journal

    For a second I thought a member of the elite was actually going to be significantly punished, but these wise prosecutors have preserved the Aristocracy from shame!

    Now, let's get about castrating Edward Snowden!

  • by BarbaraHudson ( 3785311 ) <barbarahudson@ g m a i l.com> on Thursday April 23, 2015 @06:56PM (#49541403) Journal
    The more this happens, the more it looks like Snowdon is a vendetta for embarrassing the powerful by doing what is, more and more, looking like the right thing.
    • That's precisely the case. A vast majority of leaks you read about in the paper are sourced from government officials acting with full knowledge of their agency. The ones who are prosecuted arent targeted because of the nature of the info, they are prosecuted based on who it embarrassed. That's why the only person to serve time in jail regarding torture was the guy who exposed it. When it comes to topics the government is sensitive about, we have more of a kangaroo system than a real court.
  • by Joe Gillian ( 3683399 ) on Thursday April 23, 2015 @07:02PM (#49541449)

    I think this case should absolutely be used as precedent when and if they sentence Edward Snowden. I think a two year suspended sentence, followed by a Congressional Medal of Freedom would be an appropriate sentence.

    • A Congressional medal?

      I would sooner pick the two years on jail instead.

    • by Kunedog ( 1033226 ) on Thursday April 23, 2015 @07:20PM (#49541599)
      I think we will find there is one rulebook for punishing people like Snowden, and another for VIPs like Petraeus. And yet another (very thin) one for super ultra-VIPs like Clinton.
      • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Thursday April 23, 2015 @07:23PM (#49541617)

        Until someone snaps and takes the law into his own hands. That's the inherent dangers of an unjust justice system: People losing faith in it.

        That is actually very dangerous to the stability of a state.

        • by Anonymous Coward

          Don't worry, we're removing the means for you lowlifers to do that. Soon enough surveillance will be so pervasive that even *thinking* wrong will be detected. Game over for you shit people.

      • by DarkOx ( 621550 )

        If there were video of Hillary physically being handed a stack of cash (right hand), cigar hung loosely from lips while strangling a kitten(left hand) from a Russian CEO over a document that said approval to process uranium; people would still apologize for her and do their best to 'splain it way. If that effort failed they'd invent some other way for her to evade accountability like 'No controlling legal authority' and the press would complicity discontinue talking about it and return focus to what sort o

      • We know that Snowden and Petraeus both leaked classified material, but I'm inclined to say that someone of high rank and responsibility should be punished more than a contract sysadmin for doing the same thing.

        Petraeus has pled guilty to leaking classified material, and we all know Snowden did. I've seen no indications that Clinton did anything on the same scale, or a mention of any law she appears to have broken. (Other secretaries of state have used private email for official purposes; it was only ma

    • by dywolf ( 2673597 )

      ah but Snowden isnt connected.
      Petraeus is, from having been director of the CIA.

      Also, he told secrets to the public, instead of his mistress.

      • by Uberbah ( 647458 )

        That ship already sailed with MEK. Carry a Hezbollah tv channel - the feds will send you to a Federal Pound Me In the Ass Penitentiary. Take money from MEK to lobby, aka propagandize [salon.com] on their behalf? We'll just take them off the terror watch list.

      • "Also, he told secrets to the public, instead of his mistress."

        Snowden gave the documents to journalists for them to reveal. Don't be lazy and misrepresent it even accidentally. Beyond that they weren't even just "journalists" they were lawyers etc.

        • by dywolf ( 2673597 )

          oh shut up.

          the point of his actions were to reveal the NSAs actions to the public, so that the public knew about the shady/illegal snennigans the NSA and government were engaging in.

          unlike Petraeus who's motivation in leaking was apparently to get into his biographer's pants.

          and my lil joke was simply pointing out which one the government believes to be the bigger sin
          (and since you're a little dense apparently, that would be "telling the public")

  • but only provided national security info to his floozy for sex.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 23, 2015 @07:14PM (#49541559)

    1. He was leaking classified information to his mistress who was also his biographer. Like top-secret stuff.
    2. When an investigation ensued, he lied to the FBI about leaking the material to his mistress.

    Martha Stewart lied to the FBI about insider trading tips and got at least 5 month in a prison camp.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      An enlisted man would have received 10 years in Leavenworth.

      • An enlisted man would have received 10 years in Leavenworth.

        Or eleven years in Twelveworth,
        or five to ten in Woolworth.

        Hey, someone had to quote it!

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Uberbah ( 647458 )

      Like top-secret stuff.

      Sensitive Compartmented Information, actually, which is far beyond the Top Secret information revealed by the whistleblower Manning. Guess which one is getting probation and the other is getting to spend 3+ decades in prison?

    • He's very lucky his mistress isn't working for the GRU/ISIS/al-qaeda or he'd be looking at oh wait he'd probably still get off with a slapped wrist
  • ... stored it all on his own server in the first place, he could run for President.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    He should get dishonourable discharge as well and no pension.

  • Where did the secret stuff given to the mistress go? Was it shared with certain governments not allied with the USA? Could it be treason? And the punishment for treason is pretty serious for a soldier - a firing squad.
  • by Sarius64 ( 880298 ) on Thursday April 23, 2015 @10:30PM (#49542623)

    Sandy Berger got probation, community service, and a $50,000 fine I bet he didn't pay. Petraeus received essentially the same.

    Funny that normal civilians and enlisted people get decades plus for the same crime.

  • He gets to keep the freedom to bang the hot woman to whom he leaked government secrets (as she will remain free too).

    "They hate us for our* Freedom!"

    * - 'Us' being the power elite, not the filthy commoners subject to all the rules.
  • by acoustix ( 123925 ) on Friday April 24, 2015 @09:43AM (#49544617)

    Gen Petraeus had a handful of documents in his desk. Hillary had tens of thousands of government emails stored in her own server and then wiped it without any government oversight.

  • And traitors of the Bush White House Occupancy are supposed to be handed stiff bonuses, not flabby penalties

  • in about 8 years, give or take, we will see him as the GOP candidate?

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