Ex-CIA Director Petraeus to Plead Guilty to Misdeameanor Over Mishandling Classified Information

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of Multi-National Force – Iraq, briefs reporters at the Pentagon April 26, 2007, on his view of the current military situation in Iraq.

David Petraeus, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and a retired military general, has signed court papers indicating he will plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information, officials said.

Gen. Petraeus, whose career was undone by an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, had been the subject of a long-running Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into whether he shared unauthorized classified information with her.

Documents filed in federal court in Charlotte, N.C., show Gen. Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.

A bill of information—a preliminary step to a guilty plea—accusing Gen. Petraeus of a misdemeanor was filed in court on Tuesday, according to court records. Gen. Petraeus’ lawyer declined to comment.