Paula Broadwell

Pentagon declines to demote Gen. David Petraeus for mishandling classified information

Pentagon declines to demote Gen. David Petraeus for mishandling classified information

The Pentagon says it will not demote retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information while CIA director, for an incident stemming from an affair with his biographer.

"The Army completed its review of his case and recommended no additional action," Stephen C. Hedger, assistant Defense secretary for legislative affairs, wrote to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday. Given that review, Hedger said Defense Secretary Ash Carter "considers this matter closed."

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter Saturday. The Pentagon had no further comment.

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