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No more punishment for disgraced Gen. Petraeus, CIA chief who leaked state secrets

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US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter decided not to proceed with further punishment on the retired four-star general David Petraeus for disclosing classified data, several media cited a letter by assistant secretary of defense as saying. The letter was sent out to individuals who asked Carter not to consider any more reprimands against Petraeus, including Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman Senator John McCain and Senator Jack Reed. According to military law, the Pentagon had the right to seek further punishment. Petraeus was forced to resign as head of the CIA in 2012 after the scandal broke out that he was having an affair with his biographer, Army Reserve officer Paula Broadwell, with whom he illegally aired classified information.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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