How the David Petraeus Prosecution Backfired

Screenshot 2015-04-23 08.33.09The former director of the CIA is getting off easy after leaking classified material to his mistress. Other leakers aren’t so lucky.
The sordid tale of marital infidelity, cyber-stalking, and spilled secrets surrounding former CIA director David Petraeus is scheduled to come to a close Thursday, when the former four-star general is sentenced for his crimes.

But Petraeus’s punishment will likely have lasting ramifications on future leak cases, national security lawyers said. They argue the government is cutting its own throat by offering him a more lenient sentence in the wake of harsher penalties to other leakers and creating a double standard that can be exploited by defense attorneys in future cases.

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