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Pentagon Apparently Will Let David Petraeus Keep His 4 Stars

A letter from the Pentagon reveals that U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter might not demote retired Gen. David Petraeus.

By Jake Godin | January 30, 2016

Retired Gen. David Petraeus gets to keep his four stars.

The Defense Department was reportedly considering demoting Petraeus to a three-star general after he mishandled classified information.

But a short letter obtained by multiple news outlets reveals Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has decided to take no further action against Petraeus.

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Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information last April.

Specifically, he had gave eight notebooks with classified material to his biographer, Paula Broadwell — the same woman he admitted to having an affair with.

A demotion to three-star general would have reportedly cost Patreaus tens of thousands of dollars in retirement payments.

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