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FOIA News: FOIA lawsuit for Petraeus records

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FOIA suit seeks records on Petraeus investigation

By Josh Gerstein, POLITICO, Mar. 18, 2016

A newly filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuit is demanding that the federal government fork over records from the investigations that led to former Central Intelligence Agency Director Gen. David Petraeus' guilty plea last year to a charge of mishandling classified information.

The suit, filed Friday in federal court in Washington by Daily Beast reporter Shane Harris and a pro-transparency organization, the James Madison Project, seeks information from three federal agencies — the Justice Department, the Defense Department and the CIA.

Petraeus pleaded guilty in February 2015 to a single misdemeanor count of mishandling classified information by retaining notebooks containing highly classified information at his home without permission and sharing some of those materials with his biographer and paramour, Paula Broadwell. She was an officer in the Army reserve but was not officially authorized to receive the classified materials.

A federal judge in North Carolina sentenced Petraeus to two years probation and a $100,000 fine.

Harris and the transparency group filed a series of FOIA requests last month seeking details on various inquiries the FBI, the CIA and the Pentagon pursued beginning in 2012 after a Florida woman, Jill Kelley, reported to the FBI that she had received messages from someone who appeared to be familiar with her movements as well as those of top military officers and Petraeus.

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