Former General David Petraeus gets probation and a fine for leaking classified information
Retired General David Petraeus (AFP)

Former U.S. military commander and CIA director David Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine on Thursday after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information.

The retired four-star general admitted to giving the information to his mistress, who was writing his biography. He pleaded guilty in federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina, to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.

The judge raised the fine from the $40,000, which had been agreed upon in a plea deal, noting it needed to be higher to be punitive.

(Reporting by Letitia Stein; Editing by Sandra Maler)