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Gen. Petraeus expected to plead guilty to federal charges in plea deal

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Posted at 12:04 PM, Mar 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-03 12:07:21-05
CIA Director David Petraeus

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

(CNN) — Gen. David Petraeus is expected to plead guilty to federal charges to end a probe into whether he provided classified information to his mistress when he was CIA chief, according to a U.S. official briefed on the matter.

An announcement about the proposed plea agreement could come later Tuesday.

The New York Times first reported the plea deal talks, which would effectively end the Justice Department investigation.

On September 6, 2011, just days before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States, Petraeus was sworn in as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. A little more than a year later, on November 9, 2012, he resigned from his CIA post, citing personal reasons.

He admitted to having an affair, and the following March apologized for that during a speech at the University of Southern California.

Petraeus allegedly provided classified intelligence to his lover, Paula Broadwell, while he was director of the CIA. She was writing a book about him at the time.

Petraeus now works for New York private equity firm KKR & Company.