While Chelsea Manning rots in a military brig ex-CIA head David Petraeus has been sentenced to just two years' probation and fined $100,000 after admitting leaking classified documents to his mistress.
The married general, 62, dumped military logs containing classified material to his official biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell. He then lied to FBI agents investigating the case, and faced charges that could have put him behind bars for up to five years.
In March he pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material in a plea-bargain with prosecutors. The government's lawyers recommended a $40,000 fine, but Magistrate Judge David Keesler raised that to $100,000 in light of the serious nature of the crime. He will now have to make regular visits to a probation officer for the next two years.
"A slap on the wrist is the most one could say about what can barely be called a sentence for what could have been treated as serious crimes including espionage," said Michael Ratner, a lawyer representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
In a move that exposes the shocking lack of integrity in our financial markets the disgraced general is now off to Wall St., where he is chairman of private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
The case and its outcome show the two sets of laws governing our country - one for the wealthy and connected and another set for the rest of us.