WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is weighing whether to file criminal charges against retired Gen. David Petraeus for allegedly providing classified information to his former mistress, according to people close to the case. Petraeus left his job as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency in 2012 due to the extramarital affair.
The investigation of Petraeus began with a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into suspicious emails sent to a friend of the general and snowballed into a national-security investigation surrounding the relationship with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
FBI agents eventually traced the vaguely threatening emails to Broadwell, and a search of her home and her computer turned up documents that were classified by the U.S. government. Some of the material was years old, but remained secret government information, according to people familiar with the case.
Both Broadwell and Petraeus have denied to investigators that she received any classified intelligence from him, according to people familiar with the probe.
Prosecutors overseeing the case have recommended charges be filed against Petraeus, but a final decision has yet to be made by Attorney General Eric Holder, according to people familiar with the discussions. A lawyer for Petraeus declined to comment. The recommendation to file charges was first reported Friday by the New York Times.