US media outlets are demanding that a federal court unseals documents related to the sentencing of former CIA Director David Petraeus. Last week, he received two years of probation and $100,000 fine after pleading guilty to leaking classified documents.
A coalition of nine US news organizations, including The New York Times, the Associated Press and the Washington Post, filed the lawsuit on Monday in federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina. They are seeking to unseal the sentencing memorandum and other related documents in the Petraeus case, including the letters of support from more than 30 high-level government officials. The sentencing of Petraeus was open to the public, but all court documents were sealed.
“The public interest in this case is unparalleled. A one-time director of the CIA and a former 4-star general pleads guilty to mishandling classified documents, yet the memoranda and letters that may have influenced his sentencing are unavailable for public inspection,” said Bruce D. Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the group coordinating the lawsuit.