At the protest of the Army, Pentagon officials have announced their consideration of demoting retired General David Petraeus. This comes as a result of his sharing sensitive information with a former mistress. The Army is cooperating with defense officials so that that the Secretary of Defense can make his final decision. If rank is reduced, it will be to three stars (Lieutenant General) and will require Petraeus to back-pay the difference from the time his retirement began.

The Daily Beast –

The Pentagon is considering retroactively demoting retired Gen. David Petraeus after he admitted to giving classified information to his biographer and mistress while he was still in uniform, three people with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Beast.

The decision now rests with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who is said to be willing to consider overruling an earlier recommendation by the Army that Petraeus not have his rank reduced. Such a demotion could cost the storied general hundreds of thousands of dollars—and deal an additional blow to his once-pristine reputation.