“There is a recorded conversation between Petraeus and, inter alia, Washington Post reporters, which, based on the information and belief of your affiant, occurred in or about March 2011,” Special Agent Diane Wehner wrote in a document obtained by Politico.
“In the conversation, Petraeus stated, ‘I would really love to be on background as a senior military officer.’ Later in the recording, Petraeus discusses sensitive military campaigns and operations, some of which, on the basis of a preliminary review … is believed to contain classified information, including information at the Top Secret level.”
In the second recording, Wehner wrote in the affidavit that Petraeus requested the information he gave “be attributed to a ‘defense official familiar with Petraeus’s activities,” during a conversation with a reporter.
“Petraeus was concerned about the sensitivity of the information he was providing, and wanted to ensure the information was not attributed to him because it would come out after he was confirmed as director of the CIA,” Wehner wrote.
The former CIA director pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information.
The audio files were from a November 2012 FBI search of the home of Paula Broadwell, Petraeus’s biographer with whom he’d had an affair.