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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2010 file photo, then-Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Gen. James Cartwright listens as President Barack Obama speaks at the White House in Washington. Retired Marine Gen. Cartwright has been charged with making false statements during a federal investigation into a leak of classified information, the Justice Department announced Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

A retired US general admitted to leaking top-secret information to the media


Retired four-star Gen. James Cartwright pled guilty in federal court Monday, admitting he lied to the FBI when he was questioned about providing top-secret information to two journalists in 2012. 

According to CNN, Cartwright sat quietly as his attorney Assistant US Attorney Leo J. Wise went through the facts that led to the charge of making false statements to federal investigators. 

The retired general, who became vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2007, signed more than 36 non-disclosure agreements with the Department of Defense during his tenure. 

The non-disclosure agreements he signed include warnings that an unauthorized disclosure could cause damage to the United States or be used by a foreign nation to do so. 

Cartwright retired back in 2011, but kept his top-secret security clearance, according to CNN. 

In 2012, investigators showed that Cartwright provided classified information to David Sanger, a national security correspondent for the New York Times. 

Cartwright denied providing the information to Sanger. 

Similarly, Cartwright denied providing classified information to Daniel Klaidman of Newsweek. 

The charge of making false statements carries a five-year maximum sentence, but Cartwright's plea agreement says he shouldn't face more than six months in prison.

Here's a statement Cartwright provided to Carrie Johnson of NPR. 

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His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 17, 2017. 

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