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David Petraeus Resigns As CIA Director, Citing Extramarital Affair

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 10, 2012

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Gen. David Petraeus has resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, MSNBC reports.

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell broke the news Friday afternoon, reading Petraeus’ resignation letter on air.

Petraeus wrote in the letter to the CIA staff on Friday that he had gone to the White House on Thursday and asked the president “for personal reasons” to resign.

“After being married for more than 37 years I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Petraeus wrote in his letter. “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as a leader of an organization such as ours.”

Petraeus’ wife is Holly Petraeus, whom he met when he was a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the AP reports. Click here for more on Holly Petraeus.

The retired four-star general led the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Barack Obama appointed him to direct the CIA in September 2011.

Petraeus said that the president accepted his resignation on Thursday.

The full text of Petraeus’ resignation letter is below, courtesy of CNN.

According to the New York Times,some senior members of Congress were told about Petraeus’ resignation six hours before it was announced. White House officials said they knew he was considering resignation as early as Wednesday night.

The president also released a statement on Petraeus’ resignation Friday. “David Petraeus has provided extraordinary service to the United States for decades. By any measure, he was one of the outstanding general officers of his generation, helping our military adapt to new challenges, and leading our men and women in uniform through a remarkable period of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he helped our nation put those wars on a path to a responsible end. As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, he has continued to serve with characteristic intellectual rigor, dedication, and patriotism. By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger.” Read the rest of this entry »

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