CIA Director David Petraeus resigns amid extramarital affair

David Petraeus

Online Staff Report

Citing an extramarital affair as the reason, CIA Director David Petraeus submitted a letter of resignation to President Barack Obama Nov. 9.

Obama accepted Petraeus’ resignation, stating in a comment to the Associated Press that Petraeus “made our country safer and stronger.”

Petraeus had served in the role since Sept. 6, 2011. Prior to assuming the position of CIA director, Petraeus was a four-star general serving more than 37 years in the United States Army. His last assignments in the Army were as commander of the International Security Assistance Force and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) from July 4, 2010, to July 18, 2011. He oversaw the surge of U.S. troops in Iraq.

In a statement to the CIA workforce, Petraeus wrote: “Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the president to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA. After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”

In a written statement to Reuters, Obama said, “I am completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission, and I have the utmost confidence in Acting Director Michael Morell.”

In a New York Times report, Obama said: “By any measure, through his lifetime of service, David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger. Going forward, my thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work. I wish them the very best at this difficult time.”

Holly Petraeus is the assistant director of the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Posted Nov. 9, 2012

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