David Petraeus resigns as CIA director

Gen David H. Petraeus Credit:ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES
Gen David H. Petraeus Credit:ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES

By: Greg Miller

Posted: Nov.9th, 2012

CIA Director David H. Petraeus has resigned, bringing a surprisingly abrupt end to his brief tenure at the agency as well as his decorated career in national security.

Petraeus met with President Obama on Thursday and indicated he was stepping down because of an extramarital affair. Obama accepted the resignation offer Friday.

“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Petraeus said in a statement distributed Friday to the CIA workforce. “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.”

The sudden departure created immediate turmoil in the administration’s national security team just days after Obama won reelection. That team was expected to see a series of changes, but Petraeus, who took the director’s position only 14 months ago, had been expected by many to stay.

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