CIA Chief David Petraeus quits over extramarital affair
By Sadaf Shinwari - Sat Nov 10 2012, 10:14 am
CIA Director and retired Army General David H. Petraeus, the accomplished battlefield commander credited with turning around American fortunes in Iraq before retooling the military strategy in Afghanistan, resigned in disgrace on Friday after admitting to an extramarital affair that some experts suggested could have compromised national security.
The affair was discovered during an FBI investigation, according to officials briefed on the developments. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.
As first reported by NBC News, Petraeus disclosed the affair in a letter released to the CIA work force on Friday afternoon, writing: “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”
The resignation shocked Washington’s intelligence and political communities, representing a sudden end to the public career of the best-known general of the post 9/11 wars.
According to a statement he sent to CIA employees, Petraeus asked President Barack Obama on Thursday to allow him to resign and on Friday the president accepted. Petraeus said he had shown “extremely poor judgment” in having the affair.
In a statement, Obama said he accepted Petraeus’s resignation on Friday.
“By any measure, through his lifetime of service, David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger,” Obama said of the four-star general, who led American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Petraeus carried on the affair with his biographer and reserve Army officer Paula Broadwell, according to several U.S. officials with knowledge of the situation. They spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation that led to the resignation publicly.
According to the New York Times, government officials said that the FBI had investigated whether a computer used by Petraeus had been compromised. In the course of that inquiry, federal investigators discovered the relationship, officials said.