IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS — CIA director quits over extramarital affair (UPDATED)
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CIA Director David Petraeus, seen testifying on Capitol Hill in January 2012.
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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.
“Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours,” Petraeus said.
Obama said in a statement that the general had provided “extraordinary service to the United States for decades” and had offered a lifetime of service that had “made our country safer and stronger.”
The president said that CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell would serve as acting director. “I am completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission,” Obama said.
Petraeus has been married for 37 years to Holly Petraeus, whom he met when he was a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
In his statement, he said to Obama, “Teddy Roosevelt once observed that life's greatest gift is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing. I will always treasure my opportunity to have done that with you, and I will always regret the circumstances that brought that work with you to an end.”
Though Obama made no direct mention of Petraeus' reason for leaving, he offered his thoughts and prayers to the general and his wife, saying that Mrs. Petraeus has “done so much to help military families through her own work. I wish them the very best at this difficult time.”
The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said in a separate statement that Petraeus' departure represented “the loss of one of our nation's most respected public servants. From his long, illustrious Army career to his leadership at the helm of CIA, Dave has redefined what it means to serve and sacrifice for one's country.”
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Last modified: November 09. 2012 1:41PM