Cites Extramarital Affair as the Reason for Resignation
Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus, shocked the nation when he resigned Friday, citing an extramarital affair as his reason.
In his resignation letter to President Obama, Petraeus wrote, "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."
The president accepted his resignation and wished Petraeus and his wife, Holly, the best during this difficult time. "By any measure, through his lifetime of service, David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger," Obama said in a written statement.
According to U.S. officials, Petraeus' biographer, Paula Broadwell, is under FBI investigation for improperly trying to access his email and possibly gaining access to classified information. She is the author of his biography, "All In," and allegedly the woman with whom he had the affair.
Petraeus was to begin testifying next week at House and Senate hearings regarding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Mike Morrell, the deputy CIA director, will now lead the organization as the acting director.