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CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns Over Extramarital Affair

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By HVnews on November 9, 2012

David Petraeus resigned from his position as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, NBC News reported. Petraeus apparently couldn’t keep his extramarital ops as covert as his agency’s intel missions.

USA Today has more details on the report:

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell said the resignation was submitted in a letter dated Friday and was accepted by the White House.

In a letter, Petraeus noted that he had been married for 37 years and had exercised “extremely poor judgment’ in conducting an extramarital affair.

Petraues took over as head of the CIA in September of 2011 following his tour as head of allied forces in Afghanistan.

Slate’s Fred Kaplan says the woman with whom Petraeus performed his covert ops is Paula Broadwell, the author of a forthcoming book about him called “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.”

All In? Broadwell? C’mon, too easy.

No word on who will replace Petraeus. Is David Estes available?

UPDATE: Politico has the letter:

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. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.

As I depart Langley, I want you to know that it has been the greatest of privileges to have served with you, the officers of our Nation’s Silent Service, a work force that is truly exceptional in every regard. Indeed, you did extraordinary work on a host of critical missions during my time as director, and I am deeply grateful to you for that.

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.

Thank you for your extraordinary service to our country, and best wishes for continued success in the important endeavors that lie ahead for our country and our Agency.

With admiration and appreciation,
David H. Petraeus

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