CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns Cites Extramarital Affair

Friday, November 9, 2012

CIA Director and Retired Gen. David Petraeus Resigns Over Affair

Washington and media darling, Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus, today resigned citing “extremely poor judgment” for having an extramarital affair.

Petraeus told President Obama of the affair on Thursday and offered to resign. The president accepted his resignation in a phone call Friday afternoon.

Petraeus said in a letter to CIA colleagues:

“Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position. 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.”

Mike Morrell, the deputy CIA director and a long time CIA officer, will likely be offered the job as acting director, multiple sources told NBC News.

Evidence of the affair was reportedly uncovered by the F.B.I. investigating whether a computed used by Petraeus was compromised. The agency discovered the tryst.

Paula Broadwell, a Harvard researcher co-wrote a biography of David Petraeus, titled “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,” and published this year, is the woman with whom the retired four star general had the affair.

Petraeus, a West Point graduate, climbed to the ranks of the US military and became one of the country’s most high-profile leaders as the top US Commander first in Iraq then in Afghanistan.

David Petraeus was mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for president in 2012.


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17 Responses to CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns Cites Extramarital Affair

  1. DMason says:

    Republicans just can’t keep it in their pants.

  2. The Real Adam says:

    The timing is bad. The Congress plans to hold hearings early next year into Benghazi attacks and the assassination of Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

    President Obama was just reelected to a second term and now he must deal with this. Mr. Obama was correct to accept Petraeus’ letter of resignation. Let him fall on his own sword.

  3. ajihani says:

    David Petraeus is a womanizing D-bag. I hope his wife divorces his ass and takes every penny in their bank accounts.

  4. ChiTOM says:

    Newly hired CIA recruits are told that they must not do anything that in any way would compromise their position with the agency or the security of the country. Violating this edict will lead to your termination from the CIA. You can’t have one rule for agents and another for the top man. Petraeus seemed to forget this. What a shame.

  5. Harry says:

    David Petraeus resigned over an affair? Well at least he didn’t resign because he’s gay. 😉

  6. retahyajyajav says:

    President Obama doesn’t need this clown. Good riddance to bad garbage.

  7. Randy Arroyo says:

    This admission of an affair is a violation of the Military Code of Conduct (CoC) and opens Petraeus up to demotion. The Pentagon could pull his Four Star status. What a dope. He was thinking with the wrong head.

  8. Tena says:

    The Republicans certainly know how to pick ’em?

  9. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    I voted for President Obama in 2008 and in 2012 but I am not a fanboy.

    When he gets it right, I give him praise. When it gets it wrong, I admonish him. That said, when he was elected president, I was troubled that he kept Bush administration players and didn’t fired them.

    Had he cleaned house, David Petraeus would’ve been out on his philandering ass. But Obama saw things differently. Oh well, let the clean up begin.

  10. Seabec says:

    If Paula Broadwell saw any classified, government papers, this could morph from a sad end to a 37-year marriage to a serious national security matter leading to criminal prosecution. I hope this woman saw nothing that could compromise the country’s safety.

  11. fran says:

    You have to find humor in the irony of the title of the book the Mistress penned:
    All In: The Education of General David Petraeus

    Looks like he’s educated now! 20/20 hindsight.

  12. Joe in Colorado says:

    A relationship of this sort between an executive and a secretary is one thing but Petraeus’ computer fell into his mistress’ hands. A potential national security breech. Was Petraeus compromised and was U.S. security put at risk?

  13. feminazi says:

    What a clod. General Betray-us betrayed his wife, country and the military.

  14. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    It’s like a Russian spy novel. What was Petraeus thinking? Oh, I know: pussy, 30 years younger than his loyal wife.

  15. Mets Fan says:

    Calling Gloria Allred, calling Gloria Allred, high-profile divorce in Washington DC pending.

    David Petraeus is a lying weasel. A scoundrel. I hope his wife drains the bank accounts and leaves him skint.

  16. okjimm says:

    I agree with the General’s resignation….. gees, it is really really hard to have an extra marital affair and a full time job. choices had to be made!

  17. Stephen Iversonn says:

    I’m no moral goody-two-shoes but I am disgusted at how many people have no problem with a man of such low moral character as Petraeus leading our soldiers and being in charge of our national intelligence agency.

    This man betrayed his wife and his country.

    What he did was not demonstrate “extremely poor judgment,” this is proof of a fundamental flaw in his character.

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