Friday, November 9, 2012
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.