CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns; Cites Extramarital Affair

Posted on: 2:19 pm, November 9, 2012, by , updated on: 02:31pm, November 9, 2012

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) — CIA Director David Petraeus submitted his resignation Friday to President Barack Obama, citing personal reasons, a U.S. government source said.

According to the source, Petraeus admitted to having an extramarital affair when he asked to resign.

A retired U.S. Army general who served as the top U.S. commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, Petraeus was sworn in as the head of the CIA in September 2011.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued a statement Friday confirming that Petraeus had turned in his resignation, saying his “decision to step down represents the loss of one of our nation’s most respected public servants.”