CIA director quits over extramarital affair

CIA director quits over extramarital affair

CIA Director David Petraeus, testifies before the US Senate Intelligence Committee during a full committee hearing on "World Wide Threats." on January 31, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Witnesses include: Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, FBI Director Robert Mueller(L); Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess; National Counter terrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen; Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research Philip Goldberg; and Homeland Security Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis Caryn Wagner. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit :KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 4:37 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- David Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair.

According to his letter of resignation, Petraeus asked President Barack Obama on Thursday to allow him to resign, and on Friday the president accepted.

Petraeus said in a statement that he had shown "extremely poor judgment" in having an affair.

Obama accepted Petraeus resignation and said the general has "made our country safer and stronger."

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