CIA Director David Petraeus Quits Over Extra Marital Affair
CIA Director David Petraeus has resigned over an extra marital affair, saying his behaviour was "unacceptable".

The top intelligence official of the US submitted his resignation to the President Barack Obama during a meeting at the White House yesterday. Obama has accepted his resignation. "Today, I accepted his resignation as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency," he said in a statement.

Petraeus, in a letter released to the CIA work force, has disclosed his marital affair. "After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgement by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behaviour is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organisation such as ours," he wrote in an email.

Obama said that he is completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission.

"I have the utmost confidence in Acting Director Michael Morell and the men and women of the CIA who work every day to keep our nation safe," he said while praising Petraeus on his extraordinary service.

"David Petraeus has provided extraordinary service to the United States for decades. By any measure, he was one of the outstanding General officers of his generation, helping our military adapt to new challenges, and leading our men and women in uniform through a remarkable period of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he helped our nation put those wars on a path to a responsible end," he said.

The US President said that as Director of the Central

Intelligence Agency, Petraeus has continued to serve with characteristic intellectual rigour, dedication, and patriotism.

Before joining the CIA, Petraeus successfully headed the US army operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Dave's decision to step down represents the loss of one of our nation’s most respected public servants. From his long, illustrious Army career to his leadership at the helm of CIA, Dave has redefined what it means to serve and sacrifice for one's country," James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, said.

"Since he took over as Director in September of last year, he and I have worked together to tackle some of the most challenging issues faced by the Intelligence Community in more than a decade," he said.

Under his leadership, the CIA remained instrumental in providing policy makers decision advantage through the best possible intelligence, Clapper said.

"Whether he was in uniform leading our nation's troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, or at CIA headquarters leading the effort to generate intelligence used to keep our nation safe, Dave inspired people who had the privilege of working with him," he added.
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4/D-2
Nov 11, 2012
12:03 AM

 If If one reads between the lines, it is clear that General Petraeus was the victim of a honey trap; he must have been asked to leave. Having an extra-marital affair is not a big deal in the USA.. However, as the chief of the CIA, it is imperative that he should not be susceptible to seduction by female operatives. All that praise is just to divert attention from what could have been a serious breach of security.

D.L.Narayan, Visakhapatnam
3/D-145
Nov 10, 2012
11:29 PM

 What about Abhisheikh manu singhvi?!

harish naik, bangalore
2/D-31
Nov 10, 2012
11:25 AM

 The man could have become President.

ashok lal, mumbai
1/D-28
Nov 10, 2012
10:16 AM

 Can we imagine such a honest reaction here in India. The politicians and officers who indulge in such activities will jutify it saying that it is their personal life and they are involved in extra marital affairs in their :personal capacity" not in their "official capavity".

Bahu Virupaksha, Pondicherry
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