CIA Director David Petraeus announced Friday that he is resigning after admitting “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,” Petraeus said in a statement to CIA employees.
Petraeus said he had informed President Obama on Thursday and requested he be allowed to resign.
Petraeus was named as Director of the CIA in September 2011. Petraeus was a four-star general serving over 37 years in the United States Army, including assignments as commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan. He also oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq.
“As I depart Langley, I want you to know that it has been the greatest of privileges to have served with you, the officers of our Nation’s Silent Service, a work force that is truly exceptional in every regard. Indeed, you did extraordinary work on a host of critical missions during my time as director, and I am deeply grateful to you for that,” Petraeus added in his statement.