BREAKING: CIA Director Petraeus resigns
November 9th, 2012
03:02 PM ET
1 year ago

BREAKING: CIA Director Petraeus resigns

(CNN) - CIA Director David Petraeus submitted his resignation to President Barack Obama, citing personal reasons, a U.S. government source told CNN.

The source said Petreaus admitted to an extra-marital affair.

In a statement issued Friday, he said: "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."

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Filed under: David Petraeus • President Obama
Petraeus as VP: No thanks
August 7th, 2012
05:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Petraeus as VP: No thanks

Washington (CNN) - CIA Director David Petraeus is shooting down a report that tossed his name into the mix as a potential running mate for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The suggestion came Tuesday from The Drudge Report, which is very popular and influential among conservatives.
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Filed under: 2012 VP Pick • David Petraeus
BLITZER'S BLOG: Petraeus' secret trip to Iraq
December 21st, 2011
04:29 PM ET
2 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Petraeus' secret trip to Iraq

(CNN) – When I got up early this morning, I got an e-mail from CNN's Arwa Damon in Baghdad. She had been hearing that CIA Director David Petraeus was spotted in Iraq in recent days. She asked me to check it out with my sources in Washington, which, of course, I did.

I learned that the retired U.S. Army general who once commanded U.S. forces in Iraq had indeed gone to Iraq – this time as head of the CIA. I was also told he was already back in Washington safe and sound.

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Petraeus confirmed by Senate as new CIA director
June 30th, 2011
02:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Petraeus confirmed by Senate as new CIA director

Washington (CNN) - Gen. David Petraeus won unanimous Senate confirmation Thursday to succeed Leon Panetta as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The 58-year-old commanding general of U.S. forces in Afghanistan has said he will retire from the military before assuming his new post later this year.
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Petraeus tells senators he wanted the CIA job
June 23rd, 2011
04:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Petraeus tells senators he wanted the CIA job

Washington (CNN) - Gen. David Petraeus told his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday that "I wanted this job" as he explained his willingness to retire from the military after 37 years to become CIA director.

The 58-year-old commanding general of U.S. forces in Afghanistan told the Senate Intelligence Committee he would lead the nation's largest intelligence agency fully independent of his ties to the military.
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Filed under: CIA • David Petraeus • Senate
Obama shuffles familiar faces in key security roles
April 28th, 2011
03:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama shuffles familiar faces in key security roles

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Thursday shuffled familiar faces in his national security team to deal with the pending retirement of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, reflecting a desire for continuity and the changing nature of modern warfare.

Obama named Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta as his nominee to succeed Gates, with Gen. David Petraeus chosen to succeed Panetta at the CIA.

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Filed under: David Petraeus • Leon Panetta • President Obama • Robert Gates
Obama selects Panetta for defense secretary, Petraeus for CIA
April 27th, 2011
02:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama selects Panetta for defense secretary, Petraeus for CIA

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In the most extensive reshaping of the Obama administration's national security team to date, the president will name CIA director Leon Panetta as his nominee to succeed Robert Gates as defense secretary, a senior defense official and another U.S. official said Wednesday.

It took a meeting with President Obama to convince Panetta to accept the job, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN. Panetta has been happy serving at the CIA, but "believes strongly in public service and answering the call from the commander-in-chief," the source said.

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Filed under: David Petraeus • Leon Panetta
Big changes to come on Obama's national security
April 11th, 2011
11:26 AM ET
3 years ago

Big changes to come on Obama's national security

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration is considering General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Afghanistan, as the next possible CIA director, an Administration official confirms to CNN. The official would not be identified because no announcements have been made about upcoming personnel decisions.

The move would be just one of a complex shuffle set to take place through the rest of the year as key members of the president's national security team are set to depart, including Secretary of Defense Robert Gates who has long wanted to retired, and The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, whose term is set to end this year.
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Rolling Stone: Army manipulated visiting VIPs in Afghanistan
February 24th, 2011
05:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Rolling Stone: Army manipulated visiting VIPs in Afghanistan

(CNN) - Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is ordering an investigation into a scathing Rolling Stone magazine report that says the Army ordered soldiers trained in "psychological operations" to manipulate visiting lawmakers to secure more troops and funding for the war, the military said Thursday.

A lieutenant colonel told the magazine that a military team at Afghanistan's Camp Eggers was ordered by Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops, to perform psychological operations on visiting VIPs over a four-month period last year.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • David Petraeus
Wife of Gen. Petraeus to be appointed consumer advocate, source says
January 6th, 2011
08:09 AM ET
3 years ago

Wife of Gen. Petraeus to be appointed consumer advocate, source says

Washington (CNN) - Holly Petraeus, the wife of the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, is getting a high profile role of her own. Thursday she will be named to a key position in the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a source who would not speak for attribution because the announcement has yet to be made.

Petraeus, a longtime advocate for military families, will be named to head the Office for Service Member Affairs, tasked with protecting military families from abusive lending practices.

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Filed under: David Petraeus • Veterans
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