BREAKING: CIA Director Petraeus resigns
November 9th, 2012
03:02 PM ET
10 years 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."


Filed under: David Petraeus • President Obama
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. deadears

    Am so glad of that because it part of the bush/cheney croonies due to as a war monger and abusing the CIA for their own advantage as profiteering the companies they are attach to and leaving no paper trail on contract soldiers killers and creating diversion to keep the war going and created damage on a false airline crash into the pentagon building to destroyed files of paper trails and the CIA should be rid of all those link to the zionist party and the old bush/cheney gang

    November 9, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. CJ

    Affair??? Does anyone seriously believe this? come on people– clearly he was asked for his resignation by Obama because he wouldn't lie for the administration.

    November 9, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. CJ

    ...about Bengazi .if we ever learn the truth it will be a disgrace to the Obama administration.

    November 9, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Tommy G

    It's a cover story that no one will be able to question. He'll be ale to say it is a personal private matter. He's obviously fed up with the whole Benghazi situation. Hopefully this will now free him up to testify in front of Congress and tell the whole story.

    November 9, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Karina

    He has done a lot of great work for America and whatever his reasons for resignation are his own.
    If it is because of an extra marital affair , that is between his wife and him , should it be because of conflicts in his duties and recent events , only then we deserve to hear more.

    November 9, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Tommy G

    >Who makes up having an affair???

    CIA people. It is their living!

    November 9, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. just sayin

    if it is true, i guess this is what happens when you start chummin around with democrats. you pick up nasty habits. start acting like them, no morals. sad.

    November 9, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Name Truth Hurts

    You guys with your Benghazi conspiracy theories! A CIA agent, not to mention the Director, cannot hold a security position after an affair. That is something that compromises you and puts you in a position to be blackmailed, hence, you can't be trusted with your nation's secrets.

    How about learning a little about your country and your government. It will make you less crazed.

    November 9, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. ST

    I knew this is coming when I saw his picture (in uniform) on searching for someone.

    November 9, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "An affair? Ho-hum. His European counterparts wouldn't dream of resigning over an activity that is considered to be expected of high-profile A-type personalities."

    Yes they would. MI6, Mossad, ISI in Pakistan...wherever. Having an exrtamarital affair is anathema to intelligence service members keeping themselves out of situations that would make themselves vulnerable to blackmail and ANY member in ANY inetlligence service worldwide would be booted to the curb for it. This isn't rocket science.

    November 9, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Wilson

    The truth is generally stranger than the fiction.

    November 9, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    That's pretty typical of Democrats.

    November 9, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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