CIA DIRECTOR DAVID PETRAEUS RESIGNS AFTER EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIR WITH HIS BIOGRAPHER, PAULA BROADWELL
By Synthia Esther
November 10, 2012
On Friday, November 9, 2012, CIA Director David Petraeus resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Boardwell. Broadwell co-wrote Petraeus' biography, “All In.” The affair was revealed over the course of an FBI investigation, according to Fox News. Patraeus met with President Obama on Thursday, before submitting his letter of resignation, which the president accepted.
In a message to staff, Petraeus said he asked “to be allowed” to step down. Patraeus stated, “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.” Patraeus' wife, Holly, also works in the Obama administration, for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
President Obama in a written statement said Petraeus provided an “extraordinary service to the Untied 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.” Michael Morell, the agency's deputy director is to serve as acting director.
The move came amid the unfolding controversy surrounding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. Scrutiny had fallen on a range of agencies including the CIA. An FBI investigation began when an individual reported suspicious and strange emails allegedly from Broadwell. The FBI determined that Broadwell allegedly emailed a number of government employees, and it tried to determine if any of its employees were being stalked. The affair was discovered as a result, with Petraeus being one of these employees. The FBI determined no criminal acts had been committed.