CIA Director David Petraeus resigns over extra-marital affair
Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus resigned this afternoon after admitting to an extra-marital affair.
“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” he wrote. “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’s wife, Holly, leads the Office of Servicemembers Affairs for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The OSA was created to protect military servicemembers and veterans from financial scams and rip-offs. Holly Petraeus was awarded the inaugural President General’s Medallion “for her lifelong commitment to supporting military families” by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Before joining the CIA in September 2011, the retired Army General commanded U.S. troops in Iraq during the surge and in Afghanistan between 2010 and 2011.
Petraeus offered his resignation yesterday, only two days after President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term. Deputy Director Michael Morell will take over as Acting Director for the agency.
The White House issued the following statement from the President:
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.
As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, he has continued to serve with characteristic intellectual rigor, dedication, and patriotism. By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger.
Today, I accepted his resignation as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
I am completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission, and 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.
Going forward, my thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work. I wish them the very best at this difficult time.
Full text of David Petraeus’s statement announcing his resignation from the CIA:
Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA. 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.
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.
Teddy Roosevelt once observed that life’s greatest gift is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing. I will always treasure my opportunity to have done that with you and I will always regret the circumstances that brought that work with you to an end.
Thank you for your extraordinary service to our country, and best wishes for continued success in the important endeavors that lie ahead for our country and our Agency.
With admiration and appreciation,
David H. Petraeus
- CIA.gov: Statement to Employees from General David H. Petraeus (US Army Retired)
- WhiteHouse.gov: Statement by President Obama on the Resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus
- CIA.gov: Biography of David H. Petraeus, former Direct of the Central Intelligence Agency
- CIA.gov: Biography of Michael J. Morell, Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency
- CFPB.gov: A letter from Holly Petraeus
- DAR.org: Daughters of the American Revolution Convene in Washington, D.C. 121st Continental Congress held in DAR Constitution Hall