CIA Director David Petraeus resigns amid marriage affair scandal

By Jon Hall,

CIA Director David Petraeus has resigned from his position on Friday as news broke that the military general had an affair.

"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," Petraeus wrote in a letter obtained by CNN.

According to CNN, the 60-year-old retired four-star general served for for 37 years. After gaining the spotlight for his involvements in the middle east for the Bush and Obama Administration, he took the political route and took over as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in September 2011.

"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," President Obama said about Petraeus.

Following Petraeus' departure, Acting Director Michael Morell has taken over for the time being. Petraeus has this to say about his departure.

"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."

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