CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Citing Extramarital Affair
The director of the Central Intelligence Agency David Petraeus submitted his resignation today, citing an extramarital affair.
If you remember, Petraeus retired from the Army as a celebrated four-star general to become the CIA chief in September of 2011.
NBC News' Andrea Mitchell, who broke the news, reports that the relationship between the president and Petraeus has been uneasy.
But the AP and CNN report Petraeus resigned because of an extramarital affair.
This is a breaking news story. We'll update as soon as we have more.
Update at 3:21 p.m. ET. 'Thoughts And Prayers':
In a statement, President Obama said his "thoughts and prayers" were with Petraeus and his wife Holly, "who has done so much to help military families through her own work."
Obama said that Petraeus has "provided extraordinary service" to the country.
"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," Obama said. "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."
Update at 3:15 p.m. ET. A 37-Year Military Career:
Petraeus had a 37-year career. Here's a bit more of his biography from the CIA website:
H"e last served as Commander, NATO International Security Assistance Force and Commander, US Forces–Afghanistan from July 4, 2010 until July 18, 2011. His other four-star commands include assignments as the 10th Commander, United States Central Command, and as Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq during the surge.
"Prior to those assignments, Director Petraeus commanded the US Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth during which time he oversaw development of the US Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual; the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq—and, simultaneously, the NATO Training Mission-Iraq—both of which he established; and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)—including while the 101st participated in the fight to Baghdad and subsequent stability operation during the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom."
Update at 3:10 p.m. ET. Thankful:
James R. Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, said in a statement that Petraeus' resignation "represents the loss of one of our nation's most respected public servants."
Clapper added: "I'm particularly thankful for Dave's unwavering support and personal commitment to my efforts to lead the Intelligence Community and integrate our intelligence enterprise."
Update at 3:07 Extramarital Affair:
In a statement sent to press, Petraeus says he resigned for personal reasons.
"After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair," he said. "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."