BREAKING: CIA Dir. Petraeus submits letter of resignation. He had an "extramarital affair". UPDATE: Full statement


UPDATE, via Richard Engel on MSNBC: Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell may have had access to classified information. There will be no charges filed, no investigation, per Engel, but the FBI is checking into whether the writer tried to access Petraeus emails.

UPDATE: Slate confirms that Paula Broadwell, co-author of All In: The Education of General David, was the woman with whom he had the affair.

Broadwell was on The Daily Show back in January:

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Original post:

Just now on MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell read a letter of resignation from CIA Director David Petraueus citing an extra-marital affair.

Mitchell noted that he is expected to testify on the Benghazi matter.

Details coming.

UPDATE: Andrea Mitchell is reporting that he said "he has made a terrible mistake" and that the president has accepted the resignation. He says is not resigning as any kind of admission about "faults" regarding Benghazi.

UPDATE: Here's his statement, via Josh Rogin:

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

Statement from the White House via the WSJ:

Statement by President Obama on the Resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus

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.

  • Have you caught up with Fox's story about this?  This is rich.  And, of course, how they are doing it, "We have no reason to believe this...but..."  As usual, they keep repeating that..."We have no reason..." ... "We have no reason..."...
    They are selling it that Obama doesn't like Petraeus, and felt him dangerous to any re-election efforts and only appointed him as CIA Director, knowing he'd be a slam dunk to confirm as such,  because as a General, he could still speak and say things dangerous to Obama's reelection efforts, so... if he put him in as CIA Director, he'd be forced to stay quiet through the election cycle, which of course, he didn't say anything to harm the POTUS's reelection efforts.

    The secondary story, is, of course, about 9000 different conspiracies about Benghazi. 

    Could it  be...just maybe...that he's human, and after forty-eleven years in service and thirty seven of those married, he now had a desk job and he and his wife simply didn't know how to live together?  I'll be that was not taught at West Point back in the day.  

    Ockham's Razor.  I stand by the last notion, it is the simplest.

  • CIA Dir. Petraeus submits letter of resignation. He had an “extramarital affair”


    Back in 2007 when the "Gen. Betray-Us" ad appeared, Fox News and the right wing got into a lather, claiming MoveOn was "impugning an American hero."

    Fox even began his beautification:  they broadcast Petraeus' life story in a documentary-form evening-long program, and Roger Ailes expressed his hope that Petraeus would be a GOP presidential candidate.

     . . . But, a scant two years later, in a Fox interview where he reiterated his support for closing Gitmo, said enemy combatants should be tried in US courts, and said the US was "rightly criticized" for violating the Geneva Convention, suddenly Petraeus was persona non grata to the warmongering far right (especially after President Obama tapped him as CIA Director.)

    So, with this latest bombshell, what will Fox do?

    Will they -- as they did with John McCain -- claim Petraeus' status as a war hero entitles him to an extramarital affair?  Or -- as they did with Clinton -- excoriate his behavior as morally repugnant?