CIA chief David Petraeus resigns for involvement in extra-marital affair

David Petraeus has resigned from his designation as Director, CIA stating his involvement in an extra-marital affair. He called the act as “unacceptable” for a person who heads the intelligence wing of a country.

BBC reporter Adam Brookes was told by CIA officials upon condition of anonymity that it was his autobiography writer, Paula Broadwell with whom the Mr. Petraeus had this affair.

David Petraeus rose to the coveted designation in 2011 after he had opportunity of commanding international forces in both Iran and Afghanistan. Mr. Petraeus was one of the officers who was assigned with the most significant profiles in the post 9/11 era. His role in Iraq for carrying out the “Surge” and the counter insurgency operations of Afghanistan was well received.

Mr. Petraeus had to resign from his position as head of the forces in Afghanistan in mid-2011 and join CIA as Leon Panetta left the position to join take up the role of Defense Secretary to the President.

President Barack Obama said in praise of David Petraeus, “By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger”

Milestones in David Petraeus’s career:

Completed graduation from West Point in 1974

Served as commander of multinational forces of Iraq from Feb,2007- Sep,2008

Served as commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan from July,2010-July,2011

Instated as Director, CIA in 2011 after receiving approval from senate (94-0)

Source: BBC

Photos: Gettyimages, nydailynews, slate, gawker


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