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

Published by Bhavesh Kumar

A multi-talented media professional with diverse experience spanning across journalism (digital and broadcast), management consultancy and documentary filmmaking. Worked for the leading newspaper (the Times of India) and news broadcaster (NDTV India) on their web portal, feature stories, shooting, scripting, programming and editing broadcast news. A creative mindset focused on executing new-age strategic communication initiatives with all its corresponding elements (clear and coherently written key messages, social media marketing and multimedia content) to ensure effective target audience impressions. Also, worked on several primary and secondary market research projects (Market Feasibility Study) for business expansion into new markets.

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