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Central Intelligence Agency Director, David Petraeus, participates in a House Select Intelligence Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee joint hearing, on Sept. 13, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
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.
Update at 12:07 ET. 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.”
Update at 12:10 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.”