Source: CIA director David Petraeus submits resignation over extramarital affair

Source: CIA director David Petraeus submits resignation over extramarital affair

POSTED: Friday, November 9, 2012 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 9, 2012 - 4:34pm

CIA Director David Petraeus submitted his resignation Friday to President Barack Obama, citing person reasons, a U.S. government source said.

According to the source, Petraeus admitted to having an extramarital affair when he asked to resign.

A retired U.S. Army general who served as the top U.S. commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, Petraeus was sworn in as the head of the CIA in September 2011.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued a statement Friday confirming that Petraeus had turned in his resignation, saying his "decision to step down represents the loss of one of our nation's most respected public servants." 

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