CBS News: CIA Head Petraeus Resigns Due To Affair

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David Petraeus walks the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to ring the Opening Bell as the CIA Commemorates it's 65th Anniversary on Sept. 18, 2012 in New York City. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

David Petraeus walks the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to ring the Opening Bell as the CIA Commemorates it’s 65th Anniversary on Sept. 18, 2012 in New York City. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC)CBS News confirmed that Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus has resigned.

CBS News reports Petraeus has stepped down due to an extramarital affair.

“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Petraeus said in a statement. “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”

Petraeus submitted his letter of resignation to President Barack Obama.

“Dave’s decision to step down represents the loss of one of our nation’s most respected public servants,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement, CBS News reports. “From his long, illustrious Army career to his leadership at the helm of CIA, Dave has redefined what it means to serve and sacrifice for one’s country.”

Petraeus became the head of the CIA in September 2011 after serving as the head of forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Petraeus is a four-star general and served in the Army for 37 years.

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