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CIA Director Resigns

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A bombshell of a resignation in Washington today -- CIA director David Petraeus is stepping down from his post immediately after admitting he had an extramarital affair.

CIA director David Petraeus submitted a letter of resignation to President Obama admitting he had an extramarital affair. The President accepted his resignation.

Petraeus, who has been married for 37 years, says he showed "extremely poor judgment" when he had the affair.

Petraeus has been running the CIA since September of 2011. Before that, he was in charge of allied forces in Afghanistan, and he also oversaw coalition forces in Iraq.

In a letter to CIA employees, Petraeus wrote, "such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and the leader of an organization such as ours."

President Obama called Petraeus "one of the outstanding general officers of his generation."

Petraeus led the surge in Iraq, and went on to lead U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

His wife works in the Obama administration's consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The couple has a daughter and a son. 

Petraeus was a four star general and served more than 37 years in the U.S. Army before being appointed CIA director.

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