CIA director quits over extramarital affair

WASHINGTON (AP) — David Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair.

According to his letter of resignation, Petraeus asked President Barack Obama yesterday to allow him to resign, and today the president accepted.

In a statement, Obama said the general has "made our country safer and stronger."

Petraeus said in a statement that he had shown "extremely poor judgment" in having the affair.

Petraeus has been married for 37 years to Holly Petraeus, whom he met when he was a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The retired four-star general led the military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, then took the helm of the CIA in September 2011.

The CIA had no immediate comment.

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APPHOTO WX107: FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2011, file photo, new CIA director David Petraeus, right, accompanied by his wife Holly Knowlton Petraeus and Vice President Joe Biden, speaks following his swearing-in ceremony, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) (6 Sep 2011)

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APPHOTO WX104: FILE - In this June 23, 2011 file photo, then-CIA Director-desigate Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Petraeus has resigned because of an extramarital affair. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) (23 Jun 2011)

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