CIA Director David Petraeus quits over affair

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Associated Press

Posted on November 10, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 10 at 12:30 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A scandal has cost CIA Director David Petraeus his job.

Several U.S. officials say the former general carried on an affair with his biographer and reserve Army officer Paula Broadwell.

The officials say the FBI discovered the relationship by monitoring Petraeus' emails, after being alerted Broadwell may have had access to his personal email account. Broadwell hasn't responded to voice mail or email messages seeking comment.

Petraeus, who turned 60 on Wednesday, told CIA employees in a statement that he had met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday and asked to be allowed to resign. On Friday, the president accepted. Petraeus calls his conduct "extremely poor judgment."

Petreaus and his wife have two children. Their son led an infantry platoon in Afghanistan.

He's being widely praised by Democrats and Republicans for his service. The president said Petraeus is "one of the outstanding general officers of his generation."

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233-a-06-(Retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor, chair of Military History at the Ohio State University, in AP interview)-"and the president"-Retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor, who served with General David Petreaus in Iraq, says even though the affair is a disgrace, he thinks Petreaus could've stayed on in his job at the CIA, if President Barack Obama had rejected his offer to resign. (9 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *233 (11/09/12)>> 00:06 "and the president"

234-a-11-(Retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor, chair of Military History at the Ohio State University, in AP interview)-"is remembered for"-Retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor, who served with General David Petreaus in Iraq, says he thinks history will be kind to the general's legacy. (9 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *234 (11/09/12)>> 00:11 "is remembered for"

232-a-13-(Retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor, chair of Military History at the Ohio State University, in AP interview)-"see this happen"-Retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor, who served with General David Petreaus in Iraq, says his heart goes out to the general's wife, who he knows, and admires for her work in financial counseling for U.S. troops at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (9 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *232 (11/09/12)>> 00:13 "see this happen"

231-a-08-(Retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor, chair of Military History at the Ohio State University, in AP interview)-"a disciplined individual"-Retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor, who served with General David Petreaus in Iraq, says having an admitted extra-marital affair is totally out of character for Petreaus. ((cut used in wrap)) (9 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *231 (11/09/12)>> 00:08 "a disciplined individual"

230-w-37-(Jackie Quinn, AP correspondent, with Conrad Crane, director, Army Heritage and Education Center, West Point graduate)--The resignation of CIA director David Petraeus has shocked Washington's intelligence and political communities, along with military professionals who served with the four-star general. AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports. (9 Nov 2012)

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229-w-32-(Jackie Quinn, AP correspondent, with Retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor, Chair of Military History at the Ohio State University)--Those who know former CIA director David Petraeus say they are stunned by his resignation. AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports. (9 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *229 (11/09/12)>> 00:32

224-a-16-(Conrad Crane, director, Army Heritage and Education Center, West Point graduate, in AP interview)-"to execute it"-Conrad Crane, the director of the Army Heritage and Education Center who graduated from West Point with David Petraeus, says he was an outstanding soldier and leader. Updated: 11/09/2012-10:57:50 PM ET (9 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *224 (11/09/12)>> 00:16 "to execute it"

223-a-11-(Conrad Crane, director, Army Heritage and Education Center, West Point graduate, in AP interview)-"work things out"-Conrad Crane, the director of the Army Heritage and Education Center who graduated from West Point with David Petraeus, says he wishes the best for the Petraeus family. Updated: 11/09/2012-10:57:50 PM ET (9 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *223 (11/09/12)>> 00:11 "work things out"

222-a-06-(Conrad Crane, director, Army Heritage and Education Center, West Point graduate, in AP interview)-"shock and sadness"-Conrad Crane, the director of the Army Heritage and Education Center who graduated from West Point with David Petreaus, says people are finding it hard to believe that Petreaus had an extra-marital affair. (9 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *222 (11/09/12)>> 00:06 "shock and sadness"

APPHOTO NY217: FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, former Commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Gen. Davis Petraeus, standing with his wife Holly, participates in an armed forces farewell tribute and retirement ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va. Gen. Petraeus, the retired four-star general who led the U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (31 Aug 2011)

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APPHOTO NCCHN301: In this Jan. 15, 2012 photo, Paula Broadwell, author of the David Petraeus biography "All In," poses for photos in Charlotte, N.C. Petraeus, the retired four-star general renowned for taking charge of the military campaigns in Iraq and then Afghanistan, abruptly resigned Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 as director of the CIA, admitting to an extramarital affair. Petraeus carried on the affair with Broadwell, according to several U.S. officials with knowledge of the situation. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, T. Ortega Gaines) LOCAL TV OUT (WSOC, WBTV, WCNC, WCCB); LOCAL PRINT OUT (CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL, CREATIVE LOAFLING, CHARLOTTE WEEKLY, MECHLENBURG TIMES, CHARLOTTE MAGAZINE, CHARLOTTE PARENTS) LOCAL RADIO OUT (WBT) (15 Jan 2012)

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