One of America’s most decorated war hero’s and now the current Central Intelligence Agency director has resigned amidst a huge scandal that has the potential to leave a damaging stench on his legacy.
David Petraeus’ resigned from his position as CIA director on Friday after admitting to an extramarital affair. Paula Broadwell is his mistress and biographer of his recent book All In. She was discovered after sending threatening emails to Tampa socialite, Jill Kelley, a woman she apparently saw as a rival for Petraeus’ affections.
In a statement sent to the CIA Workforce, Petreaus wrote, “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Petraeus said in the letter. “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”
Broadwell’s name surfaced while the FBI was undertaking a separate investigation into whether Petraeus’ computer might have been compromised.
Broadwell, a Harvard University research associate and PhD candidate at King’s College London, was granted extensive access to Petraeus to write his biography, “All in: The education of General David Petraeus.” She was embedded in Afghanistan with Petraeus July 2010 through July 2011, while he led the International Security Assistance Force there. She is also a married mother with children.
Petraeus took over as director of the CIA in September 2011 and served for more than 37 years in the U.S. Army, most recently as commander of the International Security Assistance Force and as the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Petraeus’ high profile career has made him one of the most well known generals of his generation.
Petraeus praised his wife, Holly, currently serves as assistant director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created during Obama’s first term in office.
In a new conference, the president said, “As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, he has continued to serve with characteristic intellectual rigor, dedication, and patriotism. By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger.”