CIA director quits over extramarital affair

Associated Press
David H. Petraeus, former army general and head of the Central Intelligence Agency, speaks at the annual dinner for veterans and ROTC students at the University of Southern California, in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, March 26, 2013.  It marked Petraeus' first public remarks since he retired as head of the CIA after an extramarital affair scandal (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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David H. Petraeus, former army general and head of the Central Intelligence Agency, speaks at the annual dinner for veterans and ROTC students at the University of Southern California, in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, March 26, 2013. It marked Petraeus' first public remarks since he retired as head of the CIA after an extramarital affair scandal (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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 on Thursday to allow him to resign, and on Friday the president accepted.

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

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