Via Fox News:
CIA Director David Petraeus, one of the country’s most revered military leaders, abruptly announced his resignation Friday, admitting to an extramarital affair that until now had never been disclosed.
Petraeus, in a message to staff, said President Obama accepted his resignation letter after the two met on Thursday afternoon. Petraeus said that he asked “to be allowed” to step down.
“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours,” the retired four-star general said. “This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.”
The move comes amid the unfolding controversy surrounding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. Scrutiny has fallen on a range of agencies including the CIA, and the director had been set to testify at hearings next week — he is no longer expected to do so. But Petraeus, in his resignation message, cited strictly “personal reasons” surrounding the affair.