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CIA Director Petraeus quits, citing extramarital affair

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

CIA director David Petraeus resigned Friday, after FBI agents discovered he was having an extra-marital affair. There are reports that their investigation may have been triggered by his lover's unauthorized access to the intelligence agency's e-mails.

From being shot in the chest to being injured in a parachute jump, Gen. David Petraeus has survived it all. He went on to command the elite 101st Airborne Division in the invasion of Iraq, leading them through fierce fighting south of Baghdad, then moving north in the U.S. military's longest helicopter-borne assault ever.

Widely regarded as one of the smartest and most innovative commanders of his generation, the now 60-year-old Petraeus was in charge of all U.S. military forces in the Middle East when he began cooperating on a biography of his life co-authored by Paula Broadwell. She's a married mother of two with whom he allegedly had a sexual relationship that has now wrecked his brilliant career.

Last February, she told Charlie Rose about first meeting Petraeus in 2006 and deciding to co-author "All In."

"I wanted to use Petraeus as a case study, examining how a maverick, or somebody within an institution, can galvanize institutional change," Broadwell said on the Charlie Rose Show.

Petraeus issued a written statement: "Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the president to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position. 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."

President Obama, who appointed Petraeus last year to lead the nation's most sensitive spying operations, was said to be shocked by the revelations. Obama nonetheless praised Petraeus for "extraordinary service to the United States for decades" that "made our country safer and stronger," and wished him and his wife, Holly, well at this difficult time.

The resignation came just days before Petraeus was to face intense questioning from House Republicans. Some claim the Administration engaged in a pre-election cover up of the details of an attack in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

New acting director Michael Morell, known for overseeing the team that found Osama Bin Laden's Pakistani hiding place, will now face next week's Congressional interrogation.

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