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CIA top boss Petraeus quits citing affair

world Updated: Nov 12, 2012 14:09 IST
Yashwant Raj

An extramarital affair has ended the career of CIA chief David Petraeus.


The affair was discovered by the FBI during an investigation into a possible breach of his email. The White House was informed of it on Wednesday.


Petraeus, an ex-US commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, met President Barack Obama on Thursday and offered to resign.

“Such behaviour is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organisation such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation,” Petraeus said in a statement on Friday.

The woman he was found to be involved with has been identified as Paula Broadwell, author of All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, a recent biography of the CIA director.