CIA Director David Petraeus resigns

Black_SamsonBlack_Samson I drive a fast car...Posts: 48,204 Regulator
CIA Director David Petraeus has submitted his resignation to President Obama, citing an extramarital affair.

In a statement sent to the CIA workforce today, Petraeus said he went to the White House Thursday to ask the president to accept his resignation. The president accepted his resignation today.

"After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair," Petraeus said in the letter to the CIA workforce. "Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours."

Petraeus took over as director of the CIA in September 2011. An extramarital affair could have serious implications in the intelligence agency, given that it could potentially lead to security leaks.

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CIA Director David Petraeus resigns

A White House official told CBS News' Nancy Cordes that the White House did not know before the election that Petraeus would resign and that the news comes as a surprise to everyone.

In a statement, Mr. Obama said he is "completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission," adding that he has the "utmost confidence" in Acting Director Michael Morell and the CIA workforce. The White House has had high praise for Morell, who may be in line to replace Petraeus.

The president said his "thoughts and prayers" are with Petraeus and his wife Holly Petraeus, and he praised Petraeus for his long history of serving the nation.

"By any measure, he was one of the outstanding General officers of his generation, helping our military adapt to new challenges, and leading our men and women in uniform through a remarkable period of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he helped our nation put those wars on a path to a responsible end," Mr. Obama 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."
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper similarly said in a statement that the CIA director's decision "represents the loss of one of our nation's most respected public servants."

"From his long, illustrious Army career to his leadership at the helm of CIA, Dave has redefined what it means to serve and sacrifice for one's country," he said.

Petraeus was scheduled to testify next week at a closed hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as well as intelligence and security in the region. The Senate Intelligence Committee says Morrell will testify in Patraeus' place. Petraeus gave the orders that sent a CIA team flying into Benghazi in a vain attempt to rescue Americans. Two members of that team were killed on that mission.

Before heading the CIA, the 60-year-old Petraeus 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, winning him widespread praise and spurring speculation that he would run for political office.

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In his opening statement during his confirmation hearings for the position of CIA director, Petraeus praised his wife, who now serves as assistant director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. "Holly was recently described as being bright, nice, small, and a pit bull - someone you want in your corner," he said. "I have been blessed to have had her in my corner for some 37 years and 23 moves."

He also discussed "appropriate behavior" during his confirmation hearing.

"The leader of any organization is responsible for establishing the necessary climate and processes for ensuring appropriate performance and behavior by the organizations' members," Petraeus said. "I am confident that the CIA has a culture of high standards and the necessary regulatory processes for managing wrongdoing or misconduct."

In a feature in the latest issue of Newsweek called "Petraeus's Rules for Living," rule No. 5 was, "We all will make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them, to learn from them, and to take off the rearview mirrors -- drive on and avoid making them again." The article was penned by Paula Broadwell, who wrote Petraeus' biography, entitled, "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus."
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  • Black_SamsonBlack_Samson I drive a fast car... Posts: 48,204 Regulator
    this makes me giddy as fuck.
    to have had worked for this man, to know exactly what he is about, to know what he worked towards and see it all thrown away for some pussy, fills me with tremendous joy.

    this man is the reason why soldiers are stretched so thin.
    he set the damn trend for year + long rotations.
    he's never gave a damn about soldiers, only cared about furthering his own career.
    how he get rich off the damn war too?
  • a.manna.mann Posts: 17,664 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2012
    let me guest,
    you been listening to the conservative right wing nut jobs latest narrative of the Benghazi "cover up"?

    and this was all a ploy by Obama (who miraculously predicted he would win re-election)



  • earth two supermanearth two superman ladies please dont fight. E2S is here all night! Posts: 16,950 Regulator
    edited November 2012
    even though he nominated him, obama didn't like petraeus after he got caught talking shit. this is probably icing on the cake for him.
  • Matt-Matt- Posts: 21,585 ✭✭✭✭✭
    a.mann wrote: »
    let me guest,
    you been listening to the conservative right wing nut jobs latest narrative of the Benghazi "cover up"?

    and this was all a ploy by Obama (who miraculously predicted he would win re-election)



    lol. all i saw was the headline. when shit like this happens RIGHT AFTER the election, its not hard to draw conclusions
  • Elzo69RenaissanceElzo69Renaissance the three of us know yet the shooter remains nameless DornePosts: 29,838 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Prolly the reason niggas aint achieving shit in Afghanistan ....too busy getting some ass
    kingblaze84
  • janklowjanklow god's lonely man. Posts: 6,601 Regulator
    he set the damn trend for year + long rotations.
    somehow i doubt you can blame this concept on Petraeus entirely
  • a.manna.mann Posts: 17,664 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2012
    Matt- wrote: »
    a.mann wrote: »
    let me guest,
    you been listening to the conservative right wing nut jobs latest narrative of the Benghazi "cover up"?

    and this was all a ploy by Obama (who miraculously predicted he would win re-election)

    lol. all i saw was the headline. when shit like this happens RIGHT AFTER the election, its not hard to draw conclusions

    and if Romney would have won and Petraeus still decided to resign
    where would that lead the "conclusions?"

    from what I understand Paula Broadwell, his biographer, was the woman he was fuckin around with and she was under investigation by the FBI for having access to his email. A VERY big no, no for a man of rank and station

    needlessly to say the shit was goin' to hit the fan with a hell of scandal
    and without Kerry Washington around, he probably thought it best to come clean and
    resign then tarnish Obama's re-election momentum
  • a.manna.mann Posts: 17,664 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2012
    was not expecting this
    who could blame the guy

    this interview is hilarious considering how things turning out
    hahaha


    Paula Broadwell



    the entire interview
    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-25-2012/paula-broadwell


    safe bet Stewart figure it out or suspected he was hittin' it , cuz the innuendo here are relentless...lol
  • Black_SamsonBlack_Samson I drive a fast car... Posts: 48,204 Regulator
    janklow wrote: »
    he set the damn trend for year + long rotations.
    somehow i doubt you can blame this concept on Petraeus entirely

    no not entirely...
    more than half tho, you had to hhave been there, he actually made a rule that says we cant ask when we leaving.
    a.mann
  • BiblicalAtheist BiblicalAtheist Prude OutskirtsPosts: 11,517 ✭✭✭✭✭
    "completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission"
    Dude gonna have a "heart attack".
  • t_m_a_c_f_a_n73088t_m_a_c_f_a_n73088 Posts: 8,645 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lmao @ james bond levels of secret gadgetry, This is whats funny about the military. An airman or lower rank gets caught and they get court martialed, kicked out, etc. but higher ranking people who are supposed to be the example just get "early retired" or "lose their position".
    Black_Samson
  • Matt-Matt- Posts: 21,585 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • MC The RapperMC The Rapper Posts: 8,140 ✭✭✭✭✭
    rage wrote: »
    Man, if the HEAD of the CIA can get caught slippin....what chance do we have? I mean this nigga has access to James Bond levels of secret gadgetry and covert shit...and I'm trying to double up with a normal phone and a creep phone....SMH.

    On another note...do you blame the nigga? Honestly?? I know it sounds ridiculous but I dont think he will get the backlash he normally would get when pics of his wife and the chic he cheated with start coming out. It wont be overt.....but underneath its pretty obvious.


    Holly-Petraeus-aka-Holly-Knowlton-David-Petraeus-Wife.jpg

    360318-paula-broadwell.jpg

    Well the FBI got him , investigating him for some reason
  • atribecalledgabiatribecalledgabi Posts: 7,089 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2012
    it's obviously more to the resignation than an affair.

    & if that's ALL it is, then.....that's a pretty stupid reason for somebody's job to be on the line to the point where you have to fire yourself before you get got by someone else.
  • Black_SamsonBlack_Samson I drive a fast car... Posts: 48,204 Regulator
    it's obviously more to the resignation than an affair.

    & if that's ALL it is, then.....that's a pretty stupid reason for somebody's job to be on the line to the point where you have to fire yourself before you get got by someone else.

    federal jobs are like that. you are held to a extremely high standard.

    even down the troops.
    a.mannt_m_a_c_f_a_n73088
  • t_m_a_c_f_a_n73088t_m_a_c_f_a_n73088 Posts: 8,645 ✭✭✭✭✭
    it's obviously more to the resignation than an affair.

    & if that's ALL it is, then.....that's a pretty stupid reason for somebody's job to be on the line to the point where you have to fire yourself before you get got by someone else.

    like @blacksamson said federal jobs are different and like I was saying he's lucky he wasn't so high ranking. If that was me(I'm in the Air Force) i'd get kicked out...
    Black_Samsona.mann
  • a.manna.mann Posts: 17,664 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2012



    it's obviously more to the resignation than an affair.

    & if that's ALL it is, then.....that's a pretty stupid reason for somebody's job to be on the line to the point where you have to fire yourself before you get got by someone else.

    federal jobs are like that. you are held to a extremely high standard.

    even down the troops.

    it's a mental thing

    if you never a held rank or position of such prestige

    it's virtually impossible to comprehend why a person will just quit on their own terms,
    with his with head held high oppose to waiting until the shit hits the fan



  • janklowjanklow god's lonely man. Posts: 6,601 Regulator
    no not entirely...
    more than half tho, you had to hhave been there, he actually made a rule that says we cant ask when we leaving.
    okay, but this still does not sound like Petraeus sat down in an office and said, "these dudes are working 18-month deployments, say i"
    Well the FBI got him , investigating him for some reason
    perhaps it was some FISHY reason?


    FBI probe of Petraeus triggered by e-mail threats from biographer, officials say
    The collapse of the impressive career of CIA Director David H. Petraeus was triggered when a woman with whom he was having an affair sent threatening e-mails to another woman close to him, according to three senior law enforcement officials with know­ledge of the episode.

    The recipient of the e-mails was so frightened that she went to the FBI for protection and help tracking down the sender, according to the officials. The FBI investigation traced the threats to Paula Broadwell, a former military officer and a Petraeus biographer, and uncovered explicit e-mails between Broadwell and Petraeus, the officials said.

    When Petraeus’s name surfaced, FBI investigators were concerned that the CIA director’s personal e-mail account had been hacked and that national security had been threatened. The officials said further investigation, including FBI interviews with Broadwell and Petraeus, led to the discovery that the two were engaged in an affair.
    ...or just broads being crazy, the cause of 90% of life's problems
  • atribecalledgabiatribecalledgabi Posts: 7,089 ✭✭✭✭✭
    it's obviously more to the resignation than an affair.

    & if that's ALL it is, then.....that's a pretty stupid reason for somebody's job to be on the line to the point where you have to fire yourself before you get got by someone else.

    federal jobs are like that. you are held to a extremely high standard.

    even down the troops.

    i get that...

    it's still a bit antiquated that there's no separation between home & work life in that regard. some of that probly falls on our cultural norms, but i digress.

    is it the scandal they're more worried about or the act itself?
  • Matt-Matt- Posts: 21,585 ✭✭✭✭✭
    i think this is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • a.manna.mann Posts: 17,664 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2012
    more of the fact that he's the head of fuckin CIA and he let a jump-off have access to his email

    if this had gotten out before he fessed up , it would been a PR blow to the Obama admin for sure

    but the ramification is much bigger then that, considering the nature of the organization he was charged with









  • a.manna.mann Posts: 17,664 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2012
    apparently she was a nutjob obsess with him from the beginning

    most detailed article yet...........


    Petraeus's 'sex under the desk' mistress pictured just a few seats from his wife as colleague tells how she 'got her claws into him'



    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231025/Petraeuss-sex-desk-mistress-pictured-just-seats-wife-colleague-tells-got-claws-him.html?ICO=most_read_module
  • waterproofwaterproof Conqueror of Self On The Road to ZionPosts: 9,084 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2012
    alright for all those who think that Obama was apart of the resignation of David Petraeus, let's end it right here.

    For all you rightwing nuts, Obama out smarted their asses again, they are so gung-ho to get dirt on Obama they did Obama a favor, lol.....dumbassess

    Report: FBI whistle-blower contacted Eric Cantor on David Petraeus affair



    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke to an FBI whistle-blower two weeks ago who accused then-CIA Director David Petraeus of having an extramarital affair and potentially jeopardizing the security of classified information, according to a news report.

    Cantor’s chief of staff, Steve Stombres, later met with FBI officials to pass on the accusations from the whistle-blower, the New York Times reported on Saturday night.


    Cantor’s involvement in the Petraeus scandal is the first indication that anyone outside of the FBI knew Petraeus was under scrutiny for an extramarital relationship or potentially leaking classified information.

    The FBI had been investigating Petraeus for several months after his alleged mistress, author Paula Broadwell, was suspected of sending “harassing” e-mails to another woman close to Petraeus.


    During their probe of Broadwell’s activities, FBI agents uncovered information about a reputed romantic relationship between Broadwell and Petraeus. Broadwell is the author of a flattering biography on Petraeus’s extraordinary military career that was released early in 2012.

    There were also concerns that Broadwell may have obtained sensitive information via her ties to Petraeus.


    But the revelation of Cantor’s role in the scandal - and the emergence of an FBI whistle-blower - raises dramatic new questions about how the bureau conducted what was clearly a hugely sensitive problem, both in terms of the FBI’s relationship with the CIA and what it could mean for the highly esteemed Petraeus.

    It also raises the stakes for the political fallout surrounding the scandal. Top CIA officials have been asked to brief members of the House Intelligence Committee next week on what happened and how the case unfolded.

    “I was contacted by an F.B.I. employee concerned that sensitive, classified information may have been compromised and made certain [FBI] Director Mueller was aware of these serious allegations and the potential risk to our national security,” Cantor said in a statement.

    Petraeus resigned on Friday after 14 months atop the CIA while admitting to an extramarital affair. The announcement stunned Washington, as lawmakers, Obama administration officials and the press scrambled to find out the reasons behind his abrupt departure.

    James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, only learned about the FBI probe on Tuesday, according to news reports. Following discussions with Petraeus, Clapper told the CIA director he should resign. Petraeus then met with President Barack Obama on Thursday to inform him of that decision.

    The informant was brought to Cantor’s attention by Rep. David Reichert (R-Wash.). Reichert declined to comment on his role in the scandal.

    A Cantor aide said Stombres met with FBI officials on Oct. 31 to pass on the allegations about Petraeus.

    Cantor’s office declined to provide more information beyond saying that the New York Times report “was accurate.”

    It is unclear if Cantor told Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) or other top House Republicans - including Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (Mich.) - of the allegations surrounding Petraeus.

    It is also unclear if the informant who Cantor interviewed was tied to Petraeus or any of the other individuals caught up in the scandal.



    a.mann
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