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David Petraeus resigns as director of CIA

November 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
CIA Director David Petraeus has resigned after admitting he had an extramarital affair.

Petraeus submitted his letter of resignation to President Barack Obama on Friday, according to a statement by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper.

The president accepted the resignation, saying the general has "made our country safer and stronger."

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

Petraeus took the director's post in September 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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