U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday accepted the resignation of David Petraeus, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to a White House statement.
In a statement released shortly after media reports about Petraeus's resignation, Obama confirmed his acceptance of the resignation and hailed Petraeus's "extraordinary service" to the country for decades.
In particular, Obama said Petraeus had helped the U.S. military adapt to new challenges and led the servicemen through "a remarkable period of service" in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"I am completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission," said the president.
Petraeus said in a statement that he had submitted a letter of resignation to Obama on Thursday and was accepted Friday afternoon. He also admitted he had an extramarital affair.
"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," Petraeus said.
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