CIA Director Petraeus Resigns

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By Brett Stolpestad

Central Intelligence Agency director David H. Petraeus unexpectedly announced his resignation Friday after engaging in an extramarital affair, the New York Times reported.

The highly decorated U.S. General sent his letter of resignation to President Obama Thursday, explaining that his actions were unacceptable, both as a husband and the leader of the C.I.A., the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Star Tribune reported that the affair was discovered during and investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to officials.

President Obama was shocked by the unexpected call from Petraeus, having no advanced warning, the Washington Post reported. President Obama accepted the resignation before Petraeus issued his statement.

President Obama praised Petraeus for his decades of service to the U.S. and added that Petraeus's lifetime of service made the United States a safer place, the Washington Post reported.

Deputy director of the C.I.A., Michael J. Morell, will reassume the position of acting director of the C.I.A., a position he held previously after Leon E. Penetta left last year, the New York Times reported.

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