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CIA chief Petraeus resigns over affair uncovered by FBI

WASHINGTON — CIA director and retired Army General David H. ­Petraeus, the accomplished battlefield commander credited with turning around American fortunes in Iraq before retooling the military strategy in Afghanistan, resigned in disgrace on Friday after admitting to an extramarital affair that some specialists suggested could have compromised national security.

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

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