Central Intelligence Agency Director and drone warfare advocate David Petraeus announced last week that he will be stepping down as the Nation’s top spy after details of an extramarital affair emerged.
“Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA,” he wrote in a resignation letter.
“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. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation,” he wrote.
Petraeus became CIA director in April 2011, replacing Leon Panetta, who moved to the Pentagon to become defense secretary. Some sources indicate that deputy CIA director and a longtime CIA officer, Mike Morrell, will take over Petraeus’ position within the agency.
During his tenure at the CIA, Petraeus oversaw the Barack Obama Administration’s aggressive counterterrorism campaign, using increased armed unmanned drones in Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The aggressive drone policy has been cited for examinations by the United Nations and other international entities for the possibility of war crimes in instances where civilian death tolls tallied high.