Citing an extramarital affair and "extremely poor judgment," Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus resigned on Friday.
NBC News reports that multiple sources say that Deputy CIA Director and longtime Agency officer Mike Morrell will be offered the post of acting director and perhaps the job of director at some future time.
Here is the text of Petraeus' resignation letter:
HEADQUARTERS Central Intelligence Agency
9 November 2012
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. 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.
As I depart Langley, I want you to know that it has been the greatest of privileges to have served with you, the officers of our Nation's Silent Service, a work force that is truly exceptional in every regard. Indeed, you did extraordinary work on a host of critical missions during my time as director, and I am deeply grateful to you for that.
Teddy Roosevelt once observed that life's greatest gift is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing. I will always treasure my opportunity to have done that with you and I will always regret the circumstances that brought that work with you to an end.
Thank you for your extraordinary service to our country, and best wishes for continued success in the important endeavors that lie ahead for our country and our Agency.
With admiration and appreciation,
David H. Petraeus
President Barack Obama accepted Petraeus' resignation, which comes at a time of intense scrutiny over both the president's and the CIA's role in the deadly September 11 terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
"David Petraeus has provided extraordinary service to the United States for decades," Obama said. "By any measure, he was one of the outstanding General officers of his generation... [and] as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, he has continued to serve with characteristic intellectual rigor, dedication and patriotism. By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger."
Petraeus, 60, was appointed CIA director by President Barack Obama last April, as incumbent Agency director Leon Panetta was named Secretary of Defense. Prior to his appointment, Petraeus was a 37-year Army veteran who rose to the rank of four-star general and commanded US and allied forces in Iraq and, later, Afghanistan. He was also head of US Central Command. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1974, and two months after graduating he married Holly Knowlton. They have two children, a son and a daughter.