London, Nov. 10 (ANI): The Director of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), David Petraeus has dramatically resigned from his post, after admitting that he had an extramarital affair with his biographer.
Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' biographer has been named in unconfirmed reports as the woman he had an affair with.
The former Army commander, who led US forces in both Afghanistan and Iraq before taking charge of America's top intelligence agency, was under investigation by federal agents over concerns that the affair could pose a national security risk.
"After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behaviour is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organisation such as ours," The Telegraph quoted Petraeus' resignation to President Obama, as stating.
According to the paper, the FBI probe looked into allegations that Petraeus was involved in a sexual relationship with Broadwell, an author to whom he granted unprecedented access while posted in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.
Reports also claimed that Broadwell was being investigated by the FBI over accessing Petraeus' email, the paper said.
Before becoming a journalist, Broadwell served in the military for 15 years and, like the general, is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, the paper added. (ANI)