(Nov. 9, 2012) CIA chief Petraeus steps down, having failed to keep his drone in his pants
General David H. Petraeus, the head of America's Central Intelligence Agency, resigned just days after the election after issuing a statement saying he had engaged in an extramarital affair.
"By acknowleding an extramarital affair, Mr. Petraeus, 60, was confronting a sensitive issue for a spy chief," reports the New York Times. "Intelligence agencies are often concerned about the possibility that agents who engage in such behavior could be blackmailed for information."
In an email to Wired's national security blog Danger Room, a former confidant says of the disgraced general, "He feels that he screwed up. He did a dishonorable thing and needed to try to do the honorable thing."
The source says the affair began after Petraeus retired from the military and became CIA director. Petraeus is a retired four-star U.S. Army general, and was once considered a possible presidential candidate.