CIA Director David Petraeus resigned after a probe into whether someone else was using his email led to the discovery that he was having an extramarital affair.
By DEVLIN BARRETT, SIOBHAN GORMAN and JULIAN E. BARNES to WSJ
A Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into use of Mr. Petraeus’s Gmail account led agents to believe the woman or someone close to her had sought access to his email, the people said.
There is a long list of leaders felled by allegations of personal or ethical lapses in recent years, including the CIA’s David Petraeus and Lockheed Martin’s Christopher Kubasik.
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Multiple officials familiar with the investigation identified the woman as the author of a biography on Mr. Petraeus.
It was the second national-security revelation to come to light in the two days after President Barack Obama won re-election. On Wednesday, the Pentagon acknowledged that Iranian fighter planes had fired on an unmanned reconnaissance drone five days before the election. Some Republicans on Capitol Hill were irked that the administration waited so long to make the incident public, while administration officials said they didn’t talk about the attack because the drone program was secret.
Mr. Petraeus’s resignation also comes at a time when the CIA is embroiled in controversy surrounding the events of Sept. 11, 2012, when four Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. After weeks of conflicting accounts of what happened that night, the CIA acknowledged it had played a central role in gathering intelligence and providing security for the U.S. presence there.
Mr. Petraeus was scheduled to testify before the Senate intelligence committee next week. Michael Morell, who was named acting director of the CIA after Mr. Petraeus’s resignation, will appear instead.
The resignation, which stunned the nation’s capital, represented a fall for a man who had been one of the most celebrated military leaders of his time, a four-star general credited with turning the tide in Iraq and reversing the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan.