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Petraeus resigns from CIA

Today multiple news organizations announced Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus has stepped down in light of an extra-marital affair.

CIA Director David Petraeus (center) testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Petraeus is a decorated war veteran who has served in a number of different roles — most notably as Commander of the United States Central Command and subsequently as Commander of the U.S. and ISAF forces in Afghanistan. Petraeus replaced Leon Panetta (now Secretary of Defense) and only served in his role as CIA director for a little over a year.

Director Petraeus resigned in a letter to staff, which can be read in full here.

The White House released an official statement that replacing Petraeus, at least for now, will be Deputy Director Mike Morell. Morell is a thirty plus year veteran of the CIA and is said to have been “the head of the Osama Bin Laden raid team,” according to a 2011 Vanity Fair article about the now infamous undercover mission that killed Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. NBC News reports that Morell was traveling with President George W. Bush the day he received news of the September 11th attacks in 2001.

Morell’s official biography states that he began his Agency career as an analyst who “tracked international energy issues, and subsequently worked for 14 years as an analyst and manager on East Asia.”