Only two people know how the affair started, but the world knows now about its inglorious end.
Admitting to the extramarital affair, David Petraeus stepped down as director of the CIA on Friday in a surprise move that shocked the intelligence community just days after President Barack Obama was re-elected.
Immediate praise for the man poured in. The president hailed Petraeus’ dedication and patriotism, while leaders from both parties said he would be missed.
It appeared an abrupt end to a spectacularly successful career in public service.
“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,” Petraeus said in a letter to colleagues, explaining his decision to step down.