Petreaus' Extra-Marital Affair Named: His Biographer

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A scandal has cost CIA Director David Petraeus his job.

Several U.S. officials say the former general carried on an affair with his biographer and reserve Army officer Paula Broadwell.

The officials say the FBI discovered the relationship by monitoring Petraeus' emails, after being alerted Broadwell may have had access to his personal email account. Broadwell hasn't responded to voice mail or email messages seeking comment.

Petraeus, who turned 60 on Wednesday, told CIA employees in a statement that he had met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday and asked to be allowed to resign. On Friday, the president accepted. Petraeus calls his conduct "extremely poor judgment."

Petreaus and his wife have two children. Their son led an infantry platoon in Afghanistan.

He's being widely praised by Democrats and Republicans for his service. The president said Petraeus is "one of the outstanding general officers of his generation."