Ex-CIA boss Petraeus apologizes for affair

  • Former CIA chief David Petraeus apologized for the "mistake" that triggered his resignation last year as he made his first public speech since resigning over an extramarital affair.

    Addressing a military audience in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the four-star general expressed his regret for the "pain" caused by his relationship with his biographer Paula Broadwell.

    "I join you, keenly aware, that I am regarded in a different light now than I was a year ago," General Petraeus said to over 600 veterans and military students hosted by the University of Southern California.

    "I am also keenly aware that the reason for my recent journey was my own doing. So please allow me to begin my remarks this evening by reiterating how deeply I regret, and apologize for the circumstances that led me to my resignation from the CIA and caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters,” he added.

    Petraeus stepped down on November 9 as head of the CIA after admitting to an affair with Broadwell, a counter-terrorism expert and lieutenant-colonel.

    The FBI discovered the affair after Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite and friend of the Petraeus family, asked investigators to look into threatening emails that turned out to be from an apparently jealous Broadwell.

    Petraeus has kept a low profile over the past five months.

    He has reportedly received offers from the financial community and is also exploring positions in academia.

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