David Petraeus to publicly apologize for affair with biographer

General David Petraeus
Photo Credit: New York Times

Former Central Intelligence Agency Director Gen. David Petraeus will publicly apologize Tuesday evening for the extramarital affair that led to his resignation.

Petraeus will speak to veterans and ROTC cadets at the University of Southern California about his plans to work on “energy, economic and veteran’s issues” in the public and private sector, The New York Times reported.

Petraeus, though, will acknowledge the affair with author Paula Broadwell and address the “’personal journey’ he has undergone since his resignation,” The Times story said.

The newspaper received an advance copy of Petraeus’ speech, in which he is expected to say:

Needless to say, I join you keenly aware that I am regarded in a different light now than I was a year ago.

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 resign from the C.I.A. and caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters.

Petraeus’ Nov. 9 resignation was a sad end to an illustrious military career. But though he hasn’t been seen much publicly since admitting the affair with Broadwell, Petraeus is ready to “move forward” and work with U.S. veterans, according to the story:

“There is often a view that, because an individual was a great soldier, he or she will naturally do well in and transition effortlessly to the civilian world,” Mr. Petraeus will say while listing some of the nonprofit veterans groups he is supporting. “In reality, the transition from military service to civilian pursuits often is quite challenging.”

Read more from The New York Times here.


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