David Petraeus resigns as CIA director on the Friday after the election

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Briefing: Bloomberg. (Spencer T. Tucker via flickr)
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It was just a little more than a month ago that David Petraeus denied rumors that he was leaving his position as director of the Central Intelligence Agency to go run Princeton University, saying that he was "living the dream."

A week ago, the New York Times reported that the former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq had developed a good rapport with President Obama because of his discretion, but that after the attack on Benghazi, his low profile had "left a void that has been filled by a news media and Congressional furor over whether it could have been prevented."

Today, Petraeus resigned from his post, citing an extramarital affair and "poor judgment." Obama thanked him for his "extraordinary service" to the country.

Petraeus' colleagues expressed shock, but their shock was over the affair, not necessarily the resignation, because affairs are particularly problematic in the espionage business.

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"By acknowleding an extramarital affair, Mr. Petraeus, 60, was confronting a sensitive issue for a spy chief," Michael Shear wrote in the Times. "Intelligence agencies are often concerned about the possibility that agents who engage in such behavior could be blackmailed for information."

Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter to write that he is suspicious about the timing and "everything."

In terms of the timing, the fact that is has come out on the Friday afternoon after the election certainly suggests a preconceived plan to control the damage.

In terms of whether the resignation really is over the affair, for now there are only questions. And this.

Washington

Barack Obama will visit New York City to see areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy. [Larry McShane]

Bloomberg: "I didn't ask him to not come." [Colin Campbell]

One paper wonders if he'll visit Staten Island. [Ken Paulsen]

Hillary Clinton 2016 etc. [Kristen Lee]

City Hall / 2013

MTA chief Joe Lhota apologized for suggesting that Bloomberg acted "like an idiot" for predicting subway service would be returned quickly. [David Seifman]

Gristedes owner John Catsimatidis will fight the tax breaks given to his online rival, FreshDirect. [Erik Engquist]

Jose Peralta said there's no deal to get the support of rival Leroy Comrie in exchange for a job in his borough hall. [Chris Bragg]

Albany

Cuomo is totally not watching that State Senate thing. [@DanaRubinstein]

Romney carried fewer counties in New York than McCain. [Joseph Spector]

Recounting in the SD-46 race will start on Tuesday. [Rick Karlin]

Sharpton canceled a public meeting but will have a private one next week with state senators. [Ken Lovett]

Sharpton's excuse for canceling the meeting is probably more about optics for Senate Democrats than a concern about a "media circus." [Nick Reisman]

More on how Cuomo's agenda "could hinge" on the State Senate. [Nick Reisman]