Petraeus began affair after taking CIA job: Friend
WASHINGTON (AP) - Retired General David Petraeus began an affair with his biographer last year, two months after he became Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, a former top aide said on Monday, adding that the former general is "devastated."
The sudden resignation of Gen Petraeus on Friday after a stellar and disciplined career stunned Washington, and members of Congress have asked whether national security was compromised and why they were not told sooner.
"It was like a lightning bolt," Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on TV programme "Fox News Sunday".
Gen Petraeus had been scheduled to appear before congressional committees on Thursday to testify about the Sept 11 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including US Ambassador Chris Stevens.