David Petraeus Scandal Explained in 5 Clicks

Infidelity! Threatening emails! A shirtless FBI agent! PEOPLE breaks down the bizarre news reports of events that toppled the head of the CIA


Last week, retired General David Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA, citing infidelity. What's the story behind the married military man's betrayal? In about November 2011, Petraeus – the former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan – began an affair with a married writer, Paula Broadwell. (That was a couple of months after he retired from the military and became head of the CIA.) The pair first met back in 2006 and would spend a lot of time together traveling the world while Broadwell worked on Petraeus's biography, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.