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Petraeus making 1st speech since leaving CIA

FILE – I this Feb. 2, 2012 file photo, CIA Director David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The former CIA director is making his first public speech since resigning in November over an extramarital affair. The former four-star general is speaking Tuesday night at a University of Southern California event honoring the military. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

FILE – I this Feb. 2, 2012 file photo, CIA Director David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The former CIA director is making his first public speech since resigning in November over an extramarital affair. The former four-star general is speaking Tuesday night at a University of Southern California event honoring the military. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Petraeus was greeted with applause and a standing ovation as he gave his first public speech after his resignation as head of the CIA following the disclosure of an extramarital affair.

He spoke to an audience with many veterans at the University of Southern California’s annual ROTC dinner on Tuesday night.

The affair with the retired four-star general’s biographer, Paula Broadwell, was discovered during an FBI investigation into emails she sent to another woman she viewed as a rival for his attention.

Petraeus is the military leader credited with reshaping the nation’s counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Associated Press

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