Former CIA Director David Petraeus seeks fresh start with speech


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The Independent US

David Petraeus was due last night to deliver his first speech since he was forced to resign as CIA Director five months ago over an extra-marital affair.

The speech at the University of Southern California was billed as part public apology and part reinvention.

“Needless to say, I join you keenly aware that I am regarded in a different light now than I was a year ago,” Mr Petraeus, below, was expected to say according to a draft seen by The New York Times.

His downfall was swift when in November he admitted to a clandestine relationship with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. “I know that I can never fully assuage the pain that I inflicted on those closest to me and on a number of others,” he will say. “I can, however, try to move forward in a manner that is consistent with the values to which I subscribed before slipping my moorings and, as best as possible, to make amends to those I have hurt and let down.”

Mr Petraeus is believed to have been offered positions by financial houses in New York as well as by policy think-tanks. It is known that he privately gave support to Barack Obama’s choice of John Brennan to be the new CIA Director.