One of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's press aides has resigned after facilitating what has become a disaster Rolling Stone profile.

The Washington Post reports that Duncan Boothby, a civilian aide to McChrystal, handed in his resignation Tuesday, becoming the first casualty of the controversy.

Boothby was heavily involved in arranging access for journalist Michael Hastings to McChrystal and his staff this year so Hastings could write the profile, titled "The Runaway General."

An official in Kabul confirmed the resignation, speaking on condition of anonymity because it was a personnel issue.

Boothby is not a military officer. He is one of a growing number of civilians hired as press aides for senior military brass as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to generate considerable public interest and controversy.