Top General Emailed Woman in Petraeus Scandal
Pentagon investigating John Allen's links to Jill Kelley
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2012 1:24 AM CST
Updated Nov 13, 2012 7:41 AM CST
This July 22, 2012 photo shows Gen. John Allen, top commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) and US forces in Afghanistan, during an interview in Kabul.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)

(Newser) – David Petraeus' sex scandal just got a lot bigger. The Pentagon has revealed that it is investigating Gen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, for allegedly sending "inappropriate communications" to Jill Kelley, Petraeus' other other woman. The FBI referred the matter to the Pentagon on Sunday, Leon Panetta tells the AP. Allen, who is married, will remain as commander of the International Security Assistance Force. But Politico reveals that his nomination to be NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe has been placed on hold, at Panetta's request.

A senior Pentagon official says 20,000 to 30,000 pages, mostly emails, from Allen's communications with Kelley between 2010 and 2012 are under review. He wouldn't comment on their contents, but Reuters reports that the volume alone is enough to raise eyebrows: an exchange of an average of 30 pages of communication daily. "Even if the notes were short, such intense interaction might have consumed a lot of Allen's time," it notes. Echoed Ret. Gen. James Marks on CNN this morning, "That’s a heck of a lot of time behind the computer sending notes to a party planner, from a senior officer who has, obviously, a bunch of things on his plate." The Pentagon official says "Gen. Allen disputes that he has engaged in any wrongdoing in this matter."

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Top US Commander in Afghanistan Probed in Petraeus Scandal is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 32 comments
Nov 13, 2012 7:39 PM CST
OK!!!..WE GET IT!!...Petraeus is off the hook as far as having to testify on the Benghazi, Lybia incident. His 'resignation" was accepted by Obama quicker than quick. Just leave it at that and don't make us believe other BS. Your'e trying too hard to make it look like something else and looking pretty bad right about now. Most people believe blindly what the Goverment says anyway so, let's just leave it at that.
Nov 13, 2012 1:35 PM CST
I have a question. Why did the FBI get involved in a complaint from an unpaid, volunteer social planner (Kelley) at McDill AFB involving so-called threatening emails from a private citizen (Broadwell) over a mutual boyfriend? If any of us had contacted the FBI and made such a complaint, we would have been told to get over it or to call the local police. And then for the FBI to go through people's (Petraeus, Broadwell and possibly Kelley) emails to find the evidence. Did they even get search warrants? Then for the matter to be referred to the Pentagon for further investigation of another of Kelley's many boyfriends (Allen)? And this investigation has been going on for months with AG Holder knowing about it but not telling his (and Petraeus') boss, 0bama? With the news of this just happening to leak out 3 days after the election? And just a few days before Petraeus was due to testify to Congress about 0bama's cover-up of Benghazi-Gate to explain the lies he had previously told the Committee? Petraeus, the guy who 0bama cared so little about that he refused to swear him in to office as CIA Director, and had VP Biden do it instead. Are We the People, supposed to believe any of this?
Nov 13, 2012 1:22 PM CST
Is it just me or is it weird that people in charge of super top security national secrets use email to communicate about their own "secrets"?