Pentagon Clears Gen. John Allen in Email Inquiry

He violated no rules in messages to Jill Kelley

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 22, 2013 5:50 PM CST

(Newser) – The scandal centering on Tampa socialite Jill Kelley may have brought down David Petraeus, but another general—John Allen—will survive. The Pentagon's inspector general pored over the trove of emails between Allen and Kelley and concluded that he did nothing unbecoming of an officer, reports the Washington Post. Some of the emails were apparently a little racy, but that was as far as it went.

"He was completely exonerated," one US official tells the Post. Allen currently serves as the top US commander in Afghanistan, and his nomination to become head of US and NATO forces in Europe was put on hold when the scandal broke. No word yet on whether the nomination will move forward, reports NPR.

Gen. John Allen in a file photo.
Gen. John Allen in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak/file)
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