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Scandal widens in probe of top US general's emails

This July 22, 2012, file photo shows U.S. Gen. John Allen, top commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, during an interview with The Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Pentagon says Gen. John Allen is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with Jill Kelley, the woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom former CIA Director David Petraeus had an extramarital affair. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the FBI referred the matter to the Pentagon on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. Panetta says he ordered a Pentagon investigation of Allen on Monday.

This July 22, 2012, file photo shows U.S. Gen. John Allen, top commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, during an interview with The Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Pentagon says Gen. John Allen is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with Jill Kelley, the woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom former CIA Director David Petraeus had an extramarital affair. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the FBI referred the matter to the Pentagon on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. Panetta says he ordered a Pentagon investigation of Allen on Monday.

WASHINGTON — The sex scandal that led to CIA Director David Petraeus' downfall widened Tuesday, ensnaring another acclaimed military figure with word the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with a woman who received threatening emails from Petraeus' girlfriend.

Even as the FBI prepared a timeline of its investigation that brought to light David Petraeus' extramarital affair, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed that the Pentagon had begun an internal investigation into thousands of pages of emails from Gen. John Allen to a second woman involved in the Petraeus case.

Allen succeeded Petraeus as the top American commander in Afghanistan in July 2011, and his nomination to become the next commander of U.S. European Command and the commander of NATO forces in Europe has now been put on hold.

In a White House statement early Tuesday, National Security spokesman Tommy Vietor said President Barack Obama has held Allen's nomination at Panetta's request. Obama, the statement said, "remains focused on fully supporting our extraordinary troops and coalition partners in Afghanistan, who Gen. Allen continues to lead as he has so ably done for over a year."

Meanwhile, FBI agents searched the home of Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' biographer, with whom he had an affair that led to his abrupt resignation Friday. It was Broadwell's threatening emails to Jill Kelley, a Florida woman who is a Petraeus family friend, that led to the FBI's discovery of communications between Broadwell and Petraeus indicating they were having an affair.

A Pentagon official said 20,000 to 30,000 pages of emails and other documents from Allen's communications with Kelley between 2010 and 2012 are under review. He would not say whether they involved sexual matters or whether they are thought to include unauthorized disclosures of classified information. He said he did not know whether Petraeus is mentioned in the emails.

Allen has denied any wrongdoing.

The new details in the case brought expressions of amazement in Congress, already in an uproar over the probe that has roiled the intelligence and military establishment.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called the case "a Greek tragedy.

"It's just tragic," King said on NBC's "Today" show. "This has the elements in some ways of a Hollywood movie or a trashy novel."

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billybob 1 year, 8 months ago

Havin seen the photos of Patreaus' wife and the woman he was having an affair with, I understand. Not condoning, but I understand.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

Good luck getting to the bottom of all this, Congress. Of course the Senate and the White House have no interest in revealing the TRUTH, only obfuscating it. That worked pretty good for the election.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

What absolutely amazes me is that this guy got caught cold with his own communication trail on an internet account. For goodness sake, this fellow is supposed to be the smartest, slyest, sharpest knife in the drawer. More degrees than a thermometer, military genius, intelligence (did I say intelligence?) strategist par excellence, rapier wit, politician without equal. The moral equivalent of Thomas Aquinas. And he gets caught with his pants down and by his own dumb hand. You would think the director of the CIA would at least set up a nom de guerre with a few hidden code words. But no, he's got to have a private email account where he talks dirty and uses titillating details then sign his name. Go figure.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

"Intelligence" with a capital "I". Not that you need any in this Administration. This whole thing stinks like there are a couple of rotten fish in Obama's Denmark.

Did you notice that "D-E-N-M-A-R-K" and "C-H-I-C-A-G-O" have the same number of letters? Factor in a code scheme based on "6-6-6" and you may have a real hum dinger in the works here!!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

In General Allen's picture above, he appears to be describing that "when it's big, it comes up to about right here.............!"

Or something similar.

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badheavychevy 1 year, 8 months ago

I just wonder if these Generals are spilling very important to these women while they are cheating......

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