Top US commander in Afghanistan now under investigation in connection with David Petraeus scandal

By Daniel S Levine,

As the media continues to learn new details of former CIA director David Petraeus’ sex scandal, multiple sources are reporting that Gen. John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan and Petraeus’ successor, could now be involved. Allen reportedly sent thousands of emails to the woman who eventually led the FBI to discovering evidence of an affair between Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

An unnamed senior defense official told Reuters, Fox News and other organizations that the FBI is investigating 20,000 to 30,000 emails between Allen and Jill Kelley from 2010 to 2012. Kelley has been called a longtime friend of the Petraeus family. She was a volunteer social liaison for families at the MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, FL.

It was Kelley’s complaints that she had received harassing emails from Broadwell that eventually led the FBI to discovering evidence that Petraeus had an affair with Broadwell. Petraeus ultimately decided to resign from his job as CIA director, which President Obama accepted on Friday.

“We are concerned about inappropriate communications. We are not going to speculate as to what is contained in these documents,” the senior official told Reuters.

According to CNN, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta did issue a statement on the matter, which read, “On Sunday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation referred to the Department of Defense a matter involving General John Allen, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (or ISAF) in Afghanistan...Today, the secretary directed that the matter be referred to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense for investigation.”

The statement noted that Allen’s nomination to become NATO’s supreme commander was put on hold, but he will keep his position as the top commander in Afghanistan. Obama has already nominated Allen’s successor, Gen. Joseph Dunford.

It is still not clear how Allen is connected to the Petraeus investigation. An official only told CNN that there is a “distinct possibility.”

An added piece of drama was also revealed by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. Questions about the FBI agent who pursued the investigation into Petraeus are being raised, as it has been revealed that the agent was a friend of Kelley’s and even sent her a shirtless photo of himself. At one point, he was forced out of the case, but continued to pursue, even telling a member of Congress about the investigation.

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