US Commander in Afghanistan Under Investigation in Petraeus Affair
November 13, 2012 - 6:31 am
The US military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is now under investigation in connection with the affair that ended Gen. David Petraeus’ term atop the Central Intelligence Agency. Petraeus was commander of US forces in Afghanistan prior to accepting the post at the CIA.
A senior defense official confirmed the investigation was due to allegations of inappropriate emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, a close friend of the Petraeus family. Kelley was the woman who originally notified the FBI when she received threatening emails from Petraeus’ mistress Paula Broadwell — that investigation later uncovered the affair.
The nature of the communications between Allen and Kelley remains unclear. The senior defense official said officials are reviewing 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents — mostly emails — between 2010 and 2012. The official would only say “there is the distinct possibility” this case is connected to the Petraeus investigation.
That investigation, it appears, it still ongoing. FBI agents on Monday conducted a search of Broadwell’s home in Charlotte, N.C. FBI agents appeared at Broadwell’s home carrying the kinds of cardboard boxes often used for evidence gathering during a search. They walked through the open garage of Broadwell’s house and knocked at a side door before entering the home, but refused to talk to the media.
Further, Fox News confirms that the FBI agent who originally spurred the Petraeus investigation was taken off the case because authorities grew concerned about his relationship with Kelley. Kelley had alerted this agent to her concerns about the harassing emails from the start, but the agent was removed from the case over the summer because of his behavior, which included sending shirtless photos of himself to Kelley. He now faces an internal investigation.
Jeez. For what it’s worth, Gen. Allen denies any wrongdoing.
More: The Daily Mail says Allen sent 20,000 to 30,000 inappropriate emails to Kelley.
Who has time to send 20,000 to 30,000 emails to anyone?
What person who is commanding a war has time to send 20,000 to 30,000 emails to anyone?