November 13, 2012

The top commander in Afghanistan, John Allen, has been swept into the Petraeus-Broadwell maelstrom. The married general had exchanged potentially inappropriate emails with a Florida woman involved in the scandal, according to the Pentagon.

Allen replaced David Petraeus as the commander in Afghanistan and was nominated by Obama in October to be Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. The nomination was put on hold until an investigation of Allen is complete, the LA Times reports.

Early Tuesday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta released a statement indicating he had ordered an investigation of Allen after the FBI discovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of email to Jill Kelley. The 37-year old woman worked as an unpaid social liaison at the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

“At the request of the Secretary of Defense, the President has put on hold his nomination of Gen. Allen as SACEUR pending the investigation of Gen. Allen’s conduct by the Department of Defense IG,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement. “The president 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.”

Ms. Kelley told the FBI she had received threats from Petraeus’ biographer Paula Broadwell, who was involved in an affair with Petraeus. The retired general and CIA director announced his resignation after the affair became public.

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