By Sarah Barchus
A top military agent is under investigation for allegedly sending inappropriate emails to a woman who is thought to be linked to the affair scandal surrounding CIA Director David Petraeus, the Cable News Network reported.
Gen. John Allen, commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force, is the subject of an investigation involving 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents, many of them emails, that were sent to Jill Kelly, a married woman with children, who was seen as a rival for Petraues's attentions by the woman he had an affair with, Paula Broadwell, a defense official said, The New York Times reported.
Allen will remain commander in Afghanistan during the investigation, but Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asked President Obama to delay Allen's nomination to Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, CNN reported.
Kelly went to the FBI last summer after she received harassing emails from who turned out to be Broadwell. Those emails led the FBI to review Broadwell's email account, where evidence of her affair with Petraeus was discovered. Apparently, Broadwell's saw Kelly as competition for Petraeus's attention, which prompted her to send the emails, The New York Times reported.
The defense official said Panetta was informed Sunday that the FBI had emails between Allen and Kelly. The Pentagon is currently reviewing the messages, The New York Times reported.
It was not clear Tuesday how Allen may be connected to the Petraeus investigation, CNN reported.