Petraeus Scandal Investigation Uncovers Involvement of U.S. Commander

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By Brett Stolpestad

General John R. Allen, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan has been pulled into to the expanding scandal revolving around former General David Petraeus's extramarital affair, the New York Times reported.

The Washington Post reported that General Allen is currently being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with regards to his "inappropriate communication" with Jill Kelley, a woman from Tampa, Fla. who made reports of harassment from Petraeus's mistress.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta released a statement Tuesday saying that the F.B.I. referred to the Pentagon "a matter involving" General Allen, the New York Times reported. The Inspector General of the Pentagon then conducted an investigation into the 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents, mostly emails, between General Allen and Kelley.

The Pentagon did not make a statement on the nature of the relationship between Kelley and General Allen, both of whom are married, but another senior official close to Allen expressed that they were not having an affair, the Washington Post reported.

Adultery can be considered a crime under military law, but the U.S. senior official assured investigators that the emails between Kelley and Allen were about "routine stuff," the Washington Post reported.

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