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ISAF Commander Gen. John Allen is under investigation after allegedly sending inappropriate emails to a woman linked with the scandal which resulted in the recent resignation of CIA head General David Petraeus.

The nomination of the U.S. commander of the war in Afghanistan to run NATO and U.S. European Command — perhaps the Pentagon’s most prestigious overseas posting — has been delayed because the four-star Marine general is now being investigated for emails from the woman who alerted the FBI and led to the revelation that CIA chief David Petraeus was having an affair.

Out of the country and several miles safely over the Pacific aboard his Doomsday plane, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta early Tuesday decided to halt, at least temporarily, the nomination of General John Allen as NATO military chief. “I have asked the President – and the President has agreed – to put his nomination on hold until the relevant facts are determined,” Panetta said in a statement. “I have asked both Senators [Carl] Levin and [John] McCain that the confirmation hearing on General Allen’s pending nomination to be Commander of United States European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe be delayed.”

(MORE: Petraeus to Face a Court-Martial?)

The FBI has found between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of communications, largely emails from 2010 to 2012, between Allen and Jill Kelley, a long-time friend of the Petraeus family and a Tampa, Fla., volunteer social liaison with military families at MacDill Air Force Base, a U.S. official told reporters traveling with Panetta to Australia. They included “potentially inappropriate” communications, and the sheer volume is extraordinary. Pentagon officials are dumb-founded and wonder if any additional cases are out there, ticking away.

Allen spent three years at MacDill — headquarters of the U.S. Central Command — (as Petraeus’ deputy there from 2008 to 2010) before leaving Tampa to take over command of the Afghan war from Petraeus. Allen, who is married, has denied any wrongdoing. Panetta has handed the investigation over to the Defense Department’s inspector general. “He is entitled to due process in this matter,” the defense secretary said.

Kelley complained about harassing emails from the woman with whom Petraeus had had an affair, Paula Broadwell, that prompted an FBI investigation, leading to Petraeus quitting the CIA post last Friday. Allen’s Senate hearing to become Supreme Allied Commander Europe and NATO military chief had been slated for Thursday.

MORE: Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus’ Biographer and Alleged Mistress

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BenitoNavarro
BenitoNavarro

Dang now I know why our country has been going down the tubes.

PlumbLine
PlumbLine

Romans 3:9.......What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin..........Romans 3:23.....for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,.../

PlumbLine
PlumbLine

Proverbs 7:25-27..........25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,Do not stray into her paths;26 For she has cast down many wounded,And all who were slain by her were strong men.

dabcol
dabcol

Allen has been the victim of impersonation by scammers for many years. Do a Google search on John Allen romance scam

Marky_D_Sodd
Marky_D_Sodd

Allen and Petraeus are both registered Red Americans. 

What a surprise.

Fla4Me
Fla4Me

This story sure has legs....hang on the ride is just getting started.

RaimoKangasniemi
RaimoKangasniemi

30 000 emails in three years? Where did Allen find time to do some soldiering?

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