Petraeus' scandal ensnares General John Allen

Petraeus' scandal ensnares General John Allen

Washington : DC : USA | Nov 13, 2012 at 5:31 AM PST
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The enlarging scandal that led to the fall of ex-CIA director David Petraeus has caught up one of the United States’ most powerful generals. General John Allen, who is the top commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, is under investigation for allegedly establishing inappropriate communication with Jill Kelley, the woman who bonded to the scandal a day ago.

"On Sunday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation referred to the Department of Defense a matter involving General John Allen, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (or ISAF) in Afghanistan," a statement from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, according to CNN. "Today, the secretary directed that the matter be referred to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense for investigation."

The deplorable exposure suggests that the scandal could augment like a snowball, catching up more important people than previously contemplated.

According to reports, the FBI has so far exposed around 30,000 pages of communication between Allen and Kelley, who has worked as a volunteer social coordinator with military families at MacDill Air Force Base and has also been a friend of the Petraeus family. The communications consist chiefly of emails exchanged between the two persons from 2010 to 2012.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has said that Allen will continue working on his position as the probe proceeds. Panetta asked in his statement that Allen’s recommendation to become NATO's supreme allied commander be frozen.

The steep number of communications between Allen and Kelley alone could raise questions. On average, they were exchanging at least 30 pages of communication per day. Such deep communications might have consumed much of the commander’s time.

It was Kelley’s complaint to the FBI about threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus was having extramarital affair, which led to a probe, eventually discovering the former CIA director’s relationship with Broadwell.

Moreover, a video of a speech by Broadwell has floated up. In the video, she hints that the Benghazi consulate attack was actually aiming for a covert prison situated at the consulate annex, prompting unconfirmed concerns regarding likely security seep outs.

"I don't know if a lot of you have heard this, but the CIA annex had actually taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to get these prisoners back," the video shows Broadwell saying during a speech last month at the University of Denver.

Kamran Ahmed is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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