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Gen Allen Swapped 1000s Of Emails With Kelley

From the New York Times:

Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Is Linked to Petraeus Scandal

By ELISABETH BUMILLER | November 13, 2012

PERTH, Australia — Gen. John Allen, the top American and NATO commander in Afghanistan, is under investigation for what a senior defense official said early Tuesday was “inappropriate communication’’ with Jill Kelley, the woman in Tampa, Fla., who was seen as a rival for David H. Petraeus’s attentions by Paula Broadwell, who had an extramarital affair with Mr. Petraeus.

In a statement released to reporters on his plane en route to Australia early Tuesday, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said that the F.B.I. on Sunday had referred “a matter involving” General Allen to the Pentagon.

Does the FBI routinely investigate "inappropriate communications"?

Mr. Panetta turned the matter over to the Pentagon’s inspector general to conduct an investigation into what the defense official said were 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents, many of them e-mails between General Allen and Ms. Kelley, who is married and has children.

Of course, 20,000 to 30,000 pages of communications does seem inappropriate. Especially since General Allen was supposed to be running a war at the time.

So even if this isn’t a sex scandal, it sure seems to be a ‘goofing off from the job’ scandal.

Asked if the F.B.I. had determined that there was criminal action involved, the defense official replied, “That is for the F.B.I. to discuss.” The official, who briefed reporters on Mr. Panetta’s plane, said that “there is the distinct possibility” that the e-mails were connected to an ongoing F.B.I. investigation into Mr. Petraeus and Ms. Broadwell.

Unless Gen. Allen was having an affair with Mrs. Kelly, or unless Gen. Petraeus was giving away secrets, or unless Mrs. Broadwell was threatening Mrs. Kelley with physical harm, there still is no evidence of any crime here.

The defense official said that General Allen, who is also married, told Pentagon officials he had done nothing wrong

But the Pentagon inspector general’s investigation opens up what could be a widening scandal into two of the most prominent generals of their generation: Mr. Petraeus, who was the top commander in Iraq and Afghanistan before he retired from the military and became director of the C.I.A., only to resign on Friday because of the affair, and General Allen, who also served in Iraq and now commands 68,000 American troops in Afghanistan…

A cynical person might suggest that this is a handy way to keep both men from objecting to the winding down of the war in Afghanistan and the war on terror in general, as well as the massive defense cuts that are coming down the pike.

The only person left to complain would be Leon Panetta, and he is already headed for the exit.

Although General Allen will remain the commander in Afghanistan, Mr. Panetta said that he had asked President Obama to put on hold the general’s nomination to be the commander of American forces in Europe and the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, two positions he was to move into after what was expected to be easy confirmation by the Senate. Mr. Panetta said in his statement that Mr. Obama agreed with his request…

Why, if he has done nothing wrong?

The defense official said that the e-mails between Ms. Kelley and General Allen spanned the years 2010 to 2012. The official could not explain why there were so many pages of e-mails and did not specify their content. The official said he could not explain how the e-mails between Ms. Kelley and General Allen were related to the e-mails between Mr. Petraeus and Ms. Broadwell and e-mails between Ms. Broadwell and Ms. Kelley…

Maybe they were working on a spec script for a TV series: ‘The Real Housewives of West Point.’

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Gen Allen Swapped 1000s Of Emails With Kelley”

  1. wirenut says:

    Is nothing sacred anymore?

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