Commander of US-NATO Troops in Afghanistan Ensnared in Petraeus Probe – Sent 20,000 Pages of Documents to Jill Kelley

It’s not clear how serious these accusations are at this time.
The Commander of the US and NATO troops in Afghanistan reportedly sent 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents to Jill Kelley in Florida. Kelley is the Petraeus family friend who was being harassed by Paula Broadwell.

Don’t worry. The FBI is on it.
The Washington Post reported:

The FBI probe into the sex scandal that prompted CIA Director David Petraeus to resign has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday.

According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of documents — most of them e-mails — that contain “potentially inappropriate” communication between Allen and Jill Kelley, the 37-year-old Tampa woman whose report of harassment by a person who turned out to be Petraeus’s mistress ultimately led to Petraeus’s downfall.

Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011. He also served as Petraeus’s deputy when both generals led the military’s Tampa-based Central Command from 2008 until 2010.

The FBI first notified the Pentagon of its investigation into Allen’s communications with Kelley on Sunday evening, according to the senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the pending case.

In response, Pentagon chief Leon E. Panetta referred the investigation on Monday to the Defense Department’s Inspector General for further review, according to a statement released by Panetta early Tuesday as he was traveling to Australia.

The Pentagon did not address the nature of Kelley’s alleged relationship with Allen. But another senior U.S. official, who is close to Allen, strongly denied that the general and Kelley had an affair or engaged in inappropriate communication. Allen and Kelley, who threw parties and other social events involving senior leaders at the Central Command, did exchange “a few hundred emails over a couple of years,” beginning when Allen was the deputy commander at the Central Command, this senior official said. But “most of them were about routine stuff.”

“He’s never been alone with her,” the senior official said. “Did he have an affair? No.”

UPDATE: The Secretary of Defense released this statement on the investigation.

Statement by the Secretary of Defense on General John Allen

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 (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Today, I directed that the matter be referred to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense for investigation, and it is now in the hands of the Inspector General. I have informed the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The House Armed Services Committee has also been notified.

While the matter is under investigation and before the facts are determined, General Allen will remain Commander of ISAF. His leadership has been instrumental in achieving the significant progress that ISAF, working alongside our Afghan partners, has made in bringing greater security to the Afghan people and in ensuring that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists. He is entitled to due process in this matter.

In the meantime, I have asked the President – and the President has agreed – to put his nomination on hold until the relevant facts are determined. I have asked both Senators Levin and 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.

The President has nominated General Joseph Dunford, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, to succeed General Allen at ISAF. I respectfully requested that the Senate act promptly on that nomination.

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  • Granny

    HMMMMM –

    General Ham – Africom
    General Petraeus – CIA
    An Admiral whose name I do not recall in command of a battle group in the Middle East
    General Allen

    All resigned or under investigation (guaranteed to destroy their career) all in the last two months.

    Something really stinks about this. This is more scandal involving the military than we usually have in a decade or more.

  • ponderon

    The purge of our military is under-way,be fearful of the ones left standing…..

  • Sasja

    Delay probe into Benghazi. Discredit witnesses. Keep the great unwashed distracted from the truth about what was really going on.

  • donh

    Destroying the entire military to wipe clean Obama’s soiled behind. This is headded for a Marcus Brutus moment.

  • ★FALCON★

    The FBI is moving at light-speed to get to the bottom of this panty sniffer caper. Meanwhile, Benghazi was caused by a video.

  • ★FALCON★

    #2 November 13, 2012 at 8:11 am
    ponderon commented:

    The purge of our military is under-way,be fearful of the ones left standing…..

    North Korea ain’t got nothing on us.

  • srdem65

    How long does it take to write 20,000 e-mails? What could he possible write to this woman?
    Something stinks.

  • Adirondack Patriot

    Eliminating the Republican competition (i.e., the next Allen West, Scott Brown, etc.) for the 2016 election.

    There will be more to come.

    It’s the Chicago way.

  • owl

    I chose my villian early when I first heard of Kelley. Yep. Stand by my choice.

    Clue. Twin being lawyer to whistleblower, State, and somehow they managed to give a whiff of Repubs/FBI connection blame as to timing. Sure. Tell me more fairy tales while I wait on those F&F eager beaver Repub politicians holding gun running hearings and asking Mother, may I write another letter?

    Why are our politicans neutered?

    They never tried to throw out Holder.
    They gave O extra campaign speech in House to bash them w/primetime.
    They golfed. They caved.
    They gave O the time he needed on cliff.

    They do not see a problem.

    They do not even have a CLUE that the election was stolen.
    They do not have a CLUE they are next.

    They allowed O to evade them for 2 months on Benghazi and turn the entire thing back.

    Geesh………………those nice gentlemen and ladies. (psst it’s okay to now say his middle name out loud because O said it was okay)

  • chris

    Axelrod’s methods have always included digging up dirt and looking for material to disgrace opponents. Combine an imperial presidency, political operatives with the Facebook and Google gang and one sees that our intelligence services are now being employed in building up dossiers on our own people. The clear message here is that your email correspndence and computer use belong to the government. Remember Mr. Schmidt of Google sloughing off criticism of Google’s voracious appetite for all your personl date ith a Stalinesque quip like “If you don’t do anything wrong, you don’t have anything to worry about.” This is a guy slated for major policy role. The assault on privacy and freedom is going full speed with the internet as a tool and we are getting a taste of police power employed by those desiring nearly unlimited power over what you think, eat, with whom you assoiciate, how you pray, where you go, how you make and spend your money.

  • Tired Okie

    smoke screen for what is really going on in middle east. Beware Israel!

  • owl

    Mitt Romney needs to take his concession back. TODAY.

    Will he? Nope. A gentleman plus he is too busy beating himself up.

    Would he get any help from those happy 30 governors and House. Nope. Clueless dumbazzes so scared chitless that they will either be called a birther (that’s a crazy that even I did not jump on when I actually believed it) or a Racist who do not want those minorities to vote. The joke is on them as they are NEXT.

    Romney………………….take it back. FIGHT for us.

  • Chris W.

    20 to 30 THOUSAND pages?

    Assume this is Stephen King we’re talking about, who averages about 600 pages per novel. At 30,000 pages, or 50 books, this guy apparently emailed and/or wrote the equivalent of Stephen King’s entire catalog to this woman.

  • owl

    Even if 100% without exception, voted for Obama in those districts, it did not happen.

    Did I tell ya I won the lottery today?

    That many can not vote without error. It did not happen.

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  • American Woman

    The US Military has been attacked by this administration since it took office. In order for it to dismantle our defense system, it must remove any personnel that actually have allegiance to the US and its principles. Know that 500 retired Generals, Admirals, and military leaders came out with this Washington Times ad in praise of Romney before the election:

    Remember the Rolling Stone piece on General Stanley McChrystal? After that “story”, Obama selected Petraeus almost immediately as McChrystal’s replacement.

    CIA Director Petraeus is responsible for the rules of engagement that bow to Islamic Fascists and have caused so many of our young warriors to be maimed and/or slaughtered in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Obama needs people that will walk in goose-step with him and his ideology; pay allegiance to him and his principles not America’s. Look to see what other “shake-ups” occur now.

    Also, remember the FBI is part of the Justice Dept, which is run by Eric Holder.

    If you get a chance, read this:

  • kato

    The WaPo appears to clarify this seemingly large number of document pages. See the Drudge Report for the link.

    More to the point, Allen and Kelley may have exchanged several thousand emails over a 2-3 year period. Allen and Kelley and their spouses are friends. In the age of the Internet, sending that many emails is not unusual. There are several people that I have exchanges with almost daily, and these exchanges may add up to 5-10 emails from each side almost every day. That’s several thousand emails per year.

    Of course, the content of those emails will determine whether the communication was appropriate for a military commander. But the number doesn’t seem eye-opening at all.

  • liberalsRstupid

    I feel so safe a secure now… The Govt has ONE job (Natl Security) and they cant even do that for crap yet THEY think they can run Healthcare, the Internet, Banks, Meida, Sports Teams, Auto mfg’s, Farming, energy, Nature, etc etc etc etc….

    The many layers of Govt and its Marxist owners are the ENEMY…

    Lawyers OWN the Democrat Party, Unions RUN the Democrat Party, and the Democrats themselves are the useful idiots… Uncle Karl would be so proud…

  • BuddyG

    Whistleblower indeed.

    Lotta whistles.

  • liberalsRstupid

    This corrupt incompetent out of control Govt no longer has my CONSENT….