The top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Allen is under investigation for “potentially inappropriate” communications with the woman who sparked the inquiry that led to former CIA Director David Petraeus’s resignation
The FBI provided the Pentagon with 20,000-to-30,000 pages of potentially inappropriate communications between Allen and Jill Kelley, the woman who went to the FBI this summer after receiving threatening e-mails, a senior defense official said. The FBI investigation ultimately uncovered the affair between Petraeus and his biographer Paula Broadwell.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a statement early Tuesday that the FBI had referred the matter to the Pentagon, and Panetta has ordered a Defense Department Inspector General investigation.
Allen will remain U.S. commander in Afghanistan while the matter is under investigation, Panetta, said, but he has request that the Senate “act promptly” to confirm his successor, Gen. Joseph Dunford, who was supposed to take over next year.
Allen’s own nomination to become NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe and head of U.S. European Command has been put on hold by President Obama, Panetta said.
A senior defense official said Allen denies any wrongdoing.