Petraeus Sex Scandal Expands To Include Afghanistan Commander



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 documents — most of them e-mails — of “potentially inappropriate” communications between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman whose close relationship with Petraeus ultimately led to his 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.

Allen will remain in command in Afghanistan for now, no doubt awaiting selection for his replacement.

Let’s consider, for a moment, the scope of the communications we’re talking about. Emails running to tens of thousands of pages is a lot of emailing, making me wonder how much time General Allen was spending on his job duties and how much time he was spending emailing with his mistress.

What a mess.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Mike Quinn

    Somehow Obama, and Heidi are behind this. I am not sure how, but before the day is over some right wing dinger will explain it. Obviously Obama should have known about it before it happened, and Heidi should have told him. This is what happens when you elect a Kenyan, socialist, Marxist, community organizer that wants affordable health care. Will Fox give up on the Bengazi spin and try to spin this?

  • ellinas1

    Obama did it with Bill Clinton’s help.Heitkamp is a co-conspirator, as she recruited the females that led to the downfall of the generals. Now Obama can be dictator for life.
    The nightmare of the conservatives becomes reality.
    My God! There goes our America. Them liberal marxocommunists succeeded.
    Quick. Everybody run to your bunkers.

  • WOOF

    Central Command in Tampa has been infiltrated by geezer groupies.
    The whole operation needs to be moved to Quonset huts north of the DEW line.
    They’re having too much fun.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    It’s hilarious how many conspiracy theories are developing around this, for some on the right who have bet everything on Benghazi.

  • borborygmi

    Keep it in your pants and you won’t get into trouble. Advice from the 7th grade health teacher , sound advice in judgeing by the mess. That and towel off everything but leave you butt for last………

  • Neiman

    It was meant to be very hard to prevent disasters based on temporary emotions. What worries me is why any conservative wants it to be easier.

  • sbark

    Seems to be alot of Obama top military Generals…….being commanded by their privates……….(rush)