Politics

U.S. General John Allen Sent Inappropriate Emails to Petraeus' Family Friend Jill Kelley

| by Michael Allen

The sex scandal involving former CIA director David Petraeus and his alleged mistress Paula Broadwell has widened.

Petraeus' family friend Jill Kelley, who turned Broadwell into the FBI, has reportedly received shirtless emails from an FBI agent and thousands of inappropriate emails from General John Allen, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon’s inspector general is reportedly examining 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents, including many emails between Allen and Kelley. If General Allen, who is married, is found to have engaged in an affair, a crime in the military, he faces being court martialed, reports the Daily Mail.

An unidentified FBI offical said the "inappropriate communications" (emails) between General Allen and Kelley date from 2010 to 2012, reports the New York Times. Allen referred to Kelley in the emails as "sweetheart."

President Obama was expected to nominate General Allen to become the commander of American forces in Europe and the supreme commander of NATO. However, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that nomination has been placed on hold.

The alleged Petraeus-Broadwell affair came to light after Kelley complained of “harassing” emails from Broadwell, which some officials have recently described as "cat fights" over who was more emotionally important to Petraeus.

On Monday night, FBI agents searched Broadwell’s home in Charlotte, North Carolina. FBI agents took away two computers and about 10 boxes, reports MSNBC News.