The trickle-down effect from the infidelity of former CIA head David Petraeus has turned the federal gaze on the man hired to succeed him.
Gen. John Allen, top commander for the U.S. in Afghanistan, has been pulled into the scandal as email correspondence with Jill Kelley—the woman who blew the lid off of Petraeus' cheating story—is now being investigated.
Defense Secretary Leon Penetta announced in a statement Tuesday (Nov. 13) that he ordered further inquiry into their relationship.
This tangled political web of deceit launched after Petraeus started cheating on his wife with writer, Paula Broadwell, who was penning his autobiography. Broadwell, a married 37-year-old mother of three, sent threatening emails to Kelley over her relationship with Petraeus. The FBI got involved investigating the threat of potential cyber harassment, only to take a deeper look into Kelley's email correspondence with Allen.
Now federal investigators are looking into the possibility that the two were engaging in inappropriate behavior via email. Allen denied any wrongdoing but a senior defense official revealed that the messages, sent between 2010 and 2012, were “potentially inappropriate and they bare looking into.”
Authorities are combing through 20,000-30,000 documents connected to the situation, and continued their inquiry into the Petraeus scandal, by searching Broadwell's home late Monday (Nov. 12).
Aside from the embarrassment of two of the nation's decorated military leaders embroiled in a cheating debacle, there is also a potential security breach. In having close ties with Broadwell, Petraeus may have shared confidential information with the North Carolina resident about the attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya.
The scandal is also shining a negative light on the Obama administration which has been accused of trying to cover up all of the details that led to the death of a U.S. ambassador in Libya. There are also rumors that the cheating story was purposely kept under wraps until after President Obama won re-election.
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