Update: 12:00 p.m. General Allen’s aide, speaking in response to the alleged exchange of 30,000 emails between General Allen and Jill Kelley, said there weren’t even hundreds of emails and they were innocuous. He said there was no physical relationship.
Many emails discussed minutiae which he politely answered, according to his aide. The aide added that General Allen would sometimes call her “sweetheart” which was meant in a platonic way.
The numbers of emails were inflated according to a defense official at the Pentagon. “That is a mischaracterization,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The communications with General Allen were lumped in with a lot of other email traffic.”
General Allen is supposed to give his assessment of troop draw down within weeks and has been less-than-enthusiastic about the resources he has been given in Afghanistan.
Original Story: 11:13:12: In another bizarre twist to the Petraeus story, the third woman involved in the Petraeus case has been exchanging thousands of emails with General John Allen. If I wrote this up as a novel, it would be rejected as unbelievable.
General John R. Allen, Commander, US Commander in Afghanistan, is under investigation for “inappropriate” emails to Jill Kelley, the third woman attached to the Petraeus scandal. Mrs. Kelley is the woman who received threatening emails allegedly from Paula Broadwell.
General Allen will remain in his position for now while the Inspector General continues the investigation. Panetta ordered the investigation Monday. It involves 20,000 to 30,000 emails and other documents from Allen to Kelley.
Jill Kelley is not employed by the State Department but volunteers for social planning.
General Allen’s nomination as NATO commander is now on hold. General Allen said he did nothing wrong.
Why do these generals put anything personal in emails?
In the Petraeus-Broadwell case, the FBI searched the Broadwell home last night.