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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Scandal widens!


FBI agent sent shirtless photos to Jill Kelley, woman linked to Petraeus scandal

The Petraeus scandal that rocked the country just days ago has now become even more bizarre as it’s been revealed that Jill Kelley, the woman who received threatening emails from David Petraeus’ mistress, was sent shirtless photos by an FBI agent who “pursued a friendship” with her, reports the New York Times.

Scott Shane and Charlie Savage of the Times report Tuesday morning that when Kelley began receiving frightening anonymous emails that indicated “an inside knowledge” of Petraeus—one of them accusing Kelley of inappropriately touching the retired general “under a dinner table”—she brought the complaint to a “rank-and-file agent” she was familiar with.

“…That agent, who had previously pursued a friendship with Ms. Kelley and had earlier sent her shirtless photographs of himself, was ‘just a conduit’ for the complaint... He had no training in cybercrime, was not part of the cyber squad handling the case and was never assigned to the investigation,” write Shane and Savage.

The lawman with the proclivity for showing off his physique has now been dubbed “Agent Shirtless,” according to the New Statesman.

The Wall Street Journal reports the agent was removed from the case because his supervisors were concerned he was becoming “obsessed with the matter, and prohibited him from any role in the investigation...” (Continues)

(Reuters) - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for alleged inappropriate communication with a woman at the center of the scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, a senior U.S. defense official said on Tuesday.

The revelation threatens to fell another of the U.S. military's biggest names and suggests that the scandal involving Petraeus - a retired four-star general who had Allen's job in Afghanistan before moving to the CIA last year - could expand.

The U.S. official said the FBI uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of communications - mostly emails spanning from 2010 to 2012 - between Allen and Jill Kelley, who has been identified as a longtime friend of the Petraeus family and a Tampa, Florida, volunteer social liaison with military families at MacDill Air Force Base.

It was Kelley's complaints about harassing emails from the woman with whom Petraeus had had an affair, Paula Broadwell, that prompted an FBI investigation that ultimately disclosed Petraeus' involvement with Broadwell. Petraeus resigned from the CIA post on Friday. (Continues)
(CNN) -- The scandal that took down former CIA Director David Petraeus has ensnared another powerful general.

Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is under investigation by the Defense Department for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to Jill Kelley, the woman whose complaints about e-mails from another woman led to the discovery of Petraeus' affair and his eventual resignation.

While details remained sketchy Tuesday, President Barack Obama ordered that Allen's nomination to become NATO's supreme allied commander be put on hold pending the outcome of the investigation. 

He will retain his post as the commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan pending Senate confirmation of a successor, according to the Defense Department.

Allen has denied any wrongdoing, a senior defense official said.

The newest revelation adds another wrinkle to an unfolding drama that has shaken the military and Congress, where some have called for an inquiry into why congressional officials were not told sooner of the FBI investigation that uncovered Petraeus' extra-marital affair. (Continues)

CBS: ISAF commander Gen. John Allen under investigation over 'inappropriate' emails

U.S. General John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, is under investigation over allegations of “inappropriate” emails between him and the woman who sparked the probe into CIA Director David Petraeus, officials said early Tuesday.

In a statement, the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that the FBI had referred “a matter involving" Allen to the Department of Defense. (Continues)

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