The rapidly unfolding scandal surrounding David Petraeus’ affair ensnared another top-ranking official overnight, with the American commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Allen coming under investigation for “inappropriate communications” with a woman at the heart of the controversy.
A senior defense official confirmed the investigation was due to allegations of inappropriate emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, a close friend of the Petraeus family. Kelley was the woman who originally notified the FBI when she received threatening emails from Petraeus’ mistress Paula Broadwell — that investigation later uncovered the affair.
The nature of the communications between Allen and Kelley remains unclear. The senior defense official said officials are reviewing 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents — mostly emails — between 2010 and 2012. The official would only say “there is the distinct possibility” this case is connected to the Petraeus investigation.