General Caught in Petraeus Scandal

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U.S. General John Allen stands during a media conference after a meeting of NATO Defense Ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. The North Atlantic Council has approved the appointment of General John Allen, currently the commander of the NATO-led ISAF mission in Afghanistan, as the new Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.

It just gets worse—the sex scandal that brought down Gen. David Petraeus has widened to include Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. The FBI is investigating between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of “potentially inappropriate” communications since 2010 between Allen and Jill Kelley, the Tampa woman whose initial call to the FBI uncovered Petraeus’s affair with biographer Paula Broadwell. In a statement, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Allen would remain in his post while the investigation proceeds but asked the Senate to move up the confirmation of Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, his likely successor. It is unclear whether Allen will be subject to criminal prosecution—adultery is classified as a crime in the U.S. military.