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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Another General Under Scrutiny In Sex Scandal

Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, left, is under investigation for thousands of alleged “inappropriate communications” with Jill Kelley, right, a Florida woman who is a Petraeus family friend. (AP)

‘A Greek tragedy’ is how one congressman today described the latest revelations in the case of emails about an extramarital affair that ended the career of CIA director David Petraeus last week.

From left to right, David Petraeus, Scott and Jill Kelley, and Holly Petraeus watch the Gasparilla Parade in Tampa, Fla. in 2010. (Amu Scherzer/The Tampa Bay Times)

The career of Petraeus’s one-time deputy is now in jeopardy, because of emails he sent to a woman involved in the Petraeus case.

General John Allen was due to be confirmed this week as the U.S. commander in Europe, but that’s on hold because he allegedly had inappropriate communications with Jill Kelley, the Tampa woman who said she received harassing emails from Petraeus’ ex-mistress.

And in a bizarre twist, the FBI agent who started the whole case was a friend of Kelley’s who’d once sent her a shirtless photo of himself.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran, senior correspondent for The Washington Post told Here & Now that Allen and Kelley apparently exchanged thousands of pages of information, but only several hundred emails.

And a source close to Gen. Allen tells Chandrasekaran that even though Allen occasionally addressed Kelley as “sweetheart” in the emails, there was no sexual relationship between the general and the socialite.


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  • Just In Time

    I have noticed the obsession with the media to milk this story dry. The intrigue of Gen. Petraeus and now Gen. John Allen and two fairly good looking ladies. Yes, America loves its fascination with sex, screen and sport. Thousands of e mails. Hey, maybe some juicy stuff here, a real live soap opera for the masses to be distracted by from any “real news”. 
    When will NPR and the rest of the media focus on the other generals who lost their jobs in the past month?
    Namely we have the following:

    Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette was found to be unfit for command 0n 27 Oct 2012.

    US Army General Carter Ham was fired for defying Leon Panetta on Benghazi on 18 Oct 2012
    Brigadier General Jeffery A. Sinclair was accused of sex crimes in early Nov 2012.
    US Navy Commander Joseph E. Darlak was relieved of his command after a rowdy, booze-fueled port visit to Vladivostok, Russia on 2 Nov 2012.

    When in the past has the US had so many top military officers removed from their position is such a short time? Talk about the timing and coincidence of this. I would expect those who follow NPR would be thinking outside the box, but rather I see comments here mainly focused on the sex aspect of it.
    NPR listeners don’t get any more info from their news than from the rest of the media outlets. Its all the same garbage.
    I see a few comments here bring up the possibility of a failed military coup against Obama. More generals will surely fall due to this as the FBI spreads its tentacles to find more “rogue” soldiers who threaten the Status Quo in Washington. There  is more to this soap than the media is saying. Its not what they say, its what they don’t say.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003000884786 Navin R Johnson

       Not sure if I would jump to the conclusions you are leaping to, and that is quite a leap.  However, I do agree that there seems to be a much larger story here than is being reported. 

  • Guest

    How about looking into a good old fashion academic scandal and cover-up, now? The, high-stakes, 2004 Siemens science competition? That was a good one, involving possibly over 2-3 dozen people, many holding prestigious academic positions. The cover-up of this , originally minor, “debacle”, included some in the news media who were protective of the powerful Siemens corporation (since found to have been corrupt throughout that period).
    Some heads now need to roll in academia, as well, since the other 1200+ competitors never learned the truth of what happened that year. Why did all these people agree to cover up what happened (since the cover-up was much more serious than the original incident)? What did news outlets like ABC News and NPR get for helping Siemens out of a jam and preventing them from having to face major embarrassment and possibly worse?

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